Boarding in the sixth form is a great preparation for university. Girls usually have twin rooms in the Lower Sixth and single rooms in the Upper Sixth. New girls share with a girl who has been in the school a while and can help them make friends and find their way around. There are cookers in several kitchens and the housemistresses guide the girls through a series of easy recipes which are nutritious and quick to prepare. There are also washing machines so that girls can do their own laundry.
In the sixth form boarding house there are few compulsory trips, but rather a range of activities and events chosen by the girls. At weekends girls may go into Banbury or Oxford or home to visit parents. Saturday and Sunday evenings are usually community times when the girls get together to watch their favourite TV show and relax. At other times they use the library, the dedicated sixth form art and textiles room or their own rooms to work on their AS/A levels and a range of extra-curricular activities.
Inglis (LVI) 16+
Moving into the sixth form is an exciting new phase of life, where new and existing girls make a fresh start together on their journey towards adulthood. Inglis is a modern, purpose-built block, linked to the UVI house. We recognise that girls of this age are moving towards greater independence. We aim to create a “half-way house” between a family home and a university hall of residence, where girls can begin to manage their lives in a safe and nurturing environment. Girls are accommodated in comfortable, twin-bedded study rooms. They have a common room and a laundry room, kitchen and dining area, which enable them to develop life skills needed for university. There is a grassy quad, where girls sit outside at weekends in nice weather and where house barbecues are held.
Girls have the opportunity to serve on the Sixth Form House Council, which influences trips, activities and the general running of the house. Typical weekend activities include trips to West End musicals, socials with boys’ schools, meals out and the cinema, in addition to in-house cookery sessions, barbecues and tea parties. There are also subject-based activities such as visits to art galleries and in-house workshops. Most girls seize the opportunity to participate in programmes such as Tudor in Four Continents, Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh and Young Enterprise. Many remain committed to sport and participate in weekend matches. LVI girls are allowed to go to Banbury or Oxford in small groups or home for lunch at the weekend. They also have two privilege weekends per term, when they can visit their families or friends.
What do the girls say?
We have more independence, but the house staff are never far away when we need them. Olivia
In the 6th form, the dorms are really nice and modern. We get a really big desk each which is really good for our increased workload. It feels a lot like it would at university, so I think that this gets us used to what it will be like. These have been my favourite dorms throughout the school, as they feel a lot more mature and grown up. Tilly
I love the kitchen because it is not only a place to cook but also a place to socialise. It allows me to cook the food I like with my friends, preparing me for university Sophie
My mum loves the fact that we have washing machines because it teaches me to be independent and means I don't bring dirty washing home at the weekend! Lily
Inglis (16+) Housestaff
Inglis house is named after a former Headmistress.
Jen Ranson LVI Housemistress
The transition to Sixth Form is a Tudor Hall milestone. You will develop a greater sense of independence, have the guidance to prepare for living away from home at University, the opportunity to develop as a leader and make your mark on the school and the chance to give back to your community.
People describe me as energetic and unrelentingly enthusiastic. For the last two and half years I have been living and working in a British International Boarding School in China. I’ll be bringing all of my experiences as Head of Girls Boarding with me along with a mastery of chopsticks. I have taught Geography to A-Level for the past seven years in independent schools and grammar schools.
I’ve inherited a love of mountains from my husband Ben. We met whilst training to be Geography teachers in Sheffield. He was working as a Mountain Guide and was looking for a career change, he now works as the Head of Geography in a local academy. Together we have explored some of the great mountain ranges of the world. I am a complete convert to the importance of extra-curricular and adventurous activities for our girls. So much of my strength and resiliency has come from pushing through my boundaries in these experiences. It’s an honor to be part of the Tudor Hall family and support the girls in becoming their best self.
Lizzi Snoddon LVI Deputy Housemistress
I have worked in education for 10 years in which time I have worked in several institutions including state and private schools. 5 years ago I became a Housemistress and I absolutely love it!
I love being with the girls and I am passionate about making sure they all have a great time in lower sixth. My door is always open; whether you want advice on how to use the washing machine, to chat through university courses, tell me about your driving lessons or just spend time together in the evening chatting about your day. In Inglis we eat a lot of ice cream, drink a lot of hot chocolate and enjoy a variety of movies together.
Inglis House is a fantastic place to live. The boarding team in sixth form work hard to ensure that whilst girls can enjoy the greater sense of freedom and responsibility, they still benefit from a warm home from home environment that provides excellent pastoral care. I love being involved in the pastoral side of the school; it is a great privilege to support the girls at such an important stage of their lives.
Along with my responsibilities in the house I am also the Head of Photography and Media and work closely with the Outdoor Education Department.
My spare time is spent coaching the local women’s rugby team in Banbury and regularly visiting family and friends by the coast. I live with my best friend Ar’fa, a 3 year old Sprocker who loves living in the boarding environment and spending time with the girls… if you have a ball he will be your best friend!
Ashtons (17+) Housestaff
Kelly Thornton UVI Housemistress
After completing my Bachelor of Arts in physical education at De Montfort University in Bedford in 2007, I spent two years teaching in a local state school, where I was Acting Head of Girls’ PE. Before joining Tudor I spent three years living in Australia, working in a primary school where I was Head of Physical Education and Sports Coordinator.
I joined the Tudor Hall PE Department in January 2013 after relocating back to the UK with my husband. I am looking forward to being the Housemistress of Ashton’s in September and taking care of your daughters for a second time. I will continue to be involved with the PE department and will contribute to the PE extracurricular programme.
Henry and Jacs Vigne UVI Deputy House Parents
Jacs and I would just like to say a very warm ‘hello’ to you all as we are going to be Deputy House Parents in Ashtons next year. I will help to run the house on a day-to-day basis with Kelly Thornton, and Jacs will work alongside me in the evenings and at weekends.
Jacs and I and our 10 year old daughter Camilla are very excited at the prospect of our new role in the UVI house, and are very much looking forward to meeting you all and working with both you and your daughters to make their final year at Tudor an incredibly successful and happy one.
I began work at Tudor Hall in September 2016, teaching both History and helping to deliver the Leiths Certificate course. From September I will continue to teach some History, will extend my role within the Food Studies Department, and will work alongside Kelly Thornton in Ashtons. Jacs works as a Human Resources consultant, but largely works from home, and will always be on hand in the evenings and at weekends when we are on duty.
Jacs and I both love the ethos that Tudor Hall has, and want to work to ensure that your daughters develop independence and maturity in their final year here. We both firmly believe that the girls need to be as well prepared as possible, both academically, but also in terms of life skills, for the world outside Tudor, be that going straight to university, into the work place or on a gap-year. We will try our hardest to ensure that your daughters leave here ready to take all that comes next in their lives.