Heythrop Park

Taking new strides in laying the foundation for its student’s future academic achievements, Pippa’s Guardians is running its first ever Welcome Course this August at the beautiful Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. This course is designed to dispel any nerves or concerns for those starting at boarding school in September 2018, and ensures our international students have the best possible start to boarding school in the UK.

The six expert speakers, including previous and current distinguished Heads of independent schools, experienced teachers and an etiquette coach, are all highly successful in their respective fields with valuable knowledge to share. Covering everything from daily routine, key contacts and extra-curricular activities, through to an in-depth break down of the UK curriculum and planning for a university education, new international students will feel equipped to make the most of their unique opportunity to study at a British boarding school and begin their exciting educational adventure.

Meanwhile, whilst the students learn about the practicalities and culture of boarding life, parents will enjoy an exclusive tour of Oxford University as well as a visit to the incredible Blenheim Palace. Parents will also have the opportunity to listen to talks on the academic cycle, communicating with schools and, importantly, guardianship and the role of the host family, given by Pippa’s Guardians Managing Director Ben Hughes.

Welcome Course is also a fantastic opportunity for your child to make friends and meet other students in the same situation. Understanding what to expect when it comes to sleeping arrangements, finding their way around school and coping with homesickness will have a significant impact on your child’s transition to boarding school.

The Welcome Course fee includes three nights accommodation at Heythrop Park hotel for one student and two parents, chauffeur transfers from London or Heathrow, all meals for students and parents for the duration of the course, admission to the tour of Oxford University and Blenheim Palace and transport to both and lunch at My Sichuan, as well as all the speakers and etiquette training. For more information, pippasguardians.co.uk/welcome-course