A word from Ted McGrath, Head of The International School
We are a small International School community with 102 students from 23 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, the teachers care so much about us. They’re friendly, funny and this means all of us develop a really good bond with them. I also 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 was in Year 9 at a different school.”
Our Ethos and Values
We deliver education that supports each individual student to achieve their full potential. Our core values are:
- A focus on the individual
- Be your best and achieve academically
- A future-focused approach to prepare students for their next step in education and the world of work
- Fun and laughter bring education to life. We believe that students get the most out of learning when they enjoy what they’re doing
- A non-traditional school: we provide more support to help international students integrate into British culture and education than more traditional British boarding schools
“I love to live and study in Oxford because it is a small diverse city, where everyone is really kind, and it is filled with history and opportunities to learn.”
Find out more about life at The International School
Our TRACK (Theory of Research, Active Citizenship and Knowledge) programme is an innovative course offered alongside the IGCSE curriculum. The programme has been designed and developed completely by our own teachers to ensure all students have a good understanding of what it means to be a truly global citizen.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
EAL is a key part of our curriculum at The International School. We appreciate that the purpose of EAL is not only to prepare students to take an English language qualification, but it also plays a crucial role in supporting students in all their mainstream subjects across the school when English is not their first language.
Whilst all our students work hard to achieve academic success, many of them also have a wide range of interests and talents outside of the classroom. We encourage students to get involved in clubs, activities and trips during their time at The International School to get to know students from other cultures, integrate with the wider school and improve their English.
Pastoral care is at the heart of our school ethos. We place significant emphasis on treating all students as individuals and providing as much support as they need to succeed at school, both academically and in their co-curricular pursuits.