Jonathan Cuff - Principal
A warm welcome to d'Overbroeck's.
d’Overbroeck's is an independent school in Oxford offering an exceptional academic and extra-curricular programme. Our programmes provide excellent opportunities for individual growth through shared values and an ethos of commitment to each other.
We’re often asked what makes d’Overbroeck’s different from other schools. Well, of course 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 and academic extra-curriculum 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.
This success is not accidental. It’s based on an ethos of support for each and every individual, on the development of shared values, and on offering a caring, creative, nurturing and relatively informal environment that encourages every single student to create the very best versions of themselves, both for today and for the future.
But it’s not just about individual achievement. At d’Overbroeck’s, we embrace the understanding that we are all in this journey together, that each person – staff as well as students – contributes to the life of the school and of the wider community in their own unique and valuable way. It’s an ethos that recognises that humans do not exist in isolation; that we depend on connection, community, and caring – quite simply, our humanity depends on each other. In the words of the great South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu – “A person is a person through other persons.”
This philosophy, which demands a conscious shift in how we think about ourselves and others, is at the heart of the d’Overbroeck’s philosophy, and it produces community members who are mature, caring, enthusiastic and engaged, and who are set on the road not merely for great academic careers but for truly great lives.
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.