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Type of school : Co-educational
Age range : 13-16 for International School / 16-18 for Sixth Form (+ Senior school aged 11-16 for day students only)
Location : Oxford
Number of pupils : approx. 600 day, 240 boarding
d’Overbroeck’s is a leading UK co-educational independent day and boarding school located near to the centre of Oxford. We are well known for our encouraging and supportive approach as well as for excellent academic results and outstanding pastoral care. Teaching is in small classes so every student can be heard and can participate in lessons and ask questions. As well as being experts in their subject areas, our teachers excel in motivating and inspiring students.
We offer A levels in our Sixth Form and IGCSE and pre-IGCSE programmes at our International School.
Sixth Form is based in outstanding modern facilities in North Oxford, with a recently built Sixth Form boarding house directly opposite. We have over 350 students, the majority of whom are from the UK. Classes are small (usually maximum of 10) with highly interactive and motivating teaching. The teaching is designed to help students achieve the best grades but also develop critical thinking skills which are vital for university success. Each student has a Director of Studies who monitors their progress and provides guidance individually including one-to-one advice on the university application process.
Alongside the academic programme there is an extensive academic enrichment programme developing research skills, communication and team working skills and independent learning. These are much valued by the top universities. For example all students have the option to join d’Overbroeck’s Plus Programme and to undertake an Extended Projects. Students also enjoy a full range of activities, sport and social events. We also run specialist programmes for students wanting to apply for Oxford and Cambridge universities, for Law or Medicine or to study in the USA. A levels are offered as 2 year courses, starting in September each year Our students go on to gain excellent exam results leading them to the very best universities in the UK such as the London School of Economics, UCL and the University of Oxford. We are the 7th top Sixth Form in the UK (Best Schools).
Around half our Sixth Form students are boarders and all of our boarding houses have resident House Parents who help to foster a strong community amongst the students living in their house.
International School is based just a few minutes from the centre of Oxford. Students in Years 10 and 11 usually study six to seven IGCSEs and we now offer a pre-IGCSE course in Year 9 (taking students from age 13). One or two term UK Study Abroad options are also available.
Students at our International School also benefit from a superb programme of sports, activities and visits, in which they join with students from across the school. Sport is at the University of Oxford facilities. There is an excellent enrichment and cultural programme embedded within the timetable. Students are supported closely and parents are kept well informed of their son or daughter’s progress. Classes of no more than 12 students, so no student gets overlooked.
Many students in the International School stay on for the Sixth Form at d’Overbroeck’s, do very well in their A levels and go on to top universities in the UK or elsewhere. Others may choose to use our courses as a launch point into UK education and continue on IGCSE, A level or IB courses at other top UK schools. The flexibility of the programmes we offer allows us to prepare students very successfully for their next step in education, wherever that may be. Coming to our international school is an excellent first step into UK education.