Sixth Form

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.

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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.

A focus on the individual
A focus on the individual lies at the heart of our ethos and all we do. We don't believe in a 'one-size fits all' approach; instead, we get to know each and every one of our students as individuals so we can support and develop them, whatever stage they're at in their education journey. We offer excellent pastoral care to support our students right the way through Sixth Form and the next stage of their journey.
Be your best
Whilst we don't take ourselves too seriously when it comes to formal structures, our results are no laughing matter. We have continued to see our students make excellent progress during the past few years, resulting in d’Overbroeck’s being ranked as the best school in Oxfordshire for the 3rd year running in 2019. Last year, over 50% of A-Level entries were awarded an A* or A.
Our academic curriculum and co-curricular activities are designed with a view to creating leaders of the future. Our students have a diverse range of talents, skills and interests so we provide a broad set of opportunities for them to develop these during their time with us and prepare for the next step of their academic journey. We also regularly provide opportunities for our students to develop their transferable skills to ensure they're ready for the ever-changing and fast-paced world of work. 
Fun and laughter bring education to life
We believe that fun 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; teachers included! 
At d'Overbroeck's, it's not about stuffy traditions, strict uniforms or sticking to the status quo. It's about making room for creativity and expression, which we do by removing the formal, traditional strictures of education that can be stifling. In practice, this means we're on first-name terms with all our students and we don’t have a uniform in the Sixth Form.

"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."

Grace, alumna

School ethos

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.

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Latest A-Level results

In 2020, 65% of our A-Level entries were awarded an A or A*. We have also been recognised as the top school in Oxfordshire for progress at A-Level since 2018 and appear in the top 1% of schools in England.

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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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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.

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

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