Our House System

Within the BOSS Family we have several smaller families who together make up our House System. Each house has a House Tutor who will welcome our students into their houses and provide them with all the care that they need during their stay. Our House Tutors will be our students’ first point of contact and the person our students should turn to for advice or assistance. Having said that, students may also speak to any member of staff who all live onsite to provide that extra level of care and attention.

Our House System provides our students with a “home-from-home” environment that will help each of them to learn and grow as individuals and as leaders. Without realising it, everything that our students do is a valuable life lesson that will help them to develop under the close mentorship of our House Tutors.

The comradeship and sense of belonging that grows within our House System naturally encourages our students to work together with each other, to do their best and to succeed with pride in all that they do.

Each house is unique offering single, twin, triple or quadruple rooms, the majority of which are now en-suite. Each room has a bed, a desk, a chair, a wardrobe and drawers.

Key Facts

Accommodation: We have three houses for boys and three houses for girls. All houses are onsite and arranged according to the following age groups – 8 to 11, 12 to 14 and 15 to 17. Please note that we do not have en suite accommodation for students aged 8 to 11 however all bathrooms are within a 5 second walk from bedrooms.

Rooms: We offer rooms with two, three or four beds and some singles. All rooms have beds, a desk, a chair, a wardrobe and drawers.

Room requests: We strongly recommend that all students share a room with someone of the same age who cannot speak the same language. Any specific room requests will incur an extra charge of £125 per week.

When students arrive at BOSS they are assigned to houses which are organised according to sex, age (8 to 11, 12 to 14 and 15 to 17) and language spoken. We encourage students to share a room with someone who cannot speak the same language so that they can practise their English and learn about other cultures. It also helps them to make friends quicker.

These houses are not just places where students sleep, they are teams and withing their teams, students work together all week to make sure that their house is the best. Students are awarded house points for working hard, for being the best house during room inspections, for winning competitions, for being helpful, for having the best song, for being creative and for thinking outside of the box. This encourages our students to work together as a team, to always try their best and to take pride in what they do.


The house points competition runs for a week, from 19:00 on Friday to 19:00 on Friday and whichever house has the most house points will win pizza and the right to eat first in the dining room for the whole of the following week. If your house finishes second, you eat second and so on. In this video we can see Wells House celebrating their pile of pizzas by singing their house song!

Check out the fierce competition in the videos above!

Buckswood Overseas Summer School

Rye Road

East Sussex

TN35 4LT

T: +44 (0) 7596 609400

E: summerschool@buckswood.co.uk

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