What is it that makes Oxford High School so special? I believe it is our commitment to putting the girls first in our teaching, our planning, and our values. My vision, as Head, is that Oxford High School girls develop independence, initiative, creativity, and resilience.

An all-girls independent school allows you the freedom to place young women firmly at the forefront and allows them the space and time to develop into the leaders of the future. For our students to be successful in their chosen career and to also be happy, fulfilled young women, they need to build their inner strength and confidence alongside their many academic, sporting, and artistic achievements. Our 2016 ISI Inspection agreed stating that ‘..girls are equipped with resourcefulness and resilience, ready to take their place in the wider world and to make a positive contribution to society’.

I am a strong believer in working to eradicate unhelpful perfectionism as it can limit how young people flourish and grow, and I am passionate about our girls developing learning strategies that will stay with them throughout their lives. Of course I want our students to have a go and try new things, but I also want them to understand how to deal with potential failure, how to pick themselves up and move forward, and how to value themselves in a caring, meaningful way. So our girls do work hard but they also have tremendous fun whilst they are doing it. We don’t have a typical Oxford High student here; we have 900+ individuals aged between 4 and 18 who are living life to the full in a school which celebrates challenge on all fronts. It was no surprise to me that Tatler commented in their 2015 Schools Guide “Is there anything these girls can’t do?”.

In their 2016 Guide we are now ‘sparkling’ too! Our 2016 exam results certainly are. Why not come and visit, I would love to show you around this exceptional school.

Judith Carlisle, Head of Oxford High School, GDST