Lower School Boarding House - Park Close
Park Close is the idyllic home of the Lower School's weekly boarding cohort. Situated a short walk off the main campus and set in its own gardens and grounds, the house can accommodate approximately 31 children, with the girls' bedrooms occupying the top floor and the boys' the middle. There is an excellent social space, well equipped with television, piano, a Wii, IT kit and popular games (all for when the weather prevents outdoor fun). Meanwhile, the outside space includes a cricket pitch, tennis courts and astro cricket nets.
Boarding is very flexible- it can be all week or just a couple of nights a week and short-notice stays can be accommodated as long as there is space in the House. Evenings are busy for Lower School Boarders, with a well-run programme of events and activities, including theatre trips, film nights, sports and swimming, bowling nights, a table tennis and climbing club and other seasonal excursions.
Exam House Captains are Jake Faithfull and Emma McGowan.
House contact details
House contact number: 01295 721712
Lower School contact number: 01295 724337
Head of Lower School, Tom Tuthill, is also House Parent at Park Close, alongside his wife Claire, who took up their positions in September 2015. They work hard to understand each individual's needs, ensuring all children settle quickly and feel Park Close is a home away from home. Tom and Claire live on-site with their three children- Isabella (who joined Bloxham last year), Daisy and Jack. Tom has been at Bloxham since 2009, having previously been Director of Sport for three years, he is now Head of Politics and teaches some Geography. Claire is a maths specialist and has spent her entire working life in a prep school environment, although she is currently not teaching, Claire is enjoying her role as Houseparent at Park Close. Away from the school, Tom and his family love spending time outdoors.
Tom and Claire are supported in the house by their Assistant Housemistress, Sophie Heathcote. Sophie joined Bloxham in 2004 and became Lower School’s Sports Coordinator in 2013. She is a great asset to the team. She helps out and takes part in the First and Second Form camps (where her previous experience as an A&E nurse can be useful!), as well as providing support to the PE Department in hockey, rounders, tennis and netball. Sophie became Assistant Housemistress of Park Close in 2015. She has three children; Alice, Harry and Louisa, who have all studied at Bloxham.
Housemaster & Head of Lower School
Call 07958 777286