What is noticeable about the Year 11s at Oxford High is their confidence. They make themselves at home in their form rooms, enjoy their lessons and get on well with their subject teachers. The goal of the summer public examinations is in sight and gives girls a strong motivation and purpose in their studies. Along the way, girls are still fully committed to extra-curricular school sport, music and drama. Add in volunteering in schools in Oxford, completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award and flying with CCF and you can see how Year 11’s contribution to school life is enormous!
Mock examinations take place after Christmas, and our traditional post-mock trip after that – no prizes for guessing which event is most eagerly anticipated! Our Year 11s generally look back on mocks as a useful and positive experience. Girls are supported with academic mentoring and their teachers are always available for advice and support with academic or pastoral issues.
Work experience happens during the week after the public examinations finish, and preparing for placements is an important aspect of the Careers strand of the PSHCE programme in Year 11.
As part of our 360 Programme, an important element in Year 11 is planning for A Levels and beyond. Our students are guided through preliminary A Level choices, with the Sixth Form Open Evening, a Day in the Sixth Form having Sixth Form style lessons, and taster lessons in new subjects such as Psychology. By the time the Sixth Form induction programme begins after the examinations, the Year 11s are already confident and mentally prepared for the next big step.