Image: Mr Crossley and family at the boarding house Christmas Meal
Welcome from the Head of Boarding
Boarding at Shaftesbury School enjoys a well-established and rich heritage dating back to 1898. Barton Hill House, a short walk from the main School, was developed to accommodate boys and girls in 1994, and is now a comfortable, modern and bright boarding house with accommodation for up to 100 students. We are proud to be one of the few state boarding schools in the UK and our boarding house was reopened in 2012 by HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex following a refurbishment and new build. Every year we welcome students from all over the world to join the ‘Barton Hill Family’. I live here with my wife and two children and this is very much our family home like it is for all the boarders.
I believe that anything is possible if you work hard to achieve it and I am so proud of the results and outcomes our boarders achieve each and every year.
Everyone’s success is personal and as a team we work so hard on the individual things which can make each person’s day a success for them. We are a boarding school for everyone, whether you are aiming at the very best universities in the world, or looking for a stable, comfortable environment to live and study. I encourage you to come and visit us to see for yourself the warm, caring environment we have here and to see if you would like to join the Barton Hill family.
Mr Crossley – Head of Boarding
Boarding is fun, exciting and provides a constant safe environment in which to learn. There is no doubt that boarding improves students’ self-confidence and independence. Here at Barton Hill House we always encourage students to take responsibility for themselves whilst being guided and nurtured. Boarding allows learning to continue outside of the classroom and the opportunity to learn from the staff and other students as role models and peers.
Living in Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury is a beautiful English country town situated atop a hill with spectacular views overlooking the Blackmore Vale. The town welcomes many visitors every year to explore the old Abbey and Gold Hill, made famous for a TV commercial in the 1970s. The town features many shops and restaurant and plenty of places to stay. Students are always encouraged to engage with the local community and many of our boarders play for local sports teams and work in the charity shops. Although Shaftesbury is a small town, it is safe and there is always plenty to do.
Useful Information, Documents and Permission Forms
Students and Parents Thoughts
Life in Barton Hill House – As a Sixth Former
On my first day at Barton Hill, I was not much like everyone else; excited and bubbly. I was more reserved with only a few words to say; I was really a bit shy actually. I think that was mostly because I was slightly overwhelmed by the unexpectedly large amount of people I was seeing from different cultures but as the days passed by, I became a lot more open and talkative quite rapidly as I became accustomed to the very friendly atmosphere in the boarding house.
My Experience at Shaftesbury School and at Barton Hill House
As a foreign student you sometimes feel scared and confused once you go to live in a boarding house. The feeling of not being so close to your family and friends can be terrifying for most of us, but not once you step into the welcoming environment at the boarding school in Shaftesbury. Throughout the two years I spent at the boarding house, I’ve not only had an amazing studying environment in which we are encouraged to do everything at our best by caring house parents, but I’ve also gained a second family.
Letter from a Boarding Parent
We think that the boarding experience has had a very positive impact on our son. He has felt that he belongs to Barton Hill House and he is significant (belonging and significance, the two most important needs any individual has). This has enabled him to fulfill his potential. This experience has enhanced the character qualities he already had: a warm disposition, his sense of responsibility, his consideration of others and his willingness to learn.