State of the art teaching & boarding facilities
d’Overbroeck’s has always been about space: Space for students to THINK, to GROW, to BE THEMSELVES…
We are a school that thrives on the ideas and interests of our students and encourages them to think for themselves. “Well made heads not full ones” (Michel de Montaigne) is our aim or perhaps this should be amended to, “well made and happy heads” because we believe very strongly that laughter and happiness is a vital part of education. That’s why we value the ideas of each student and why students and staff are all on first name terms. The education of our students is a collaborative approach and to enable this we don’t try to force thinking or personalities into boxes.
So, intellectual and individual space has always been important and what we now have is more physical pace with our brand new Sixth Form teaching site (see pictures above). Located at 333 Banbury Road our new buildings include Biology, Physics and Chemistry labs, several light and airy Art spaces (including Photography, Textiles and exhibition space), a large Common Room/Cafeteria, a top floor Library which looks out over the treetops towards central Oxford and a Hall for events, performances and student dining and incorporates Music practice and recital spaces. Immediately across the Banbury Road is our new Boarding House, providing accommodation exclusively for Sixth Form boarders.
Ultimately d’Overbroeck’s is about people not buildings -what matters is our ethos- but it is certainly exciting to be looking forward to more room in which our students can create, perform, investigate, explore, socialise and enjoy their learning. Having our Sixth Form facilities in one location enables us to build on the strong relationships we already have between students and staff and provide us with even more opportunities for creative thinking and innovation, as well as building on the already very evident buzz of warmth and happiness which permeates the school.
Islip House will accommodate 60 Sixth Form students, with a boys’ house on one side, a girls’ house on the other plus communal space in the middle connecting the two. The rooms will be high quality, modern and comfortable and all are en suite.