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.
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.
The Out Tutors are Miss Emily Davies, Mr Harrison Wells and Dr Marc Brown. The Out Tutor team assist the Houseparents during the week and at the weekends.
Miss Emily Davies is a Junior Tutor, she also teaches Drama and Home Economics. Miss Davies loves singing, dancing and keeping fit. She has recently become involved in fundraising for a local cancer charity where she is a young ambassador.
Harrison Wells is our gap student. 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.
Dr Marc Brown is a Junior Tutor who also teaches Physics. His years of experience working with the Junior pupils will make contact time with him in Beresford all the more important and enriching.
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 have a continental-style breakfast every morning before travelling to school by minibus. After school, those not attending extra clubs, music practice or events, come home. In the evening, supper is served in the kitchen between 6 and 6:25pm after some free time in which the boarders can relax and reflect on their school day. We all eat together so that supper has a family feel where we share trials and tribulations of the day. After supper, all boarders have one hour of prep session in which the duty member of staff will be on hand to supervise and lend help. Then there is free time to either watch TV, chat in the kitchen, play in the games room or enjoy the garden.
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