A lively, diverse group of students
From classrooms to the common room, laboratories to the lawns, there is a buzz about the Sixth Form that is friendly, engaging and dynamic.
This energy comes largely from our lively, diverse student body and our Sixth Form is unusual in that, while a significant core of students come up from our lower years, most join us directly post GCSE.
Newcomers make fast friends with extraordinary ease and speed, yet our social groups are fresh and flexible: cliques are rare. This happy student body is co-educational and comprises almost equal numbers of day students and boarders. They arrive from state and independent schools, from Oxfordshire, elsewhere in the UK or abroad.
Our international students, from Turkey to Thailand, the Czech Republic to China, make up around 40% of our student body. They keep us global in outlook – something that is essential in the world today – and add greatly to the cultural life of the school. Our students tend to develop strong loyalties to each other and to the Sixth Form, volunteering in large numbers to help out at school events where they are our proud ambassadors.
The buzz also comes from our action-packed days. If you leave your lessons wanting more you can enter competitions, attend specialist talks and join a club that feeds your intellect. If you seek a more physical challenge you can play in a sports team, enter a running race or work out at the gym. If you are drawn to create and perform you will probably be preparing to perform, attending the theatre, or visiting museums and galleries in London and Paris. If you prefer something more adventurous you might join the annual ski trip or take part in one of our overseas expeditions. This busy-ness spills out of our buildings into a very full social life, organised by our dedicated Social Organiser, with punting, picnics and paintballing, a trip to watch England play rugby or an outing to the West End all a part of the programme. And all of this with the City of Oxford on your doorstep: safe and student-friendly, yet with the cultural, intellectual and recreational opportunities that only one of the world’s oldest and best university towns can offer. When you need to catch your breath, you can lie on the lawns in the summer sunshine or pop round the corner to a coffee shop or snack bar.
Amazingly, you will be fitting all this around a full timetable of lessons (see A Typical Week) and homework, and you will be kept focused throughout the year with the serious business of UCAS applications, writing up extended projects, mock exams and of course the real exams in May and June.