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We eavesdropped on an English class celebrating a successful spelling test with a box of chocolates, before moving on to discuss Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Pupils enthusiastically raised their hands to take part in the informal brainstorming. Elsewhere we visited the cookery class, where the chef was rustling up a pasta sauce. ‘It’s the best lesson’, said one boy, ‘sometimes he shouts at you - like Gordon Ramsay, a good shout - and you get to eat it afterwards’. It’s a long day - 8.15am to 6pm - with obligatory…

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What the school says...

Bloxham School is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for students aged 11-18. Situated in the beautiful Oxfordshire village of Bloxham, the school is only three miles away from the M40 London to Birmingham motorway. Our students enjoy superb facilities for academic work, sport, technology and the arts on a modern, single-site campus.

With around 440 students, Bloxham is small enough to ensure that each student receives individual attention, yet large enough to offer every opportunity a school twice its size could deliver. Our flexible approach to boarding responds to the demands of modern family living with all our students, Boarders and Day Boarders alike, being allocated to one of Bloxham's six senior Houses. The Houses are tight-knit communities of their own, providing a friendly environment where students feel welcome and secure. They celebrate the diversity of our community and are instrumental in developing confident and caring young people who have the knowledge and qualifications to go on to succeed in their chosen path.

Don't forget to take a look at our website for further information on what a Bloxham education can offer you and your family.
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Sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Shooting

Sailing

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Headmaster

Since 2013, Paul Sanderson BSc MPhil (40s). A native Ulsterman who graduated in biology from St Andrew’s before training as a teacher at Oxford, then did an MPhil at Cambridge. Early posts in the science department at maintained schools including Lancaster Royal Grammar and Carr Hill High before moving to director of curriculum and deputy head at Gordonstoun. Genial and at ease in his comfortable study, he expounds on the wider remit of the school: ‘Our job is to educate, body, mind and soul…We’re trying to prepare kids for when they are thirty five, not for eighteen’. He has improved the exam results, ‘not by being selective, but through teaching and learning and making sure resources are available’ and has developed links to businesses by encouraging degree-level apprenticeships and direct consultation. ‘We asked employers...

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Special Education Needs

Bloxham School runs a special three-year course for up to six dyslexic pupils each year from Year 9 to the GCSE year. This course, which replaces modern foreign languages on the timetable, was opened in 1985. For entry, pupils should have a WISC or BAS combined score of 120 or more. After-school tuition is also available for dyslexic pupils in Years 7 and 8, and for dyslexic pupils in Years 9 to 11 who are not on the course. Because the course has for so many years drawn high-achieving pupils to the school, dyslexia has a high standing in the school community.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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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