In the heart of leafy north Oxford, just a stone’s throw from St Giles’ and the Ashmolean, and within easy walking distance of the University Parks and Colleges, stand the three sites which comprise Oxford High School.
We are proud to be Oxford’s oldest girls’ school, and we are proud, too, of the historic relationship between the city, its university and ourselves. We are also proud to be part of the Summertown community, with its cornucopia of cafés, eateries and schools, and its dappled avenues made famous by the poetry of Betjeman and the patronage of JRR Tolkien (who lived nearby when writing The Lord of the Rings).
However, Oxford is important to OHS not merely for its symbolism as a centre of culture and learning, but for the very real role it plays in the education of our girls. Whether it’s leading an entire year-group down to visit one of Oxford’s world-renowned museums, galleries or theatres, or taking a single class to a local chapel or churchyard to practise their creative writing, we ensure that every learning opportunity is maximised by our proximity to Oxford’s cultural and intellectual life.
Within school, our strong links to Oxford University and the Oxford University Hospitals enable us to host visiting speakers from all across the academic spectrum, and for the girls to extend their knowledge far beyond the curriculum. We also take full advantage of the close proximity of Oxfordshire’s pioneering Science, Technology and Innovation hubs, which enable us to offer educational opportunities at some of the most advanced scientific facilities and research in the world.
Of course, if you speak to our Sixth Formers, they’ll tell you that the best thing about our location is its convenient proximity to all their favourite haunts – whether that means nipping over the road to the gym, meeting up for a coffee in Summertown or taking a picturesque ramble down to the Cherwell Boathouse to gaze at the river.