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Cosmopolitan lab technicians and librarians can juggle Dostoyevsky in English or Harry Potter in Cyrillic. Art takes place in a new purpose designed Art Studio with natural north facing light. 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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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 January 2017, Andrew Rattue MA PGCE, previously head of King's College, the British School of Madrid and before that head of RGS Worcester. English degree from Oxford and PGCE from King's College London; taught at Mill Hill and Haberdashers' Aske's, head of English at Highgate, second master at RGS Guildford. 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 (he has a masters in Victorian studies from Birkbeck) 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 40 years'...

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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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