Visiting Oxford High
We understand that you may wish to see what we do before you register your daughter for a place and so we try to offer prospective parents every opportunity to visit Oxford High School. You are welcome to join us at our annual Open Evening at the Senior School held in early October, attend one of the Junior School Open Mornings held throughout the year, or any of our Meet the Head events which you will find listed on our website here.
How do I apply for a place?
All girls are required to be registered by way of completing out Registration form and paying the registration fee, either by cheque or direct bank transfer (£100 or £150 for those applying from Overseas). Once registered, we will proceed with the admissions process and make arrangements for an Admissions Day, for those applying from Overseas papers can be sent to the current school or British Council. As we are a selective school, all applicants must take entrance exams before the offer of a place.
For entry to Reception, The Head will offer a place shortly after confirmation of registration, and there are no assessments. The Head of the Junior School does, however, like to meet both parents and their daughter. Places are offered on availability and siblings do have a priority. Date of registration is taken into account when classes are full and a wait-list is in operation.
What about Year 7 entry ?
We accept a whole year group into Year 7 every September, with girls coming not only from Oxford High Junior School but from typically forty different schools, both independent and maintained. On a Saturday towards the middle of November, we invite all our registered Year 7 applicants to attend the Year 7 Admissions Day. This day involves a great deal of fun as well as taking entrance exam papers in English, Maths and Reasoning (both verbal and non-verbal). The following week, all the girls return at their pre-allotted time and day to attend an interview/conversation with either the Head or one of her Senior Leadership Team. Together with the girl’s school reference that we have previously received, forms the components of admission to Year 7.
During the Admissions Day, as part of our care for your daughter, we make sure we ask of any special dietary requirements. Our dining hall offers a variety of food choices which includes meat, vegetarian, halal, and gluten-free so we are happy knowing there is always something healthy and enticing to eat. We are also keen to be informed about any medical conditions, whether minor or major, to ensure we are giving the best possible care at all times.
Can I find out the results of the exam papers?
Unfortunately, no. Our entrance papers are written in-house by the Heads of Department and the Deputy Head, Academic. There will be an opportunity to request feedback on the final result of a girl’s admission, if requested, but as there is no comparison to be made between our exam papers and other exam papers, it would not be helpful to you.
Shall I get her a private tutor?
Tutoring in preparation for an Admissions Day is unnecessary and in fact we discourage this. We assess your daughter on what she can achieve on her own.
What is the format for assessments and interviews?
Our admissions process includes written papers plus an individual interview for Year 7, two separate interviews for entry to Year 8, 9 and 10, and three separate interviews with The Head, Deputy Head Academic and Director of Sixth Form for Sixth Form entry.
Can I park on the school grounds?
Regrettably, we do not offer parking on-site but there are ample 2-hour roadside parking bays on Charlbury Road or Belbroughton Road. Please be mindful, however, of ‘permit bays’. Traffic wardens do patrol from time-to-time and issue parking penalty tickets periodically.
Will my daughter visit before she starts at the school?
We understand the need for our future pupils to be happy and comfortable when they start a new school so we hold a ‘New Pupil Welcome Day’ every year for all girls from Reception through to Year 12. The New Pupil Welcome Day is held during the latter part of June/early July and parents are also invited to attend a part of the day, usually for the Nearly New School Uniform Sale or afternoon tea. This is the day when your daughter will meet her new Form Teacher for September and her new class friends and have a general induction to the School. We will inform you, in advance, of the exact date and timings as well as sending every pupil a Welcome Pack with the all-important information that is needed. Our website has useful details of term dates, school uniform and other information to help you prepare for entry.
Are there Extra-Curricular activities for the girls?
We are able to offer a huge range of extra-curricular activities to our pupils and these are run by both staff and peripatetic teachers. Some classes may incur extra charges i.e. music tuition, sailing, tennis, and pupils may need to attend trials if they wish to be part of the squad that represents the school in hockey and netball. Speech & Drama tuition is an option for girls from Year 7 to Year 12 and the pupils work towards achieving their Trinity Guildhall grade every year, starting from Grade 3 in Year 7 to Grade 8 in Year 12. Overall, if a pupil wishes to do an activity then she can. We run over 90 clubs from Art to Zumba and almost everything in between.
Do you arrange Host/Guest Families?
Unfortunately not, as we are a day school and therefore do not organise host/guest families for our students. As part of our Admissions Policy we state that students should be living with their parents if they are looking to apply here. We can suggest Royal High School Bath, as part of the GDST network of schools, if you are looking for boarding.