‘In Burton Bank, high standards are set both academically and pastorally, and all the students are encouraged to support and guide one another through their time at Mill Hill.’
Burton Bank House was purpose-built to accommodate boarders in 1934. It replaced the original Burton Bank, which was situated on Burton Hole Lane, off The Ridgeway. It now caters for up to 38 boys aged 13 to 18, and up to 16 Sixth Form girls. Each individual is prompted to develop and to make the most of his or her particular talents, based on the firm conviction that the School provides much more than an academic opportunity, and pupils are encouraged to attend as many as possible of the public performances of sport, drama, music, art and other entertainment that they can realistically fit into their busy schedule.
The multi-cultural, multi-racial nature of the House is deemed to be a strength by pupils and their parents. A virtue of this is made by, for example, having a traditional Christian celebration at the end of the Autumn term, celebrating Chinese New Year in the Spring term, and having a Russian evening at the beginning of the Summer term. Tolerance, understanding and respect for self and others are integral to the philosophy of the House and help to create a distinct family atmosphere.
What the pupils think
Ese Osoroh – Upper Sixth
Two years ago, Burton Bank was a completely new environment for me. However, it didn’t take long before I felt settled here: everybody was welcoming and friendly. Burton bank itself is a beautiful place surrounded by a lot of greenery which includes a spacious garden that we use for events like BBQs and a wide range of sports. Mr Turner, our new Housemaster spreads a positive vibe through the House which has made a huge impact. Matron Ferone is a mother figure in the house who cares for everybody, ensures we are treated equally and helps us with our struggles including our work. There is certainly a family spirit in the house and I know all Burton Bankers would agree with me. We are allowed to voice our opinions and preferences of the house through the House Council system which is chaired by the House Prefects to ensure everyone’s voice is heard. Our staff are receptive to new ideas and changes are actually made here. As a full boarder, weekends are vibrant thanks to the games room, TV room and the option to go out into London. Burton bank is a dynamic house because there is always something going on which is evident from our twitter page @BurtonBank: we have all gone on an army assault course together as a teambuilding exercise, attended cultural trips to the theatre, discussed the benefits of mindfulness and, we are in the middle of the House pool competition. One of my favourite things about boarding is being able to learn about, celebrate and appreciate different cultures. I have learnt a lot about Chinese, Russian, Korean, Indian and many other cultures just through regular conversations with the other boarders. Pupils are encouraged to talk about their culture and have given informative presentations, which often involves the consumption of native food afterwards! Ultimately, boarding at Burton Bank has been a worthwhile experience for me- I will be upset to leave this summer and I will miss the House and my fellow Burton Bankers dearly.
Alex Li – Remove
I joined Burton Bank from September 2014 and I have been a boarder for a year and a half. I shared a room with two other people in Fourth Form and now in the Remove, I share with one other person. As a full boarder, I also stay on the weekend. There is a plenty of things going on at the weekends. We usually have a themed evening on Saturday evening, sometimes with a movie and we can order take-away which is a real treat. If you still feel hungry, you can always go to the kitchen at any time before bed time. There is a great variety of food available in the kitchen and you can also cook with your own food that you have bought. It is easy to just make yourself a sandwich, salad or even pancakes.
Foluso Sowunmi – Fourth Form
I have loved boarding since my arrival in September 2015; making many new friends made me feel more confident about boarding. The other residents of Burton bank are friendly, warm and welcoming which is comforting. I always love coming back to Burton Bank after school because it has a homely feel to it. As a weekly boarder, I am always overwhelmed at how quickly the week has gone but I’m excited to see my family. I always sleep comfortably in Burton Bank. The prep room is a really good workspace in which I can work well and think properly with the help of the house prefects who supervise us to ensure we are using our prep time productively.
Andrei Lejonvarn – Remove
Burton Bank has been my home for the last two years and I’ve enjoyed every day. Our relationship between each other is both very friendly and positive; we are one big family. The activities we do every day bring us closer and closer, such as the pool competition and our weekly movie nights. Our Housemaster, Mr Turner has brought nothing but good things to this boarding house. His enthusiasm towards us encourages us to strive to be better, work harder and get involved in more extracurricular activities. Being a weekly boarder was a bit daunting at first; however the kindness of the Burton Bankers has always shown and has made my experience an enjoyable one.