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All schools say that they nurture every child as an individual, but common sense tells us that this is easier to achieve in a school of 120 rather than an academic super tanker of 800 or more. One thing we kept hearing about Wychwood was that ‘teachers have time for you’ and that ‘they encourage us to follow our own interests’. The school will (‘within reason’) run a course for just one student; for instance, GCSE astronomy was taught for the benefit of a single star-gazing girl. Girls we met were thoughtful, independent-minded – lacking the swagger of…

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Wychwood is a unique and friendly day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18, with excellent academic grades and outstanding pastoral care. Situated in the heart of Oxford, we offer an exceptional education for pupils of all abilities through small class sizes which allow for extensive individual attention. Established in 1897, individuality has always been more important than conformity at Wychwood and the girls have opportunities for success in many directions. We pride ourselves on giving each pupil the consideration and total support of a highly dedicated staff, enabling them to discover, realise and exceed their initial potential. ...Read more

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Since 2012, Mrs Andrea Johnson BSc (50s). Comes from a family of teachers and doctors and intended ‘never to do either’. She read chemistry at Durham, did a PGCE ‘because it might be useful’ and unexpectedly fell in love with teaching. Formerly assistant head at Tudor Hall where she worked for 20 years, she is the first head of Wychwood not to be an old girl. Teaches chemistry to year 7 and 11. Married to a retired scientist, two adult children, at least one intends to continue the family tradition and is training to be a teacher.

Mrs Johnson is energetic, genuine and very friendly – her presence is reassuring, rather like a wise owl, and one feels she could cope with anything (parents tell us that she does). Just as...

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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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Special Education Needs


Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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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