A word from Alasdair MacPherson, Head of Sixth Form
d’Overbroeck’s started life as a Sixth Form in 1977. Over the years, we have evolved and grown to become a successful 11–18 school.
There are around 400 students across the Lower and Upper Sixth, so our Sixth Form is the biggest part of our school. Many of our Year 11s progress from Years 7-11 to Sixth Form and we also take around 150 students from other schools each year. We have a mix of day students and boarders from the UK and internationally, giving us a global community from which all of our students can benefit.
We offer a more ‘grown up’ environment than other Sixth Forms, wherein students are encouraged to be independent and to express themselves by supporting them to grow in whatever they are passionate about. Finally, the quality of teaching and pastoral care is what supports our high calibre students to become the absolute best they can be.
One of the best sixth forms in the 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.
Boarding in the Sixth Form
We have a number of options available to students who want to board with us in the Sixth Form. We have both full-time and weekly boarding options, as well as the option to stay in a host family if preferred. All our boarding houses are located in Oxford and have a full-time house parent there to provide support for all our boarders.
Oxford Union memberships
We are delighted to be affiliated with the Oxford Union, a debating society in the heart of Oxford. The Oxford Union has a tradition of hosting some of the world’s most prominent individuals across politics, academia and popular culture. If you are a Sixth Form student at d’Overbroeck’s, you are able to purchase a short-term membership to the Oxford Union of one, two, or three terms. With a membership you will be able to attend events on the Oxford Union’s term card, and have access to their facilities. To purchase a membership or find out more, please visit the link below.
Want to find out more about life in the Sixth Form?
We offer a wide range of subjects to choose from at A-Level, which means you won’t have to give up a subject you love. We don’t have pre-set option blocks so we can give all our students maximum flexibility with subject combinations. Most of our students choose 4 subjects in Lower Sixth and then decide whether they would like to continue with 3 or 4 subjects in Upper Sixth. We also have an extensive academic enrichment programme to help develop your academic skills and interests outside of the national curriculum.
We pride ourselves on the variety of sport and co-curricular activities on offer at the Sixth From. Our students are hugely talented and are involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, from whole school Music and Drama productions through to competitive sports and school trips. Students are also able to join a range of clubs and societies, such as Debating, Choir and Languages Exchange, to help them develop their interests outside of their academic pursuits.
Careers and Higher Education
We want to make sure every student who joins our Sixth Form is prepared as well as possible for the next stage of their journey, whether that be going to a top university or entering the world of work. Every year, our students are admitted to an impressive range of universities, which have previously included Oxbridge, the Russell Group, the Ivy League and some of the most prestigious Art, Music and Drama schools in the country. We also host an annual careers fair to enable students to speak to some of our parent community in their professional capacity to get an insight into potential career routes.
Pastoral care is at the heart of everything we do at d’Overbroeck’s. We get to know every student and their family personally, in order to provide tailored support and to help them achieve their full potential. In the Sixth Form, this means every student has their own Director of Studies and can access a variety of additional support options, including our two school counsellors, Pastoral Mentor and peer supporters.
Interested in finding out more about our Admissions process? We are able to accept applications for our Sixth Form at any point during the year. Our admissions process is flexible and we encourage you to come and visit us as soon as you can so you can meet your subject teachers and our Head of Sixth Form. We are always happy to arrange individual visits in addition to our physical and virtual open events throughout the year.