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Wychwood School, Oxford

By Coby F

3 months ago

Address: Wychwood School, 74 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6JR
Website: wychwoodschool.org
Founded: 1897
Number of Pupils: Over 130, boys 20, girls 110
Ages: Boys and girls, 11-18 years
Fees: Daily from £6,937 per term (£20,811 per year)
Weekly from £9,998 per term (£29,994 per year)
Full Boarding from £11,909 per term (£35,727 per year)
Flexi Boarding from £79.50 per night
Head Teacher: Mrs Jane Evans
Religious Affiliation: Christian heritage, welcome children of all faiths
Entrance Procedure: Own school entrance assessment, interview, school reports and reference.
Contact: Mrs Jay Hunt, Marketing, Admissions & Business Development Manager
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Individual school tours by appointment and Open Days/Evenings.

The Curriculum

Pupils can choose from over 28 subjects at GCSE and A Level. Pupils usually take on average 9-5 subjects at GCSE; most go on to study A Levels and University entrance. The curriculum includes: English, Mathematics, Religious Studies, History, Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, French, Spanish, Computer Science, ICT, Textiles, Art, Drama, Photography, Music, PSHE and PE. In addition, pupils can also choose to study Business Studies, Economics, Film Studies, and History of Art for A Level. 

Wychwood also has an elective extension program which allows pupils to sign up for an additional course, often not related to a specific subject, where they have the opportunity to explore new and interesting material, as well as develop high order skills such as meta cognition and critical thinking. Examples include Repair what you Wear, Robotics, Introduction to Arabic and Rubik Masters. 

Games & the Arts

Sports include hockey, netball, tennis, and athletics as well as Rugby 7s, rowing, football, badminton and swimming. 

There are over 35 extra-curricular clubs across sport, music, arts, drama and science. Creative writing, crafty things, drawing, Harry Potter, languages, rugby 7s, LAMDA, drama, dance, rowing, basketball, badminton, MUN, rounders, netball, hockey, running and Girl Up are some examples of the sorts of clubs on offer.  

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is at the core of Wychwood’s ethos, and boarders are provided with a safe and secure community where they can learn effectively, enjoy social time, and have freedom to grow as individuals. There is strong vertical and horizontal mixing within the school and pupils are cared for with genuine familial attentiveness. Form and progress tutors are in place to offer support and monitor academic progress as well as their pastoral care. Pupils are also responsible for reinforcing this pastoral ethos as they take on roles of house parents and house siblings, form reps, citizens, and councillors.  

University Places

Pupils are extremely committed and hard-working, and at GCSE and A Level attain significantly over the national average, with 86% over the last 5 years accepted to their first-choice university. Pupils go on to study a wide range of subjects including Accounting and Finance, Film and Television, Health and Human Science, 2D Animation, Philosophy and Theology, and Sociology.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Wychwood aims for academic excellence through creativity of thought by providing education of the highest quality in a well-rounded and unique environment, enriching pupils’ education through creative approaches to learning and empowering them to face challenges with confidence.    

Wychwood focuses on innovation, collaboration, creativity, and leadership to deliver added value to all its pupils, striving to inspire the great minds of tomorrow. The entrepreneurial spirit is cultivated in every pupil as pupils are encouraged to question, innovate, and create, paving the way for breakthrough ideas and game-changing solutions. Wychwood educates for life; for the real, modern, and contemporary life, whilst fostering a love for lifelong learning.

Outstanding Characteristics

A current parent:

‘Wychwood is a truly amazing school, where every child can truly be themselves and valued for who and what they are. The staff work closely to encourage pupils to be pioneering individuals, helping them to reach their full potential and creating a nurturing and inclusive environment’.