If these responses fail to answer yours, please get in touch by calling the Admissions team on 01865 318500 or emailing admissions@oxf.gdst.net

How do I apply for a place?

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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 students’ current schools or the 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.

How do we apply for entry to Year 7?

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We accept a whole year group into Year 7 every September, with girls coming not only from OHS Prep but from typically up to 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 the sitting of 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 a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Together with the school reference that we have previously received, the results of these visits form the basis of our judgment as to a student’s eligibility to enter 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 my daughter’s entrance exam?

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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.

Should I get my daughter a private tutor to prepare her for the Admissions process?

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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?

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Our Admissions Process varies according to year of entry. To read more about the process for your daughter’s age group, visit the Admissions pages and look for your daughter’s prospective year group (e.g. Reception to Sixth Form), where full details will be provided.

Can I park on the school grounds?

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Regrettably, we do not offer parking on-site but there is ample roadside in several two-hour parking bays located on both Charlbury Road and Belbroughton Road. Please be mindful, however, of ‘permit bays’. Traffic wardens do patrol from time-to-time and issue parking penalty tickets periodically.

For directions to the school, please refer to the Contact Us section.

Will my daughter have the opportunity to visit the school before term starts?

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We understand the need for our future pupils to be happy and comfortable when they start at Oxford High, 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 receive 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.

Once your place has been confirmed as accepted, we will also invite you to come along to age-appropriate events or concerts in school so you can meet your future classmates or fellow parents. Buddy systems, parent handbooks and ‘getting to know you’ events are all part of the warm welcome you will enjoy when you join Oxford High School!

Are there Extra-Curricular activities for the girls?

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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 and 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.

Read more about our Co-Curricular programme in the Prep School and the Senior School.

Do you arrange Host/Guest Families?

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Unfortunately not, as we are a day school and therefore not in a position to 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.

Come and see for yourself

We are always happy to welcome you for a visit to our school, so that you can see for yourself how our girls learn, flourish and excel. Check for the next open morning or get in touch.

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