Welcome to d’Overbroeck’s!
d’Overbroeck’s is a leading co-educational independent school in Oxford, UK, offering an exceptional academic and extra-curricular programme. We teach students aged 11-18 the GCSE, IGCSE and A-Level curriculum across three school sites: Years 7-11, the Sixth Form, and The International School. We have day students only at the Years 7–11 site, a mixture of boarding and day students in the Sixth Form, and mainly boarding at our International School. A recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report rated us Excellent across the board for academic achievement and personal development.
We have small classes so that every student gets the attention they need from our highly qualified teachers in a supportive and encouraging environment. Teaching is interactive to generate enthusiasm for the subject, sound academic skills, and effective working habits – while at the same time providing a thorough preparation for public examinations. We offer a caring, creative, nurturing and relatively informal environment where, no matter what a student’s interests are, they will find plenty of opportunities to explore.
Our school is high-achieving and academically rigorous, and students will receive expert guidance on how to make the most of their experience with us considering their long-term goals. We expect high standards of commitment and effort from our students and have a track record of strong GCSE and A-Level results. Once enrolled at the school, our staff work closely with each student to make sure they are getting the advice and support they need. Pastoral care and support for each student is an essential feature at d’Overbroeck’s, where wellbeing and happiness are prioritised alongside responsibility and achievement.
The Sixth Form
The Sixth Form is the largest of our sites and effectively prepares students for university and beyond. At the Sixth Form, 35 A-Level subjects are currently on offer, plus a comprehensive academic enrichment programme to stretch our students beyond the standard curriculum. The broad range of academic subjects that students can access makes d’Overbroeck’s an ideal place for bright, ambitious students to achieve their full potential academically, but also a place they can thrive outside of the standard curriculum. We offer a range of co-curricular activities for students to get involved in across drama, music, and sport, and an extensive list of clubs and activities. Additionally, we offer a packed programme of trips, excursions, and regular social events. Many students at the Sixth Form choose to do an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as part of their academic enrichment activities. The majority of students go on to university, and we have an excellent record of success with entry to Oxford and Cambridge, Russell Group, and international institutions, as well as prestigious medical, law, veterinary and art schools. We offer significant Higher Education and Careers support including application writing advice and interview practice.
The International School
The International School enables international students aged 11-16 to experience the British education system and study a range of academic programmes. Students come from all over the world to study with us in our vibrant and friendly school. Our focus on English as an Additional Language, co-curricular activities, our TRACK (Theory of Research, Active Citizenship and Knowledge) academic enrichment, and the Sixth Form and University Progression are just some of the benefits available to international students who join us. Students will receive expert Pastoral Care throughout their time with us, which includes pre-arrival preparations, an induction programme, a personal development curriculum, ongoing school counsellors’ support, and more from a large team dedicated to students’ wellbeing. International students will be warmly welcomed and have plenty of opportunities to mix with British students through activities that interest them. Trips and excursions relating to English heritage are also on offer, allowing students to learn more about English culture and history.
Years 7-11 (secondary)
Years 7-11 at d’Overbroeck’s is a co-educational day school, drawing students from the local area and further afield, thanks to the shared transport network with a group of other central Oxford schools. Years 7-11 covers a broad curriculum from Year 7 through to GCSE. Students are encouraged to enjoy learning, to be curious and think outside the box. We value choice, engagement and enjoyment, and offer plenty of opportunities for students to try new things and develop their talents. Our students all have unique strengths, and we work with each individual to find ways to celebrate these. Our academic staff work together with an extensive pastoral team to ensure every student in our care feels nurtured, and knows that we believe in them. What matters to us is that students learn best when they’re happy, working with staff who are passionate about their subject, and who teach in interesting and creative ways to help students achieve academic excellence in a warm, caring environment. By focusing on what they love, our students can enjoy a fulfilling education.
Jonathan Cuff, Principal
“We offer a far-reaching academic curriculum delivered by committed and brilliant staff in excellent facilities. And of course, the learning environment is supported by a huge range of sporting, cultural, academic and extra-curricular activities. The school’s success in delivering this programme of excellence is evident in our exceptional exam results, in students’ joyful achievements in their extra-curricular activities and in the enthusiastic endorsement we receive from current and former parents and students.”
Read more from Jonathan here: Welcome from the Principal
Ethos & Values
We’re often asked what makes d’Overbroeck’s different to other schools, and the answer lies in our shared ethos and values. Central to this is our focus on the individual and our dedication to supporting all our students to be the best they can be. In each part of the School, we aim to prepare all our students for their next stage, whether that be A-Levels, university or the world of work.