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School maintains that it is ‘relatively unselective’, but this is Oxford so the parent demographic probably ensures a ready supply of curious minds and high expectations. While boys don’t need to be musical to join NCS, the professionalism of the choristers and calibre of music teaching mean that it’s highly likely they will be by the time they leave. Even the tiny pre-preppers have two music lessons a week (one singing, one ‘formal’) and perform in their own nativity play and annual ‘showcase’, so naturally by year 3 they’re ready for Gilbert and Sullivan...

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What the school says...

Situated in a leafy corner of the heart of Oxford, the school has been educating boys since 1379 and supplying choristers for New College's internationally-renowned choir. With traditional academic, cultural and sporting strengths, the school prepares pupils for entry and scholarships to local independent schools and major boarding schools.

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



What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2019, Dr Matthew Jenkinson, previously deputy head academic, head of history and senior English here and one of the chorister tutors. Has a DPhil from Oxford, having won the Thompson Prize at the University of Durham. He holds masters degrees in historical research and educational leadership and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. The author of several books and hundreds of articles on a range of historical and literary topics, his outside interests are - as one might surmise - mainly cultural, though he has a weakness for Italian crime drama and most things Italian.


This is a small school with only one class only per year group, so if your heart’s set on it for your son it’s best to get his name down as early as possible – and...

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Specific learning difficulties are addressed by two peripatetic teachers. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator oversees documentation and liaison. 09-09

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