A word from Alasdair MacPherson, Head of Sixth Form
We have a compellingly distinctive ethos and a more ‘grown up’ environment than other Sixth Forms. We encourage students to be more 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
A friendly and welcoming Sixth Form, with a focus on the individual at the heart of everything we do.
I like the different approach to learning and community feel at d’Overbroeck’s. There is a really good balance between teacher support and independence, which helps to develop well-rounded students. The teachers are always there to support you and offer extra help where needed. The level of independence also enables you to develop the skills you’ll need at university.
We’re often asked what makes d’Ovebroeck’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 the Sixth Form, we aim to give all our students the independence they need to prepare for their next stage after A-Levels, whatever that may be.
Latest A-Level results
In 2019, 50% of our A-Level entries were awarded an A or A*. We were also rated the top school in Oxfordshire for progress at A-Level for the 3rd year running and also appeared in the top 1% of schools in England.
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.
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 Year 12 and then decide whether they would like to continue with 3 or 4 subjects in Year 13. 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 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 societies, such as Debating 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 schools in the country. We also host an annual careers fair to enable students to speak to our parents in their professional capacity.
Our pastoral care is at the heart of what we do as a school and the most important thing is that our students are happy. We ensure every student is supported in the way that will help them achieve their full potential. We get to know every student and family personally to provide tailored support during their whole time with us at d’Overbroeck’s. In the Sixth Form, this means every student has their own Director of Studies and we also have two school counsellors on-site.
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.