Welcome to The International School

A word from Ted McGrath, Head of The International School

We are a small International School community with over 100 students from 28 countries this year. We pride ourselves on the quality of education we provide, not just in terms of our excellent teaching and outstanding exam results, but in the care we take of our students pastorally. 

At d’Overbroeck’s we will help you prepare for academic success in the English education system. On one of our IGCSE programmes, and in a small, caring atmosphere, our specialist teachers will help you improve your spoken and written English and teach you a full range of academic subjects. 

To parents, guardians and agents, I would like to say that we will send you regular updates regarding your child’s progress. We will get in touch to let you know about all their successes, not just problems. Please feel you can contact me any time to discuss anything or to ask questions. 

Like the rest of d’Overbroeck’s we are more relaxed and informal than a traditional school. Students call their teachers by their first names, wear a “light touch” uniform and do not have to attend chapel or take part in traditional team games. However, the academic rigour of our courses and the high standards of pastoral care here are second to none. Additionally, students will benefit from living and studying in our wonderful facilities here in the centre of Oxford. Living in Oxford is an exciting experience and we will help you to get the most out of it, taking part in activities across the whole school with the British students and joining in the wider life of this world-famous university city. 

You are welcome to visit any time and I look forward to meeting you and showing you the school. 

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A diverse international school community in Oxford, UK

Our ethos is what makes us different from other independent schools. We work with each individual student to help them meet their potential. We believe in leading by example, in a flexible approach to learning and in the idea that students learn best when they are happy.

A strong spirit of intellectual enquiry is present throughout the school, and our committed teachers encourage academic ambition and challenge students to stretch themselves. We expect high standards of commitment and effort from our students and have a track record of strong GCSE and A-Level results. Our staff work closely with each student to make sure they are getting the advice and support they need, with a healthy balance of freedom and structure. Our school is high-achieving and academically rigorous, but not at the expense of fun, laughter and enjoyment. Students are encouraged to be curious, to explore, and to think independently.
d'Overbroeck’s is a family-like environment that nurtures excellence. Small classes enable every student to get 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.
Every year, a large number of UK and international students choose to join us which contributes to the buzz and energy of the school. d'Overbroeck’s is a place that is always evolving. We are always open to feedback, change, and new ideas so that we keep pace with what is best for our students. We are committed to innovation, embracing change and new technologies that enable best-practice in our school, and our approach is to also keep the future in mind so that our students get the skills they need for their next steps.
We believe that happiness and laughter bring education to life and we strive to bring this into the classroom every day. Our students thrive on this approach and it makes for a very enjoyable learning experience for all.

“I really like the way of teaching here as there is more focus on individuals rather than teaching everyone in the same way. I started studying here in Year 10 and my grades have improved a lot since I joined."

Nikol, Kazakhstan

Latest IGCSE results

We’re really proud of the results our students achieve when they study with us at The International School. Our results are well above the national average, which is a testament to our wide range of staff expertise and the excellent teaching we deliver.

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IGCSE courses

We know it doesn’t always suit everyone to study the traditional 2-year IGCSE course that most of our students study. So we’ve made sure we’re as flexible as possible to meet your needs by offering 4 other study options at IGCSE level. Find out more about our full range of courses below:

  • UK Study Abroad
  • The Discovery Years
  • 4 or 5-term IGCSE
  • One-Year IGCSE
  • Two-Year IGCSE
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It’s all in the numbers

Our numbers speak for themselves when it comes to our students’ academic ability, our diverse range of nationalities and students who choose to continue their academic journey in the d’Overbroeck’s community by progressing to our own Sixth Form.

1 47
% of IGCSE entries were awarded grades 9-8 in 2021
1 19
diverse nationalities make up our International School community
1 50
% of students progressed on to d'Overbroeck's Sixth Form last year

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Our Sixth Form boarding students at St Aldates were challenged to explore Oxford last weekend – they were put in groups and given 5 Oxford locations to explore and take a picture at! The five locations were Christchurch, Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian, Ashmolean and the Westgate. Here are some of ...the photos 😀

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DANCE NEWS: We are delighted to announce that Millie, a sports scholar in our Sixth Form, has been selected for the very prestigious National Youth Dance Company, England’s flagship youth dance organisation. 💃

Millie is one of only 30 dancers across the country to be selected. After ...22 auditions held around the country, followed up by recall auditions, she got the exciting news last week. 🤩

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DANCE NEWS: We are delighted to announce that Millie, a sports scholar in our Sixth Form, has been selected for the very prestigious National Youth Dance Company, England’s flagship youth #dance organisation. 💃 Congratulations to Millie on this wonderful achievement! 👏

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