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  • Magdalen College School
    Cowley Place
    Oxford
    Oxfordshire
    OX4 1DZ
  • Head: Ms Helen Pike
  • T 01865 242191
  • F 01865 240379
  • E registrar@mcsoxford.org
  • W www.mcsoxford.org
  • A mainstream independent school for boys aged from 7 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 896
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £16,485 - £17,115 pa
  • Open days: Whole School Open Morning in September. Open Afternoons throughout the year
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

One afternoon a week in the lower sixth is spent on Waynflete studies, which involves a series of talks by experts in their fields on anything from world economics to swine flu. Pupils then choose their research topic (generally, but...

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What the school says...

MCS combines a superb and consistent academic record with outstanding pastoral care and numerous opportunities for a wide variety of extra-curricular activities in sport, music, art and drama. The dynamic staff are renowned for their commitment to helping pupils achieve success both in and out of the classroom. Emphatically a day school, with no Saturday school, MCS recognises its partnership with the family and is eager to maximise the formative influences of home life.

As an academically selective independent school, MCS retains its privileged position at the heart of one of Europes most beautiful cities and one of the worlds leading universities. It also has the good fortune of being able to share the facilities and resources of the university campus and city around it.

The introduction of girls to the Sixth Form three years ago has seen applications to join the school at 16 double.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Mathematics (Further) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Classical Greek at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Music Performance: Group at an English Independent School (Grade 5 Music or Dance)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Speech & Drama at an English Independent School (Graded Drama Music Lit Speech)

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

Sports

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

One afternoon a week in the lower sixth is spent on Waynflete studies, which involves a series of talks by experts in their fields on anything from world economics to swine flu. Pupils then choose their research topic (generally, but not always, closely linked to their likely university subject) and are taught initially by lectures and seminars at school, then in individual or paired tutorials by university academics...

Master

Since September 2016, Helen Pike MA (x 3), previously head of South Hampstead High. Formerly a teacher of history/politics with a pedigree to intimidate all-comers - her previous schools include St Paul's Boys (head of politics), Westminster (history) and City of London Boys (dep head of sixth). She is a novelist (The Harlot's Press - a Georgian, political bodice-ripper which, of course, all the South Hampstead girls rushed...

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Special Education Needs

Learning Support at Magdalen College School is designed to ensure the full inclusion of boys in the learning process so that no boy is prevented from achieving his full potential in any sphere of school life because of a learning difficulty, personal or medical problem. However, there is no specialist Learning Support centre and pupils assisted tend to have mild forms of dyslexia etc.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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