A word from Ted McGrath, Head of The International School
d’Overbroeck’s International School welcomes students from over 40 countries around the world and enables them to take their first steps into the British education system. Our academic programmes are carefully designed for international students, with a particular focus on enquiry-based learning and English as an Additional Language. However, we are also committed to supporting our students pastorally, and our expertly designed pastoral care includes pre-arrival preparations, an induction programme to the daily timetable, and ongoing support.
We offer an environment that is academically challenging, but also a
home away from home where students can feel safe and supported. Individual talents are nurtured and championed so that students here can grow as confident, caring individuals, developing the skills and character needed in the fast-changing international world.
We also give students access to trips and activities incorporating a diverse range of British cultural locations, and they regularly join our UK students in whole school learning opportunities. Through an education here students not only achieve impressive GCSE and IGCSE results but also develop the necessary skills required to succeed in Sixth Form and at university.
Why choose d'Overbroeck's International School?
The International School enables international students aged 13-16 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, academic enrichment including 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 students in other parts of the school through activities that interest them. Trips and excursions relating to English heritage are also on offer, allowing students to learn more about British culture and history.
Find out more about life at The International School
The Super-curricular programme at d’Overbroeck’s is a specially developed and vibrant academic enrichment programme for students seeking to explore their interests in greater depth outside the confines of their regular studies. At The International School, this includes TRACK, Higher Project Qualification (HPQ), and Wider Learning Days.
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.
Sixth Form and University progression
After successfully completing their academic programmes and achieving excellent exam results, many of our international students continue to study at d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form. Other students progress on to an IB programme, prefer a change of locations or to go to a single-sex school for their sixth form studies.
After sixth form, many of our students then go on to study at top UK universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, University College London and the London School of Economics.
View our boarding options
Boarding at d’Overbroeck’s is an unforgettable experience and many of our students form lifelong friendships. Which boarding house a student lives in depends on their age and gender. Each house is run by a Head of House and an Assistant who look after students and make sure their time there is comfortable and enjoyable.
Living in Oxford
Oxford is home to one of the oldest universities in the world and is well-known for its breathtaking architecture and history. As a student city by nature, Oxford offers a multitude of opportunities for students to socialise and network with like-minded individuals.