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Cosmopolitan lab technicians and librarians can juggle Dostoyevsky in English or Harry Potter in Cyrillic. Art takes place in a charming converted chapel, where the high ceilings and gallery provide a serene light for painting. There’s a dark room, complete with leering skeleton, for photography. One family chose the school for the efforts it made to accommodate their son’s ice hockey talents; ‘I didn’t want to go to a school where everybody rowed or played rugby’. The creative part involves a wide range of arts, music, writing, debating...

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What the school says...

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.

Based on the Government Performance Tables published in January each year, for the 5th year St. Clare's has the best sixth form results in Oxfordshire and has the 10th best sixth form results amongst all 4,303 state and independent schools included in the tables in England. In May 2014, 121 students took the International Baccalaureate Diploma resulting in an average points score of 36 out of 45 points; the average worldwide points score for all schools and colleges is less than 30 points. Four students were awarded the maximum 45 points something less than 0.2% of the student body achieve worldwide.

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. A new science and teaching block was opened in 2014. 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. During their two years at St. Clare's they are well prepared for and guided through decisions and applications.

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.
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Since January 2017, Andrew Rattue MA PGCE, previously head of King's College, the British School of Madrid. English degree from Oxford; taught at Mill Hill and Haberdashers' Aske's, head of English at Highgate, second master at RGS Guildford and head of RGS Worcester. He was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Dallas, Texas and also worked in Thailand after leaving university so internationalism is very much in his blood. Four children; his interests include drama, music, film, all sports, the Victorians and other cultures and languages.

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They come from the four corners of the globe to study here for the two-year IB diploma. The school was a proud pioneer in offering the IB, now has over 35 years' experience, and achieves consistently high results. IB is no walk in the park, six subjects: three at...

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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
Not Applicable
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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