Far from ending when she leaves the classroom, the learning of an OHS girl continues beyond the classroom through a packed calendar of trips, visits and clubs.
Trips and Visits
Visits and visitors form an integral part of the Co-Curricular programme from Reception onwards, with appropriate activities designed to enhance and deepen the girls’ learning. Our location in Oxford means we have a wealth of educational experiences on our doorstep and our proximity to both woodland and outdoor education centres, plus the city’s prestigious museums, collections and exhibitions, is a real asset.
Older girls (Year 5 and 6) have the opportunity to go on residential visits under the aegis of the highly regarded adventure companies, PGL and Bushcraft. These provide girls with the chance to experience outdoor adventure and form unforgettable memories with their closest friends, whether they are careening down a zip line, orienteering, climbing trees, building fires or learning how to use a trapeze!
Finally, as part of the GDST, there are also Trust-wide events where small groups of girls are able to learn and collaborate with pupils from other schools across the country.
Another feature of our Co-Curricular Programme is the impressive array of visitors who come to us in order to share their experience and expertise with the girls. For example, we are proud to offer welcome visiting speakers to enhance our ‘Modern Woman’ project in Year 6, which seeks to highlight the professional achievements of women in the 20th and 21st Century who fulfilled their ambitions and overcame the systemic obstacles in their paths. Our speakers hale from a myriad of different backgrounds, including civil engineering, the arts, finance, business and science, and we are thrilled to see the impact this has on the girls.
We offer a full programme of clubs and activities available for girls to enjoy both within the school day and after school. These are provided by both OHS staff and by specialist external providers. There is a huge variety of clubs including chess, football, ceramics, board games, ballet, Spanish, German, Mandarin and cooking. New clubs are always being introduced and are often initiated at the wishes of the girls themselves.
Here is an example of the clubs that may be offered during a term: