Information for new boys and parents September 2020
These pages are intended for parents of new September 2020 entrants only. Information for 2021 entry will be available in the summer term.
Thank you for coming to the New Boys’ Section of the website where you will find all the information you need to make the entry process as smooth as possible.
Please take the time to read all sections carefully. The information here is relevant to new boys regardless of which year group they are entering (Shells, Remove or 6.1), but please note that some forms are only relevant to certain years.
Below you will see a document outlining our procedures for the return to school in September 2020 and also a set of FAQs for overseas parents. We have three underlying priorities. The first is to protect the safety and welfare of all boys and staff, adhering to government guidelines as we do so. The second is to plan for a return that replicates as much of the normal Radley experience as is possible, as soon as it is safe to do so. The third is to maintain the high quality of Virtual Radley until it is no longer needed. As government advice continues to evolve, so we will continue to adapt. You will be contacted later in the summer with more details about exact timings for the first day.
The time of arrival will be:
New Shells: 10.15am at Social
New Removes: 1.30pm at Social
New Sixth Form: 2.00pm at Social
Full details will be emailed to parents when finalised.
Please find the link to a guide to the re-opening of Radley College in September.
All parents who live overseas must complete the two forms below. Due to Covid-19, and the complications this might cause with travel plans, please only complete the First Arrival Arrival Transport Form when all your son's travel plans have been securely confirmed.
Please also ensure you complete the Medical Forms that are marked with an asterisk (separate section)
It is essential for all parents of new boys (Shells, Remove and Sixth Form) to complete and return the Medical Forms that are marked with an asterisk (*) by 22 June 2020.
Please note: the Medical Centre deals with these forms separately, so they need to be returned directly to the Medical Centre (not Admissions) either by email to: email@example.com or by post to Medical Centre, Radley College, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 2JG.
Please complete and return the forms marked with an asterisk (*) by 22 June 2020. Medical Forms are listed separately and must also be completed by the same date.
Some forms are for specific year groups only (Shells, Removes, Sixth Form).
Haddon Cup (Shells only. No parent response required until further notice)
Musical Information and Tuition Requests (this has been sent separately - only complete if you have not already done so)
Modern Languages* (Shells only. This has been sent separately - only complete if you have not already done so)
CCF Parent Letter * (Removes only)
Shell Games Information * (Shells only)
Removes Games Choice * (Removes only)
6.1 Games Choice * (Sixth Form only)
To ensure that your son starts the academic year at a level of physical fitness that will enable him to make an instant impact on sport, please follow these strength and conditioning guidelines.
Clothing & Equipment Information and Checklist
The following information is intended for new parents 2020.
Please order by contacting Shepherd & Woodward Shepherd & Woodward on 01865 249491 or visit the store at 109-113 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BT.
Sportswear is supplied through Radley and has a separate ordering system (Shopify). The online shop is now CLOSED but parents can still make their order by completing the Sportswear Order Form within the 'Other Forms' section on this page and emailing the Shop firstname.lastname@example.org
For summer 2020, we have had to cancel our Pop Up Shop. We are also assuming that most people will not find it easy to visit Shepherd and Woodward in Oxford although it is now open if you would like to contact them on 01865 249491 - 109-113 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BT.
Items that can only be bought at Shepherd & Woodward are marked on the Checklist below with an asterisk (*).
Name tapes: Radley will order your son's school name tapes and will arrange for all his Daywear (from Shepherd & Woodward) and his Sportswear (from Radley) to be named and ready for his arrival in September.
Once your order has been placed, over the summer period S&W will deliver it directly to Radley. The garments will then be name-taped. We provide a free name-tape application for garments purchased via S&W. The order/uniform will be placed on your son's bed, ready for you to check, on his arrival at Radley in September.
Due to the Covid 19 situation there is a production delay for name tapes, which will hopefully be resolved within the next few weeks. Once the labels are received a batch will be sent to the pupil's home address for their casual clothes (sportswear and day will be nametaped at Radley).
- 1 x Social Academic Gown*
- 2 x Social tie*
- 1 x pair black leather lace up shoes (not suede)
- 1 x pair dark trainers
- 1 x navy blazer/jacket
- 2 x charcoal grey trousers
- 1 x charcoal grey suit single breasted (Sunday Chapel and away matches)
- 1 x jumper, navy/dark grey, washable (not cashmere)
- 1 x belt (black leather)
- 2 x white formal shirts
- 6 x pastel shirts (modest stripes or plain)
- 7 x plain dark socks
- 10 x boxers/pants
- 4 x sock bags*
- 7 x white handkerchiefs
SPORTSWEAR AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Sportswear is supplied by Radley College. The online shop is now CLOSED but parents can still make their order by contacting Shop by email email@example.com
Please note that sportswear should be delivered to Radley College for nametaping.
New sportswear information for new Shells (2020)
Shell boys will be doing a rotation of a number of different sports until rugby can fully resume. In the first four weeks of term the boys will have an opportunity to take part in and play the following sports: cricket, swimming, rackets, fives, football, squash, badminton, real tennis, hockey, golf, beagling and rugby skills.
In terms of kit required:
Clothing - usual games kit and Social shirts will be fine, but if you have tennis or cricket clothing (a cricket box in particular) it would be a good idea to bring it.
Equipment - again, don't worry if you haven't got specialist equipment such as cricket bats, pads etc as we can manage without them, but if you do have such equipment then please bring it. Please do pack rugby boots as there will be skills based sessions for all boys in the first few weeks of term. If boys have mouthguards, please do bring them. If not, there will be a chance to have a mouthguard fitted within the first few days of term.
Tennis is not included in the Shell circus. However, the new Shells will certainly be able to play tennis, notably on Sunday's so should bring rackets if they have them and are keen on tennis. Tennis lessons are available for those Shells who wish to have extra tuition (at a cost) in Central hour. Mr Woodling, Master ic Tennis, will collect the names of those who wish to take these lessons early in the the term.
New sportswear information for new Removes and 6.1s (2020)
It has now been decided that the boys will be doing Summer term games options until the weekend of 3/4 October. This means that there will be a choice of: cricket, rowing, tennis, athletics, rugby academy, golf (for players with a golf handicap) and swimming. There will also be a limited chance to do some sailing, beagles (kennel work) and polo. Full details will be explained to the boys on arrival by our Director of Sport, James Gaunt. The boys will be asked to make a choice at a meeting with him on the first evening of the Michaelmas term.
In terms of kit required:
Clothing - usual games kit and Social shirts will be fine for much of this, but if you wish to play cricket please ensure that you have cricket clothing (a cricket box in particular).
Equipment - if you opt for cricket, golf or tennis you will need to bring whatever equipment you have (bats, rackets, clubs etc.). After 3/4 October we hope to play rugby so if that is your option, please do still pack rugby boots and, if you have them, mouthguards.
- 1 x WeatherLayer Jacket
- 1 x TrainaLayer Bottoms
- 1 x Quarter Zip Midlayer Top
- 2 x Reversible Games Shirt
- 1 x Performance Tee Shirt
- 1 x Performance Polo Shirt
- 2 x Blitz Rugby Shorts - Navy
- 1 x Blitz Rugby Shorts - White
- 1 x Baselayer Top
- 2 x Pro Socks
- 1 x Baselayer Shorts - Navy (optional)
- 1 x Baselayer Shorts - White (optional)
- 1 x pair rugby boots (see below)
- 1 x trainers/gym shoes (inside sports)
- 1 x trainers (outside use)
- 1 x swimming trunks
- 1 x swim goggles
- 2 x white sports socks
- 1 x back pack/holdall (away matches, named)
Rugby (due to Covid-19, boys will be doing different sports until rugby can fully resume. Please do pack rugby boots as there will be skills based sessions for all boys in the first few weeks of term. If boys have mouthguards, please do bring them. If not, there will be a chance to have a mouthguard fitted within the first few days of term).
- 1 x pair Rugby boots - evidence strongly supports the view that the nature of firm autumn grounds causes young boys, in particular, to suffer from sore ankles and feet as a result of training and playing in new unbroken rugby boots. As a result, boys can miss out on several days of sport due to easily avoidable injuries. Undertaking some form of regular exercise over the summer holidays will help as will wearing a softer rugby/football boot. These boots, termed ‘moulded firm ground boots’, have rubber studs rather than screw-in metal ones (not to be confused with a ‘blades’ style sole) and we would highly recommend your son having a pair alongside his normal rugby boots.
- 1 x Mouthguard: we strongly suggest that boys wear mouthguards when playing rugby or hockey. Due to Covid-19, if boys have mouthguards, please do bring them. If not, boys will be measured for mouthguards in the first few days of term (assuming close contact is permitted). We use the professional mouthguard company, Impact, for this purpose and we do not recommend that you use any home impression kits which can be unreliable.
- 1 x Hockey stick - generally speaking, boys should bring their own stick. We do occasionally have a supplier visit Radley.
- 1 x Astroturf boots
- 1 x pair shinguards - boys should come with shin guards but they are available in Shop if required.
- 1 x Mouthguard (as above)
- 1 x pair gloves (optional but recommended)
Cricketers should supply all their own equipment: bat, pads, gloves etc. Please note that new boys do not need to purchase cricket wear until the Summer term and at that time, they will also require the following:
- 1 x Cricket helmet: it is school (and national) policy that all pupils should wear a helmet when batting, keeping wicket or fielding close to the wicket on the leg side. Please ensure that your son has a helmet, preferably maroon, if he is a keen cricketer; if he currently has a helmet of a different colour he can use it until he needs a new one.
Requires no specific kit for Shells.
Trainers are essential for all sports throughout the year. If your son is likely to play racket sports, golf or any other additional sport at Radley, he should bring the appropriate equipment. In particular, please be aware that eyewear protection should be considered. If your son is playing football, he must wear shin guards.
Please note that there is a strong likelihood that any future insurance claims will be invalidated if safety guidance, given above, has not been followed.
For 2020 only, please ensure boys have the following:
- 6 x 100ml Hand Sanitizer (65%+ Alcohol)
- Bring your own pillow
- 2 x boxes of tissues
- Forehead thermometer strips
- 2 x pump action antibacterial soap for use in study/cubicle
- 2 x additional hand towels
- 1 x face mask (precautionary - for use should the need arise)
Home Clothes and Nightwear
After lunch on Saturday and after morning Chapel on Sunday boys may wear home clothes. Casual footwear (e.g. deck shoes) is advisable. The current school rules define permissible home clothing more precisely and boys have to obey the spirit of the regulations, which are aimed at comfort rather than expensive showiness.
- 1 x jeans
- 1 x sweatshirt
- 3 x t-shirts
- 1 x shorts
- 1 x pair casual shoes (e.g. deck shoes)
- 2 x pyjamas
- 1 x dressing gown
- 1 x slippers/flip flops/sliders
- 1 x shoe cleaning kit
Laundry, Bedding and Room Requirements
All boys should bring their own duvet together with two covers. Please ensure the name tapes are sewn near the opening of the cover. Parents should ensure that all clothes and duvets are suitable for machine washing and tumble drying (ideally, polycotton). Hand washable items cannot be laundered at school. There is a dry cleaning service for suits, gowns, jackets etc. for which there is an extra charge. There is no extra charge for laundry, the cost of which is included in the basic fees.
- 1 x duvet + blanket (optional)
- 1 x pillow (optional)
- 2 x duvet covers (named on the outside at the bottom)
- 1 x mattress topper (a good optional extra)
- 2 x bath towels
- 1 x swim towel
- 1 x plate, bowl, mug, cutlery (named)
- 1 x wash bag
- 1 x set of toiletries including deodorant (roll on only please), shampoo, conditioner, body wash etc.
All boys will be issued with a Casio calculator in their first term at Radley and therefore should not bring one at the beginning of term.
Boys may keep bicycles at school, subject to sufficient storage space, but the College is not responsible for the loss, through theft, of them. It is advisable for 'wet bobs' (boys who row in the Lent and Summer terms) to have bicycles as the river is 1.5 miles away. They should be sturdy, have secure locks and be marked clearly with the boy’s name, initials and Social letter. It is unwise to bring expensive new bikes back to school. Helmets must be worn by all cyclists and should be clearly marked.
A Tuck Box should be brought back clearly marked with name or initials (available from Shepherd & Woodward). Bread and milk are provided within Socials. Other foods for casual snacks should be brought if required along with the necessary utensils to eat/drink/cook them. Extra milk can be ordered within the Socials.
- 1 x tuck box* (lockable)
- Healthy snacks (no perishables)
- Cereal, savoury rice cakes, biscuits, pasta/noodle pots, soft sweets etc.
- No chewing gum please
There is no need to buy or use a trunk and they are positively discouraged; soft luggage is preferable to bring the boys’ clothing back. In addition, all boys should bring a holdall for use at Leave-Away, Privilege Weekends and away matches.
A ‘starter pack’ of stationery for your son will automatically be delivered to Socials for the start of term. It consists of:
- 7 x Ring binders
- 2 x Red soft-backed maths exercise book
- 4 x Sets file dividers
- 1 x Magnapad
- 1 x Red and blue pen
- 1 x Squared paper refill pad
- 2 x HB pencils
- 1 x Graph paper refill pad
- 1 x Colouring pencils
- 1 x Yellow highlighter
- 1 x 30 cm Ruler
- 1 x Oxford Maths Set
Boys should bring their own pen (ink or cartridge). Shop can supply this and other items of stationery if they are not already owned.
Shop: Pocket Money/Cashless Cards
We operate a ‘cashless card’ system (EPOS) for purchases of food and drink in Shop and the Clocktower Court Coffee Shop. Your son will automatically have £80 credit on his account and this can be topped up by you if required later in the term. Shop also accepts cash and, from parents, credit cards.
In terms of pocket money, the norm for a new boy is approximately £40 per term and this money should be placed with the Tutor's Social bank, either in the form of cash or by cheque made out to ‘Radley College A/C’.
When your son is at Radley he will be able to buy replacement items of clothing through Shop or you can continue to go via Shepherd & Woodward.
The above instructions are available to print here.
Radley offers a 1-1 iPad scheme for the new Shells starting. Each Shell receives an iPad with Apple Pencil and keyboard case to ensure everyone has access to the technology and to act as a companion to their studies, allowing them to take advantage of digital inking and other technologies used in learning for their first three years.
iPads are used to provide all the educational benefits whilst at the same time allow access to other devices, such as phones, to be more closely monitored and, especially in the junior years, appropriately restricted. This will provide reassurance to parents and to Tutors from a pastoral perspective but allow educational advantage to flourish.
During the Shell year, there is no particular need to purchase an additional device. The iPad will provide the technology they will need for their school life. All the boys have Office 365 accounts for email and to provide access to Word, Excel, etc, along with targeted apps issued by the College. If there is a particular reason to purchase an additional device, please note that in the working environment of Social Hall there is limited secure space for devices so Shells should not bring desktop computers or large laptops to Radley. Most importantly, don’t commit to purchasing an expensive machine for the start of the Shell Year. If unsure, please consult with the Social Tutor.
In addition to any personal technology, there are around 150+ College PCs available to boys across the campus.
Many boys will argue that they will "need" a computer for their GCSE years (Removes [Year 10] and Fifths [Year 11]) - but in practice they simply want a device for games, music and video. The issuing of iPads (from their Shell year) provides all the necessary tools for completing work and is a controlled environment. As boys progress to the end of their GCSEs it may well be prudent to consider a more substantial device for their A-level study relevant to the subjects they seek to read. Very few GCSE subjects have coursework and, where coursework does remain, it must often be supervised in one of our computer rooms on a College machine.
So the genuine requirement for a machine is - at best - tenuous. Of course, most Removes will also argue that "everyone else has got one", which is largely true but is largely self-proving.
Removes & 6.1
If you are joining from the Remove year onwards, the type of device you purchase is key. From an educational perspective, the future of technology is clearly mobile and touch-based; it is essential that the device has a touch screen with stylus to take advantage of a natural handwriting input. Wireless is necessary, and it would be prudent to setup an Amazon account and/or an iTunes account for reading eBooks through kindle software or iBooks. There is and will continue to be an every changing market of devices to purchase, and a product that fits with the above requirements irrespective of spec will be sufficient, if you want the device to last longer, a higher
specification should see it through 5-6 years of advancements. When shopping around, it is worth noting that there may be educational discounts available which can be accessed with any registered radley.org.uk email address.
The premise of the iPad scheme for Shells is a device that will see them through the first 3 years of study, acting as a companion in lessons, after which their digital note taking skills will become second nature, and it is hoped they will continue to use the iPad as a note taking device throughout their A-level studies, whilst supporting more complicated work with a laptop or other computer in their room (or using College PCs).
Most importantly, don’t commit to purchasing an expensive machine for the start of the Remove Year. A decent tablet will be more than sufficient for the first few years: small enough to be carried and to be stored securely overnight; cheap enough that any disaster can be absorbed without too much family strife.
New boys may bring mobile phones which will, initially, be kept by Tutors and handed out at appropriate times. Please note, mobile phones are not covered under the school personal effects insurance policy.
All boys are required to have a pair of small headphones with a 3.5mm jack plug for use with their iPad or for use in lessons incorporating IT.
Radley is a full boarding school where weekends are busy. Please see the website for full details regarding term dates. The general rules for going home are as follows:
1. Leave Away
We have a half term (Leave-Away) every term.
All boys go home for Exeats and, if a boy’s parents live abroad, arrangements must be made for him to be looked after during this time (please see our Educational Guardianship Form). The aim is to give boys a good break over an extended weekend, so Exeats run from 12.40pm on the Friday to 9.00pm on the Monday. Please do not make arrangements that require boys to leave early for this break. The pattern for Exeats throughout the year is as follows:
Michaelmas Term: Two Exeats (Michaelmas and Advent), one either side of Leave Away.
Lent Term: One Exeat before Leave Away (Hilary).
Summer Term: Depending on public exams, we sometimes have an Exeat in the first half of the term (Trinity).
3. Privilege Weekends (‘privi’)
Every boy is allowed two privis in each term (one each side of Leave Away), but if there is no Trinity Weekend he make take three privis in the Summer Term.
A privi starts immediately after a boy’s games commitment on a Saturday, and boys should return 9pm on Sunday.
All boys may take an extra ‘privi’ after a Social Culture Evening.
In the unusual event of a request for a further ‘privi’, Tutors will refer to the Sub Warden.
Over these weekends school commitments must take precedence and parents should not feel pressurized about them if they live a long way from Radley. We would wish to stress that privis are times for going home so that a boy can keep in close touch with his parents and are not weekends to be spent in London with friends.
When a privi is being arranged, a boy’s Tutor must receive written or e-mail notice by a week in advance.
Boys are also allowed out on a Sunday when school commitments permit. In practice this means after morning Chapel (11.15am), returning by 9pm. It would be unusual for a boy to go home on a Sunday regularly.
These should be booked to depart no earlier than 15.45 (or 16.45 for long-haul flights) - taxis generally leave from Bursary at 13:00 for the airports and Oxford Station, in time for 16:00 flights from LHR (17:30 for long haul), and for flights departing after 17:00 from Gatwick.
Transfers can be arranged outside these times in exceptional circumstances, with permission from your son’s Tutor.
Please contact Bev Jane (Common Room Secretary), on 01235 548566 or BJ.Jane@radley.org.uk who is happy to help make arrangements and answer any queries.
Return flights should arrive no later than 7.30 pm so that boys have returned to their Social by 9.00 pm. Parents may contact a taxi firm direct to arrange for their sons’ return to College or through Bev Jane before the end of previous term.
Contact details for taxi companies are:
Go Green Taxis: 01235 811100 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abingdon/Auto Taxis: 01235 527711 / 524780 or email@example.com
Boys who have Guardians in the UK will need to complete this ‘Travel Form’, each time they leave school to stay with their Guardian (available from their Tutor).
Dear Shell Parents
We very much look forward to welcoming your sons to Radley in September and to getting to know both you and them over the next few years. I hope this information is helpful and puts you in the picture about a few Chapel related issues.
Sunday Services: Parents and families are always most welcome to join us for our Sunday services, details of which can be found in the Calendar. Although the Chapel is full through the week, on Sundays there are always a number of boys away on privileged weekends (‘privis’), so we have plenty of room for visitors. The only exceptions to this are the first Sundays of the Michaelmas and Lent terms when the Chapel is particularly crowded, but apart from those two Sundays we look forward to welcoming you to Sunday Chapel. Morning services are followed by coffee in the Mansion which is a friendly and convivial occasion. So if you are collecting your son to take him out after morning Chapel (or returning him, if Chapel is in the evening), do please feel free to join us; we would be very glad to see you.
Confirmation: We have two Anglican Confirmation services each year, one in March and the other in November. Boys are confirmed from every year group in the school and twice a year there is an opportunity for boys to sign up for Confirmation. There is also a Roman Catholic Confirmation service in the Summer Term.
Roman Catholics: Roman Catholic boys are very much part of the school’s Christian community and they come to daily Chapel services on weekdays with everyone else. Mass is celebrated by a Roman Catholic Priest in the Chapel of the Resurrection (above Memorial Arch) on some Sundays (the dates are published in the Calendar) and parents are again most welcome to attend.
Parents’ Prayer Group: A group of parents meets two or three times a term to pray for the life of the school. If you would like more information then please contact Mr Ed Holt.
Other Christian activities: There is a wide variety of other voluntary Christian activity at Radley, including Christian talks, Lent Addresses, services of Compline, choral events and the weekly Christian Forum.
We welcome all boys to Chapel no matter what faith background. Chapel very much represents the community spirit of our school and is a warm and welcoming environment.
If you would like to speak to me on any of the issues above please do contact me.
The Revd David Wilson
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