Oxford High School was founded in 1875 by Ada Benson, making us the first girls’ school in Oxford and the ninth school to join what is now known as the Girls’ Day School Trust. Since then, we have remained true to the principles and vision of our founder: we seek to equip girls with the resources, drive and determination to change the world for the better.
Research undertaken by the GDST tells us that girls differ from boys not in intelligence or reasoning ability, but through their attributes and dispositions during childhood and adolescence. As such, the learning needs and preferences of girls really are different to those of boys, and by catering specifically for those specific needs and preferences, we can empower girls to succeed.
We are proud to be a girls’ school because it enables us to offer girls the following advantages:
Flexible learning: we provide the optimum learning experience for girls, with discussion and collaboration privileged within the curriculum;
No gender stereotypes: prejudice in any form would never be tolerated by an OHS girl, which is why girls here are just as likely to flourish designing robots as they are playing football, debating a motion or playing the timpani;
Positive spaces: our culture is informal and modern, meaning girls don’t just benefit from safe spaces, but also creative, collaborative and contemplative spaces;
Better academic results: research shows that girls consistently achieve higher academic results at all levels in a single-sex environment;
Leadership opportunities: functioning in a single-sex environment gives girls the opportunity and encouragement to take on leadership responsibilities, including those traditionally held by men, thereby equipping them with the tools and confidence to succeed in a competitive world.