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A-Level exam results 2017

Oxford High students will soon head off to universities across the UK thanks to another year of stellar A-Level results. • 39% of our grades were A*grades • 73% of our grades were A*-A grades • 1/6 of the year

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Alumnae Lunch date for 2018

Save the date! Our all-alumnae reunion lunch will – as in the past few years – be held on the same day as the Five Years On Lunch.  The date for this is Saturday 19th May 2018. Bookings can be made

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Listen to Cressida Dick talking about OHS

Watch a new interview with Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick where she talks about winning the GDST Alumnae Alumna of the Year Award, her tips about forging a successful career, leadership, and her time at Oxford High School!      

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GDST Athletics Rally Success!

Congratulations to the GDST athletics team who came 2nd in the annual athletics rally out of 19 schools! The team consisted of 26 girls from year 7,8,9 and 12.  We enjoyed excellent facilities at Bath University and the girls performed

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Cressida Dick wins GDST Alumna of the Year!

We are so delighted that one of our Oxford High School alumna has won the coveted Alumna of the Year Award. Cressida Dick, the first female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in its 188-year history, won the Award last night and was

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Book now for the 2017 Ada Benson Lecture

The 2017 Ada Benson Lecture – ‘The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain’ with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Friday 16th June 7.00-8.30 pm  Book now!

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Book now for the Wizard of Oz!

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Introducing the new Head of Oxford High School

A warm welcome to our incoming Head of Oxford High School, Dr Philip Hills. Dr Hills is currently Deputy Head at Hampton School, an all-boys HMC school in Middlesex, leading on the academic side of the school. In his time, the

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From Fifty to Five Years On

The middle Saturday of May is our traditional alumnae reunion lunch weekend and 2017’s party saw over 120 alumnae gathering at Oxford High for champagne, lunch, and lots of reminiscing. We had three OHS alumnae who had not seen each other

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International Hockey success!

Congratulations to Olivia S. in Year 12 who was selected to represent Wales Under 18 Girls Hockey Team over Easter.   She played against Switzerland Under 18, winning 2-1. She then played against Scotland Under 18 where Wales lost in the final minute and a

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CyberFirst at Downing Street

Three intrepid OHS Year 10’s – Alice Travis, Becky Hore and Elizaveta Sheremetyeva travelled to Westminster this week to pit their technological wits against girls from nine other schools at the final of CyberFirst Girls competition. The competition has been organised by

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Vote now for 2017 GDST Alumna of the Year

Voting is now officially open for the GDST Alumna of the Year Award. This recognises the many varied achievements of our alumnae and the winner is voted for by alumnae and students, from a shortlist of nominees sent in by

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The GDST Junior Choir of the Year

The chamber choir headed to Cadogan Hall, London for the final of the GDST Junior Choir of the Year competition. They performed “Sospan Fach” in Welsh then English, followed by the beautiful song “I Believe in the Sun” by David

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Girls on the Ball Y5 and Y6 tournament

A big Girls on the Ball welcome today to 150 girls from St Nick’s, St Mary & St John, Botley School, St Michaels, St Andrews, St Barnabas, Cokethorpe, Phil & Jim’s, East Oxford Primary, Chesterton, Chandlings, Tetsworth and Oxford High Junior

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#BeBoldForChange

Watch our CEO Cheryl Giovannoni make her pledge for International Women’s Day 2017.

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Dr Emily Grossman lecture at OHS

Come and hear Dr Emily Grossman on ‘Lies, Damned Lies and Newspapers – The use and abuse of Statistics in the Media’ on Thursday 16th March 2017 at OHS as part of our Speaker Programme

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Ever thought of joining CCF at OHS?

If you have ever pondered joining the Combined Cadet Force, then look no further than these recent photos of the RAF and Army sections to give you a flavour of the experience and training that our girls receive as part

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Star of Evita ‘ha visitato OHS per una chiacchierata’

Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti visited Oxford High School to chat, in Italian, about his life in the theatre industry and about starring in Evita at the New Theatre this week. Evita marks Gian Marco Schiaretti’s UK debut, having most

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Senior girls football rally

It was the Senior Schools turn today for some Girls on the Ball football magic – a big OHS welcome to Bartholomew School, Cherwell School, Headington, Lord Williams, Oxford Spires Academy, Henry Box, Matthew Arnold and Oxford Academy!  

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Congratulations Cressida!

A huge congratulations to Cressida Dick on her new role as the first woman to be Commissioner for London’s Metropolitan Police. Cressida is an alumna of OHS from 1978 and has always been a trailblazer for women including being one

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OHS & Radley 360 Day – Spring Term

A day packed full of interesting electives shared between OHS and Radley College. Students from both schools attended electives on both school sites and the sessions included Russian politics, aromatic chemistry, ‘melancholy & madness’ in literature, applied microbiology, the history

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Girls on the Ball at OHS!

Despite being a very wet and rainy day, OHS welcomed over 110 young footballers to Oxford High recently for a Girls on the Ball rally. Girls from Years 3 to 4 from over 10 different primary and prep schools came along with their teachers

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Stevensons’ uniform shop re-opens!

Stevensons Oxford Re-opening Leaflet Final

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Welcome to our new 2017 Prefect Team!

Our fabulous outgoing team, led by Head Girl Tiyash, were given a rousing round of applause today and our new Prefect Team were welcomed in OHS style with their own photoshoot (carefully edited here!). Loving the shoe theme….

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A remarkable woman – OHS alumna

“Dear Oxford High, I  came across this book on a shelf in my parents’ house. My lovely great Aunt Dorothy died many years ago. She lived in North Oxford all her life and after losing her young man in the First

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Charities Fair!

Led by the Oxford High Sixth Form Prefects, our inaugural Charities Fair took place this week with a packed Dining Hall of pupils and parents from all three OHS sites  (and lots of staff – clearly the lure of cakes and

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Top of the table for university destinations!

A recent survey by UCAS shows Oxford High students are more likely to gain places at top selecting universities than their peers. UCAS data shows that OHS students are more successful in achieving offers for highly competitive courses such as Medicine

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Alumnae on Radio Four

Hear three amazing OHS alumnae talk about their lives and influences in BBC Radio Four Woman’s Hour’s The Chain – MM McCabe, Miriam Margolyes and Elizabeth Hodgkin.

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Oxfordshire Young Sports Awards!

Congratulations to Rosalind Tsang (Year 12) who was nominated for Oxfordshire Volunteer of the Year 2016 and in the Oxfordshire Sports Awards.  Rosalind was nominated by her club – Kidlington Kites – for this prestigious award for her voluntary work at the

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Free Law Lecture – click here for details

If you are currently at a local state school and interested in studying law at university, click here for our free lecture – Helen Mountfield lecture  

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The Aluminium D&T Challenge 2016

Big congratulations go to our Design and Technology department, led by Chris Phillips. Seven OHS girls have just found out that they were shortlisted as finalists in the 2016 Aluminium D&T Challenge. Schools from all around the UK enter teams from Years 8

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Announcement about the Head of Oxford High

Please click here to read a message from the Chief Executive of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Cheryl Giovannoni Announcement about the Head of Oxford High School

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What a start to the term for Elizaveta!

Chess Champion and Cipher Challenge Elizaveta, 10S, has continued her amazing success in the chess world. Last weekend, she came first at the Oxfordshire Junior Chess tournament in the Under 15 section (a mixed boys & girls competition). This means

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Science and Technology Winners

Emily and Linxuan were our Year 10 Oxfordshire dream team last week as the winning team at the South of England Science and Technology Challenge Final at Queen Mary’s University, London. Their team, which included two boys from Maiden Erlegh

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French translation with Dr Jennifer Higgins

Year 13 linguists enjoyed meeting a translator and hearing about what her profession and about the book ‘Nouons-nous’ by Emmanuelle Pagano that she co-translated to English. Our students learnt about the difficulties and intricacies of translation to your first language and then

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Sixth Form festive ‘Bake Off’

Head Girl Tiyash leads the way in getting the Sixth Form’s Bake Off entries ready for some serious judging from Mary (aka Head, Judith Carlisle) and Paul (aka Deputy Head, Dr Secker). The theme was the GDST Four C’s and

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Juvenes Translatores 2016

Five of our Sixth Form linguists took part in the EU translating competition Juvenes Translatores. The theme this year was ‘The Art and Craft of Translation’ and the winners will be announced in February 2017. The girls enjoyed the chance

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OHS launches FA community football programme

Oxford High is working with local Oxfordshire primary school teachers to provide a FA coaching sessions and girls’ football fixtures as part of the FA Primary Teachers Award. The initiative is part of a new Oxford High programme of outreach training and support

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OHS and Radley College partner to teach Mandarin

Oxford High School and Radley College are putting teaching of the Chinese language on the agenda for state schools across Oxfordshire, with the opening of a new Oxford Swire Chinese Language Centre, which will broaden the reach of Chinese teaching

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Year 9 GDST Hockey Weekend

The Year 9 hockey team travelled to Royal High School Bath last weekend to compete in a weekend of competitive hockey.  The girls were competing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday again 15 other GDST schools. OHS defended well drawing and

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High Sheriff’s Law Lecture Essay Competition

Anna Z. in Y12 has won second prize in the prestigious High Sheriff’s Law Lecture Essay Competition. Following this year’s High Sheriff’s Law Lecture  ‘A Matter of Life and Death, delivered by the Honourable Mr Justice Baker at the University

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Young physicists of the year

Three of our budding physicists scooped top prizes in a physics competition recently. Year 11 students Flo Winkley, Gabby  Sherwood and Annie Zhao were named Student Physicists of the Year after being nominated by their OHS teachers based on their work

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The Town Hall Concert 2016

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Electives with Radley College

Our first day of joint electives with Radley College saw a host of fascinating one-day courses shared between both school sites plus a highly exciting engineering trip to the Morgan factory. A glimpse into the day’s offerings include Art History

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A chance to participate in French research!

Our linguists enjoyed the opportunity to shape research being led by Warwick University recently during a lecture on ‘Melodrama, mayhem and murder” by Dr Kate Astbury from Warwick University  who came to share her research about French prisoners of war theatre

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GDST Bake Off 2016

Well done to India on coming Runner Up in a closely contested GDST Bake Off Final with her Rosa Parks-inspired ‘Heroine’ cupcake. She depicted her vision as a beautiful chocolate cupcake topped with a chocolate rose sitting in a bus

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Oxford High hosts the GDST Rally

Oxford High School hosted the GDST Rally again this year. Girls from 22 GDST schools competed across four sites in Under 11 Netball, Under 15 Hockey and Year 7-13 Swimming.  The OHS girls competed well throughout the day and highlights

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It’s our 141st Birthday!

A year on from our wonderful 140th Anniversary celebrations, we continued our long-standing tradition where our Head Girl, Tiyash, and our youngest Senior School pupil, Emma G from Year 7, light the birthday candles and cut the cake. Individual OHS

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Perspectives Speaker Programme: Miranda Johnson

Our Sixth Form were lucky enough to be visited by Miranda Johnson, Alumna and Journalist at The Economist, as part of our Perspectives Speaker Programme. Miranda spoke about her journey from Oxford High School to journalism via America and Cambridge, giving our

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Spooky Hallowe’en!

Even Deirdre got in on the act this year ….

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2016 Economics Visit to Prague

A group of OHS Year 11 and Sixth Form economists visited Prague over October half-term as part of their Economics studies. A packed week included an Economics lecture plus visits to the Kafka Museum, the Czech National Bank, the beautiful Charles

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Kaleidoscope

This term saw the introduction of our new co-curricular programme Kaleidoscope for Years 7 to 11. Kaleidoscope is designed to help our girls develop transferable skills to use in all their subjects but also in life beyond school. The skillset

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Girls Go Gold 2016

Eleven of our OHS sportswomen including our sports scholars and sports leaders attended the 2016 ‘Girls go Gold’ conference at Newcastle High School.  The conference was aimed at high achieving young sport women in years 10 to 13 who already play

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JEMS challenge at OHS!

Oxford High’s Science department welcomed 72 Year 5 pupils from nine different local Oxford primary schools to our second JEMS Challenge Morning. The children worked tremendously hard and the time flew by as they enjoyed themselves testing their reaction times, sorting and

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40 Years after O Levels

Our 1976-78 Oxford High School alumnae had a lovely reunion here at OHS last Saturday and reminisced about life in school in the 1970’s and what life had brought 40 years’ on. If you would like to book in for

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Year 8 at the Natural History Museum, Oxford

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2016 Destinations of Year 13 Leavers

Destinations of OHS Year 13 2016 Leavers

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SALUS Women

We had a fantastic time at the Salus Wellbeing evening hosted by Oxford High School. Guests were able to indulge in some early Christmas shopping from stall holders such as Branche D’Olive, Jericho Kitchen Cookery School, Bath Soft Cheese, Wild Honey, Ruth Swain Arts, Beauty in

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GCSE Exam Success 2016

A quarter of Oxford High girls gain 10 or more A* at GCSE! 68% of results were A* 92% of results were A*/A 99% of results were A*-B 100% A* in Mandarin and Design Technology 100% A*-A in Russian, Mandarin,

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A Level success 2016

Top results mean top destinations for Oxford High girls! Once again, our Oxford High School Sixth Formers are celebrating excellent results with 67% grades at A*/A and 92% A*- B.   33 girls have achieved a clean sweep of A* and

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GDST Project Postcard – pupils & alumnae

What would YOU do with this space? We want a postcard designed and made by every student or alumna of Oxford High School. All current students have been given a postcard and we would like your entry placed back in the box in

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Science Technician of the Year

Kay Bell, our Senior Science Technician here at Oxford High Senior School has won the prestigious Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Award. As Dr Paul Weeks, OHS Head of Biology describes ” ..Kay’s enthusiasm for her work is shown

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Goodbye Miss Derrick

With great sadness, the end of the school year saw us bade farewell to our much-loved Director of Sport, Sue Derrick. After many years teaching at Oxford High, Sue leaves behind a wealth of achievements as her legacy at OHS

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End of term!

The end of term at the Senior School saw the usual OHS mix of wonderful performances, the end of year Art, Textiles and DT exhibition, House inter-rivalry, plenty of cakes and strawberry teas, plus sad farewells. Our 140th birthday mugs

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Art, Design & Technology and Textiles Exhibition

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Would you be interested in mentoring?

Back in May, Oxford High welcomed nearly 200 women to celebrate our 140th birthday. What was striking to everyone there was that, despite our rich diversity of career paths and lives, there was a unifying strength and energy in the room.

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The 2016 Leavers Ball

Our Year 13 students planned and organised their spectacular Leavers Ball which had a wonderfully magical feel to the evening and transformed the school into a Midsummer’s Night Dream. The Ball Committee exceeded expectations and we all enjoyed fabulous food and lovely

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Year 9 Finalist in ‘The Imagination Awards’

Congratulations to Shine Yang in Year 9  Shine has reached the finals of ‘The Imagination Awards’ in London with her costume designs for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She has been shortlisted in the 13 -18 age range with her

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Sports Day 2016

Well Done to all girls who competed in Sports Day today.  There were some fantastic results and close races.  the highlight for many was the Open Mile with 149 participants (including the Head, Mrs Carlisle)! Results as follows : Zeus

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D&T Winners!

The D&T department at Oxford High School recently entered a Furniture Project Competition in Oxfordshire, Berkshire & Buckinghamshire organised by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and The British Furniture Education Network. We managed a clean sweep of all awards winning the

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Oxford German Olympiad 2016

The theme of this year’s Oxford German Olympiad was ‘Deutscher Humor – nichts zum Lachen?’ and we are delighted to announce the following achievements: Alex, 9O (Years 7 – 9 Design a Brochure) : Commended Rebecca, 12S (Years 7 –

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Chinese Reading success

Once again, Oxford High’s success in the National Chinese Reading Competition continued in 2016 as four of our girls took part in the annual competition at University of Westminster in London. Clara (8O) and Prashanti (8G) won the 1st prize in the

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Readers Make Leaders

About 50 Year 9/10 Oxford High girls joined with Teddies and Cherwell School today for the 2016 Readers Make Leaders event with schoolchildren from Years 1 to 5 from Pegasus, Orchard Meadow and Windale primary schools. The special Readathon involved

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GDST Alumna of the Year 2016

Well, sadly, our OHS nominee Eva Loeffler didn’t win but the worthy winner of the 2016 Alumna of the Year Award is Putney High School alumna, Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan. Jenny accepted her award at the GDST’s Annual Reception in London,

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Year 13 Leavers’ Strawberry Tea

Our Year 13 enjoyed their traditional Strawberry Tea on their last day before study leave for A Levels. There were strawberries aplenty plus tears, laughter and memories particularly when they opened their letters. Way back in Year 7, the girls

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140th Birthday Lunch

The 14th May saw a gathering of more than 185 alumnae, former staff, former Heads and friends of Oxford High to celebrate 140 years of pioneering women and innovative girls’ education. Thanks to our fantastic Year 10 hostesses, our guests

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Munich Exchange

During the Easter holidays, we flew to Munich for our visit with our exchange partners. In the words of the girls “We visited Munich with some of my exchange partner’s friends and their exchanges. It was really interesting to see around Munich,

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Goodbye to Year 13

And so the long goodbye begins! Our amazing Year 13 students begin their last few months with Oxford High School and – in fine Oxford High tradition – left their very individual mark on the school grounds this week. A

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FOxHS Quiz Night!

Friday evening saw another successful FOxHS event with the annual quiz night. Compered by our resident Quiz Master Dr Secker, the girls, parents and staff enjoyed an evening of light-hearted although still fairly competitive (… this is OHS!) fun. The

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Success in the Tower Poetry Prize competition

Sophia West, Year 13, has become the first student from Oxford High School to place in the top three of the prestigious Tower Poetry Prize competition. With her stunning poem, The Awakening, Sophia was selected from nearly 2,000 applicants to

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The Awakening by Sophia West

The Awakening   There was a day when the lake air was damp with the exhalations of moss and ferns. The night had been long, chilled by green leaves and dark water. I opened the door of a public toilet

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National success for our Equestrian teams

The OHS Equestrian Team, managed by Ellie Secker in Year 13 and Poppy Berdoy-Webster in Year 12, are members of the The National Schools’ Equestrian Association (NSEA). The NSEA is the recognised body for equestrianism in schools throughout the UK,

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In memory of Dr Katharine King

Dr Katharine Elizabeth Rees King MA PhD In memory of Oxford High alumna Katharine Rees (Kay to her family and friends), born on 4th August 1931 in Shanghai, China. She married the author Charles King in 1983 and sadly died in New

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China – Easter 2016

Oxford – Beijing – Xi’an 牛津–北京–西安 Year 9 and 10 Mandarin students have been practising their mandarin language skills whilst getting under the skin of Chinese culture on our highly-popular China Trip 2016. The experience began at the Beijing Chinese Language & Cultural

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The Opera Project – Rigoletto at Oxford High

Now entering its 23rd season, Opera Project has established an enviable reputation as one of the UK’s leading opera production companies whose work includes performances and residencies across a range of theatres and at a number of the country’s major

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Five Years’ On

Our recent alumnae are always invited back for a special Five Years’ On lunch in school – free of charge as guests of the Head, Mrs Carlisle. This year, the Five Years’ On Reunion is on Saturday 14th May as

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A 140th Birthday Memory Book

As part of the World Book Day celebrations this year,  Year 7 took part in a Book Making Workshop with visiting artist Tamar MacLellan, whose specialism is the craft of Bookmaking. During the workshop the girls contributed memories towards a special Memory

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OX Magazine 2016 – Perfectionism article

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German Exchange at Oxford High

Our exchange with the Fürstenried Gymnasium in Munich started twenty years ago and takes place every two years. Fürstenried is a mixed school, and we share the exchange with boys from Magdalen College School in Oxford. This week 24 girls and boys

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Success at the Classical Reading Competition

The Oxfordshire Classical Association Reading Competition takes place every year at the Faculty of Classics, Oxford University, presided over by four Classics Fellows from the University. This year OHS took 35 girls from Year 9-12 to read Latin and Greek aloud

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GreenFest ’16

Sixth Formers from Oxford High School planned, organised and managed their very own Green Festival – Greenfest. In a packed Hall, local Oxford companies and ‘green’ organisations, parents and girls from both Junior and Senior sites turned out to support this not-for-profit event.

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U13 Hockey in South of England Plate final

The Under 13 Hockey team reached the final of the Plate competition at the South of England Hockey finals. A fantastic result, well done girls!  

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Year 5 performance of ‘The Three Musketeers’

The girls in Year Five performed ‘The Three Musketeers’ after taking part in a three day workshop led by Mr Ian Murchie and funded by the Annual Fund. On the first day they were allowed scripts; the second day they

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Our ducks are back … it is definitely spring at OHS!

Our ducks have arrived once again in the Quad at the Senior School site heralding the approach of Spring! Hopefully we will soon see a family of ducklings swimming in the pond by ‘Deirdre’! Here are some photos from last

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We are made of star stuff!

One night, at about 2 am, PhD student Jocelyn Bell detected a strange pulsing radio signal coming from deep space. It was a very regular, ‘beating’ just under once a second. Had we finally discovered a life on other planets that

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Lisa Williamson visits OHS for World Book Day

Author Lisa Williamson came to Oxford High School Library on World Book Day to judge the highly-competitive and imaginative Year 7 ‘dress as a book character of your choice’ competition and to talk to Years 7, 8 and 9 girls about her debut

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GDST Cross Country success

Congratulations to our 1st VII who were runners up in the the GDST Cross Country Plate and to all the cross county runners competing. Our top finishers were Bea (6th) in year 7, Mette (16th) in year 8/9 and Alissa

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BHS Riding success for Dulcie!

Many congratulations go to Dulcie, in Year 12, pictured here on the horse she trained on. Dulcie has been awarded Distinctions in her British Horse Society exams in Riding and Stable Management. She has more cause for celebration shortly after when,

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Read about our fantastic footballers in the media

Our fantastic Girls on the Ball initaitve is getting lots of media coverage, proving that the popularity of the sport is growing rapidly.  Read about it here  or here  or watch it here  

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