Learning German opens so many doors. At Oxford High, we offer German at GCSE and A Level and our current exam boards are Cambridge IGCSE and at A-Level, AQA. Last year, our A-Level Germanists went on to prestigious Universities to read French and German, German with Russian from scratch, and German with German Law.

Beyond the curriculum

We have visited the wonderful British Museum exhibition Germany – Memories of a Nation, and meeting Neil McGregor by chance when we were there, certainly helped to give a vibrant context to the German studies of the current Year 10 class.

Sixth form Germanists attended a recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival in October and Schiller’s Maria Stuart at The Oxford Playhouse. There is no doubt that ventures such as this play an important role in the identity of the German Department.

We’re very fortunate to have the Oxford German Network on our doorstep, and so can take part with other Oxfordshire schools in events such as film evenings, Sixth form German socials, Christmas baking competitions and the annual Oxford German Olympiad. We also have a close association with the Fürstenried Gymnasium in Munich, and organise a biennial exchange for Germanists of all ages.

The German department

The subject is led and taught by Mrs Sarah Liebrecht, who read German and French at The Queen’s College, Oxford and has taught at a Gymnasium in Rheinland-Pfalz and at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London. The Department has a language assistant for conversation classes; this year we have Dyedra Just, a psychology PhD student from Dusseldorf who is currently at Pembroke College, Oxford.

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