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 awarded an academic scholarship and a music award . He joined in Year 7 and after only two weeks we noticed that his confidence and spirits were lifted. The staff and pupils made him feel very welcome."
Mrs Judith Dawson, Parent