Since its foundation over 140 years ago in the heart of Oxford’s historic city centre, Oxford High School has fostered an outward-looking tradition of producing independent-minded, trailblazing young women, with the self-confidence, drive and determination to go out and make a difference in the world. That was the vision of our founder, Ada Benson, and it remains true of the School today, with alumnae as diverse as Cressida Dick, Mel Giedroyc, Emma Bridgewater and Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, to name just a few. From the outset, the School has been innovative and pioneering in its approach to girls’ education and we remain committed to the ethos of continually looking to improve the opportunities on offer to our girls, to build their confidence and resilience and to make the most of their individual strengths.


OHS is the only Senior School in Oxford to have been rated ‘exceptional’* by ISI, a reflection of the achievements of our girls both academically and in their co-curricular activities. While examination success is important to our girls (and they achieved record results), it really is only a part of a much bigger picture. Art, Design, Music, Drama, Sport, Community Service and a host of clubs and societies all play a central and enriching part in school life, enabling every girl the opportunity to flourish and to find her element. Our girls are hugely creative and excel in numerous areas, but it is their cheerfulness, friendliness and willingness to embrace new challenges which never fail to impress.

It is my pleasure and privilege to be part of this remarkable community both as a leader and as a parent. I hope you will begin to get a feel for the school from our website, but by far the best way to experience what Oxford High School has to offer is to come for a visit and see for yourself. I look forward to welcoming you to one of our Open Events soon.

Dr Philip Hills, Head of Oxford High School