Occasionally during term time and especially during half-term holidays, our overseas full-time boarders greatly benefit from a warm welcome by local families with whom they experience all of the wonderful variety British life has to offer. It is a win-win situation where pupils can practice their English and really engage with their new home culture, and Durham School families can develop relationships with pupils and their families from other cultures.
In summary, host families show hospitality to our overseas full-time boarding pupils during half-term holidays, are available in emergencies, and keep in touch with the School and the pupils’ parents during term time. We love to see our pupils embraced by caring local families who welcome them to a home away from home. This might include inviting them over for an occasional Sunday lunch, celebrating birthdays and special achievements with them, supporting them in sports fixtures, etc. Such an experience during these pupils’ formative years is in alignment with the School’s goal of increasing their confidence for life.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this programme, either by being hosted or by hosting a pupil, please contact Mrs Anne Sharp through her website here.
More in this section:
- English as an Additional Language Department
- EAL Department Faculty
- Tutorial System
- Overseas Agents
- Host Families
"Our son was delighted with the level of learning support he received. His teachers encouraged him not to use his dyslexia as an excuse for under-achieving but equally gave him extra time to complete his work when necessary. Whilst at Durham School our son enjoyed numerous extra-curricular activities - rugby, cricket, ski trip, camping at Kielder, school drama productions, walking Bonnie (the former Housemasters family's dog) and of course, supporting the 1st XV at Twickenham! "
Roz Lyall, Parent of Old Dunelmian