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ORA is delighted to offer summer school and International Study Centre students the chance to live and work in our beautiful 17th century manor house.
Yarnton Manor is a beautiful manor house on the outskirts of Oxford, dating to the 17th century. Built by the aristocratic Spencer family in 1611, it played a role in the English Civil War. In the 20th century, both Iris Murdoch and John Betjeman were guests at the manor, before it became home to the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. In 2014, it was acquired by Oxford Royale Summer Schools.
Much of the architecture of the manor is original; it was restored with a sympathetic hand at the end of the 19th century. Though it isn’t far from the city, it has a friendly and secluded feel, in the manner of a traditional English boarding school. Walking into the manor feels like stepping into the past; anyone with an interest in English history is sure to love it here.
Yarnton Manor is located in the village of Yarnton, a 15 minute drive from Oxford city centre. Regular minibus trips are available to transport students into the city centre.
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Students will be accommodated in single and twin rooms, both in the historic manor and in modern outbuildings. Bathrooms are shared between a few students. Male and female students will be separated by corridor and/or staircases.
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In the manor, students are overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford.
The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications.
The manor has a few members of residential staff who live on-site throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.
Yarnton Manor is a recognised member of the Historic Houses Association, who represent over 1,600 of the United Kingdom’s historic buildings and stately homes. All HHA properties are, like Yarnton Manor, Grade I or II listed, and comprise a significant portion of the country’s cultural heritage. Other HHA properties you may be familiar with include Blenheim Palace, Longleat House, and Highclere Castle.
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, UK company number 6045196. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.