OHS is proud to maintain many links and several key partnership projects within our local community. These partners include local primary schools, sporting clubs and community hubs, as well as long-standing relationships with local charities and businesses providing bursary and scholarship support.
Our irrepressible Biology teacher Maria Whittington leads in the running of JEMS (‘Juniors doing Engineering, Maths and Science’), a triannual event which sees up to 100 Year 5 pupils from ten or more primary schools across Oxford joining us for a morning of science activities. Each morning has a different focus, such as material science or engineering, and is designed to share our own students’ love and curiosity for the subject. The morning is staffed by a different form of Year 8 students each term, all of whom love sharing their knowledge, and who often find themselves forming new friendships with their charges. Past and future sponsors have included the Royal Society of Chemistry and Beard, the contractors responsible for our new Sixth Form and Arts facility.
Girls on the Ball
Girls on the Ball is our hugely popular sporting partnership, offering girls-only access to expert coaching and facilities in football, hockey and netball. Supported by HSBC and run by our sports department, the programme sees approximately 200 girls from 15 primary schools across Oxford – including some of the most economically challenged areas in the UK – join us throughout the year for a rotating carousel of different sports. It’s great fun for all involved, but also provides some wonderful opportunities to develop team-skills and mutual understanding. At the close of every season of Girls on the Ball, each girl gets to keep her own shirt with her team’s colours on. It serves as a reminder of what she’s capable of when she works with others and competes with respect.
Oxford High School is fortunate to have a strong partnership with Summertown.info, the community hub for our North Oxford community. Recent collaborations have involved singing at the recent switching on of the Summertown Christmas lights. Led by Dr Peter Foster, our Director of Music, the OHS girls sang beautifully alongside pupils from Cutteslowe Primary School and D’overbroeck’s College. Oxford City Councillor for Summertown, and former OHS parent, Andrew Gant praised the turnout.He said: “It was fantastic, a really good success. What I was really pleased with for this year was that you had participation from four local schools. It was really nice to make it such a community event.”