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Locals will tell you that OHS is not the poshest or the shiniest local school but with its lack of pushy marketing is highly authentic in its offering and, dare we say it, not as catty as some. Focus is on girls’ intellectual agility; creative problem-solving rather than spoon-feeding, and with all that Oxford offers on its doorstep, exposure to world class influencers is inevitable. Cast an eye over the pupil-produced annual school magazine. With a theme that changes annually (most recently OHS! in the style of OK!) it’s packed with wit, humour and opinion...

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What the school says...

Oxford High School is Oxford’s oldest girls’ school, a leading independent day school based in the heart of Oxford for girls aged 4 to 18 years.
We are a vibrant and happy school full of bright, clever, interesting pupils. We have a wealth of alumnae who have become leaders in their chosen fields across the world, and we have consistently high academic results at GCSE and A Level.
We encourage our girls to be ambitious in all areas of life, to develop self-confidence, aware of the impact of their actions on those they care about, on the wider world and upon themselves. We live life to the full, proud of our past and preparing for the future.

Oxford High School is one of 26 Girls’ Day School Trust schools. All GDST schools share a common set of values that support our aims and place girls first.
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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.


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Since 2017, Dr Philip Hills (40s), previously deputy head at Hampton School. Educated at Colchester Grammar then Cambridge (first in classics), where he also directed plays and played football before going on to write a PhD on Horace. Stayed on at Cambridge as a lecturer and research fellow, then began his teaching career at Eton, moving on to head the classics departments at Bristol Grammar and then St Paul's. Attracted to OHS by ‘the huge creative buzz of the place’. Says he has set about ‘stepping up’ the music to fall in line with the already excellent drama and ‘building on potential’ where sport is concerned; ‘we need to celebrate success more’. Has yet to win over the parents we spoke to, however, who felt his main focus is to ‘zero in on academic...

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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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The Learning Support department at OHS works with subject teachers to identify and support girls with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). The focus is on empowerment, with tutorials and small group sessions to consolidate strengths and discover strategies to take advantage of these, not only at school but throughout girls’ lives. We recognise that students with SEND are no less likely to achieve the best grades in public exams or be offered places at the most competitive universities, and are proud that the progress made by girls with SEND at Oxford High School matches or exceeds that of their peers. Many girls at Oxford High School speak languages other than English and a few speak English as an additional language (EAL). The Learning Support department offers support to those who require this.

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