Beresford

Beresford is the Junior Boarding House for boys and girls aged 11-13.  Set approximately two minutes off site in Chart Road, it is a large residential house. 

We have five bedrooms, all with ensuite facilities, a study room, a lounge, a large family kitchen, a small laundry and a basement games room and movie area. We also have a lawn garden with a small five-a-side football pitch, a vegetable garden, chicken coops and a patio with barbecue seating area.

Staff

Mr Chris and Mrs Pauline Davenport are the resident Houseparents at Beresford. Mr Davenport is also Head of English and teaches some Junior Games at Sutton Valence School. Mrs Davenport is a qualified Art teacher and both have a lot of experience with regards to boarding school life and pastoral roles within schools. Their daughter, Sophie, currently attends Sutton Valence Prep School. 

Miss Gray joined Sutton Valence School at the start of the Lent Term 2014, having previously lived and worked in a School in Cambridge. Miss Gray is Head of Junior Leadership, she teaches Religious Studies and is also involved in coaching swimming and debating.

Ms Alex Akehurst joined the School in Lent Term 2017 and is a Modern Foreign Languages teachers. She is a keen swimmer and is excited to make her mark on the Beresford family. 

Mr Harrison Wells is one of the Prep School's Sports teachers and has recently completed his undergraduate degree in History. An Old Suttonian, Harrison is the ideal evening companion in the House; a hugely committed and personable young man, he performs his duties in looking after the pupils expertly.

The Housekeeper at Beresford is Mrs Lindsey Butler. Lindsey manages the smooth running of all domestic duties in the house. She takes care of laundry, cleaning and provisions in a highly professional and meticulous manner. We are lucky to have her on board!

A Typical Day

The Beresford boarders are woken at 7.00am and prepare themselves for the day. They travel to School by minibus at 7.35am for their breakfast in the Refectory.  At the end of the School day the boarders once again file into the Refectory at 5.15pm for their evening meal, once they have finished they then return to Beresford by minibus, accompanied by the duty member of staff, in time for some ‘free’ or ‘down’ time between 5.50pm and 6.30pm. Between 6.30pm and 7.30pm the pupils sit quietly and complete their prep, supervised by the duty member of staff, before enjoying some more free time and showering in time for bed at 8.45pm. It is accepted that lights will be out just after 9.00pm each evening.

There is an overnight laundry service for ‘emergencies’ and a daily wash for nonessential items.

We welcome all styles of boarding from full and weekly through to one-off stays when parents are away or late collections after school events.

Mr Chris Davenport
Housemaster

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