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One afternoon a week in the lower sixth is spent on Waynflete studies (the school was founded by William of Waynflete), which involves a series of talks by experts in their fields on anything from world economics to swine flu. Most parents agree that their children are not hothoused – 'they don't feel that their noses are to the grindstone' – but they are expected to buckle down and work long hours at home. The 13 acre school field is just over the Cherwell - rowers can launch straight from the school. The school has had exceptional successes at sailing...

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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 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)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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.






What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 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 to read) and an academic editor. Her stepsons studied at Magdalen College School and her partner is Professor George Garnett, the senior proctor at Oxford - so this move has, indeed, enabled her to spend more time with her family. She is a very modern, dynamic head.

Head of junior school since 2012, Tim Skipwith, previously head of the middle school (years 9-11), a...

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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

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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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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