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Lessons are relatively informal, while being highly engaging and interactive, with teachers constantly checking that everyone has ‘got it’ before moving on. The students we met were unanimous in singing their teachers’ praises. ‘You won’t find better teaching anywhere,’ one girl told us appreciatively. d’Overbroeck’s doesn’t have its own playing fields but makes the most of the extensive facilities across Oxford. This seems to work well, with students being ferried by minibus to a number of excellent sporting venues...

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d'Overbroeck's is a fully co-educational independent school for students aged 11-18. Day only in Years 7-11; day and boarding in the Sixth Form.

Main entry points at age 11 (into Year 7), 13 (into Year 9) and 16 (directly into the Sixth Form).

The school provides education that is highly distinctive, enjoyable and fulfilling. The atmosphere is supportive and encouraging, enabling students to achieve excellent results and benefit from an outstanding education.

d'Overbroeck's was rated 'Excellent' for all aspects of its educational provision in its most recent ISI inspection. Outstanding academic results are coupled with excellent pastoral provision and a richly varied programme of co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. There is a palpable sense, throughout the school, of shared values strongly held, and this is at the heart of what makes the school ethos vibrant, forward-looking and, in lots of ways, robustly and refreshingly distinctive.

Scholarships are offered in a number of areas including academic, art, music and drama.
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International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.


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Since July 2019, Jonathan Cuff, who had been holding the reins since January 2019, following the departure of previous principal Emma-Jane Henry. He studied PE and RS at Brunel and completed as MSc in education leadership at Leicester, then worked in co-ed boarding schools Framlingham, Worth and Mill Hill in roles including housemaster and director of hockey, before becoming deputy head at Hampshire Collegiate. He joined d'Overbroeck's as deputy principal in August 2017. He has a keen interest in child mental health and well-being, and is a passionate fan of the Welsh rugby team.

Academic matters

Sixth form offers 35 subjects at A level (all the usual, plus others like film studies, history of art, philosophy, sociology and photography). Unlike some schools (and thanks to nifty timetabling) students can choose virtually any mix of A levels....

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

We have considerable experience over the years of teaching students with dyslexia and other mild learning difficulties, and we have a strong track record of success in this area. Our small classes, flexible teaching methods and strong focus on meeting individual needs makes this a positive, confidence-building environment with a clear emphasis on identifying strengths and building on them. Students quickly realise that we are always ready to understand and address their particular needs and to help them find strategies that work for them - without in any way singling them out or making them feel self-conscious.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
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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