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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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What the school says...

St Clare's, Oxford is an international day and boarding 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. The success of the school can be put down to a combination of factors - a stimulating IB curriculum, excellent teachers and a supportive environment where young adults are able to flourish.

A St Clare’s student is independent-minded, inquisitive, and demonstrate a life-long passion for learning. They are currently ranked 12th in the UK for results (The Times, UK). In 2020, they earned an average IB point score of 37 out of 45 and achieved a 100% pass rate; this compares very favourably to the world average of 30, and the world pass rate of 79%. In recent years, four students gained the magic maximum 45 points, a grade achieved by only 0.2% of students around the world. Many of their students have gone on to study at prestigious Universities worldwide, including Oxford University, UCL, John Hopkins University, and Utrecht University. Their expert Careers and Higher Education team offer specialist guidance on University applications and career paths throughout the two years of study.

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, including a significant number of British students. The 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 modern student accommodation. Their college is not a gated campus: based in leafy, suburban North Oxford, students benefit from being part of a welcoming local community which is enriched by their youthful joie de vivre. With the city centre in walking distance of the campus, learning and cultural discovery often takes place in the museums, universities, and parks that the beautiful city of Oxford has to offer. The college’s extensive programme of social, cultural, and sporting activities further complements student life.

St Clare's offers a number of academic scholarships and bursaries to students from all backgrounds. Scholarships applications are considered in February each year. Shortlisted students must attend a will be invited to attend a Scholarship Day where prospective students will sit tests, interview with the Principal, and review financial information.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: middle years - middle Years is a programme for ages 11-16.

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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