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With 265 15 to 18-year olds thrown together so far from home, what could possibly go wrong? Well, not a great deal, says head. School apparently ‘reads the riot act’ when pupils arrive and thereafter works on the basis that open channels of communication and lashings of trust go a long way to keeping teenagers on the straight and narrow – and when trouble does rear its head, clear consequences are set in motion. ‘There are very few rules, but they are strongly enforced,’ say parents. Pupils respond well to this: ‘it feels like home. There’s very little we can’t do ...

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St Clare's is a non-selective college located in elegant north Oxford. The college has a worldwide reputation for expertise in providing the IB Diploma and embraces internationalism and academic excellence as its core values. We put our success down to a combination of factors - small class sizes, students who are serious about their work, the stimulating experience provided by the IB curriculum, excellent teachers and a supportive environment where young adults are able to flourish.

St Clare’s students achieved an impressive set of results in the May 2017 exams. Four students gained the magic maximum 45 points, a grade achieved by only 0.2% of students around the world. Their average points score was 36; this compares very favourably to the world average of 30, with a 97% pass rate; the world pass rate is 79%. A quarter of St Clare’s students gained the elite category of 40+ points, putting them in the top 5% in the world and 60% of students scored 35 points or more (considered equivalent to over 4 grade As at A level). In 21 subjects they had average scores of one grade or more higher than the world average.

The college prides itself in providing an atmosphere that is informal and friendly, encouraging personal responsibility and international friendships. Over 40 different nationalities are represented, about 15 percent are from Britain. St Clare's campus is made up of 27 large Victorian and Edwardian houses to which purpose-built facilities have been added including a science and teaching block, an art studio and a beautiful new house built within the gardens of an existing house forming a traditional Oxford quad. Students live in college houses close to the central campus, under the care of residential staff. St Clare's also welcomes students from the local area as day students. There is an extensive programme of social, cultural and sporting activities and students are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities that Oxford provides. The vast majority of St Clares graduates go on to university or take gap year options. During their two years at St Clare's they are well prepared for and guided through decisions and university applications by the excellent full time Careers and Higher Education Advisor.

St Clare's offers a number of academic scholarships and bursaries. Scholarships applications are considered in February each year. Shortlisted students must attend a Scholarship Day where they sit tests, have interviews with teachers and the Principal and parent financial information is reviewed.

Two Open Mornings are offered in September and January each year.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2017, Andrew Rattue MA PGCE (50s). Formerly head of King’s College, the British School of Madrid, and prior to that head of RGS Worcester. Read English at Brasenose, Oxford and later Victorian studies at Birkbeck before nailing the hat-trick with a PGCE from King’s College, London. Says teaching was ‘the last thing I wanted to do,’ but following a postgraduate stint working in a school in Thailand, and there discovering that he possessed that rare and fearless quality of enjoying the company of teenagers, his destiny was sealed and his career has seen him teach English at Mill Hill and Haberdashers’ Aske’s (including a sojourn as a Fulbright exchange teacher in Dallas, Texas), become head of English at Highgate and second master at RGS Guildford. Joined St Clare’s ‘at an important time,’ he...

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Special Education Needs

Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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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