Welcome to the Sixth Form

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.

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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.

Inquisitive
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.
Caring
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.
Dynamic
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.
Fun
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.

“It (d’Overbroeck’s) is one of the best decisions I ever made. It supports students and helps them to grow as people. It encourages individualism and prepares you for university effectively.” 

2022 Student Survey feedback

Great subject choice and teacher support, as well as plenty of opportunities to explore life and your interests regarding school. 

2022 Student Survey feedback

“The school is small and comfortable, the teachers are very kind and genuinely want to see us improve.” 

2022 Student Survey feedback

“The classes are a great size and the teaching is very effective, which I think is partly to do with each student getting more attention from each teacher. I would also say it is a very supportive school.”

2022 Student Survey feedback

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.

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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.

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It’s all in the numbers

We pride ourselves on offering all our Sixth Form students a diverse educational experience that will help them become true global citizens. Our student body includes over 50 nationalities and half our students are boarders. We also offer a wide range of A-Level subjects which means our students have a varied range of interests, talents and skills to bring to the d’Overbroeck’s community.

1 50
% of our students board with us
1 35
A-Level subjects offered
1 50
% of students are from the UK

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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. 🤩

Millie will be spending her school holidays in intensive residential dance camps, learning from the very best in the industry in preparation for their tour of the country in the summer.

Huge congratulations to Millie on this wonderful achievement! 👏

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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! 👏

Our Year 11s made this creative video of Meiosis!

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