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Headington School is a leading day and boarding school for girls aged three to 18. Set in 23 acres just a mile from Oxford city centre, facilities include a brand new library built in 2016, complete with ‘sonic chairs’ where girls can listen to music, lectures or vocabulary without speakers and without disturbing their neighbours and interactive tables capable of ten ‘touches’ at a time for group working. There is a state-of-the-art music school adding to the School’s Art Complex and a purpose-built 240-seat Theatre. The Art School contains four art studios and a photography darkroom. In April 2015 a multimillion pound Dance and Fitness Centre was completed including a fully equipped gym, training rooms and a large dance studio equipped with a Harlequin dance floor. Other sports facilities include a floodlit all-weather pitch, sports hall and a light and airy 25 m indoor pool.
An education at Headington prepares girls for every aspect of life. The School’s results regularly place it among the top schools in the country, with girls going on to study at top universities around the world. As well as offering an extremely broad curriculum with more than 20 subjects offered throughout the Lower and Middle Schools and a choice of 30 A Level subjects or IB in the Sixth Form, the School offers an excellent extra-curricular programme, with more than 150 clubs and activities to choose from including Touch-Typing, Languages, Drama, Dance, CCF and Charity Fundraising. Girls carry on with PE into the Sixth Form, and partake in a wide range of sports from Fencing and Equestrian to Cheerleading and Football.
There are currently over 45 different nationalities represented throughout the School, reflecting Oxford’s culturally and ethnically diverse make-up.
Headington girls are intellectually curious, emotionally confident, kind and considerate to each other and to adults. Teaching is second to none, and we pride ourselves on adding value. Typically girls do at least a grade better in their GCSEs and one and a half grades better at A Level, compared with their assessed potential in Year 7. In the Sixth Form they are given leadership responsibilities and gain experience doing everything from running their own company to acting as representatives for their house. Our rowers compete at the highest level, with the School consistently triumphing at the National Schools’ Regatta, further strengthening its reputation as one of the top rowing schools in the UK.
Gifted & Talented
We make provision for all our students within each curriculum subject to ensure that all of them are challenged, and in particular there is an emphasis on the inclusion of higher order thinking skills within the regular curriculum. Headington seeks to reward pupils of exceptional ability with scholarships and Headmistresses Awards at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Academic Scholars take part in the Scholarship Mentoring Programme as well as being able to attend after school lectures and master classes, and have opportunities to work with students from other year groups.
We make reasonable adjustments for all pupils with SEN whether these are cognitive difficulties or physical disabilities. Such adjustments include access arrangements for examinations, one-to-one weekly support for girls in the Lower School and drop-in sessions for the Middle School and Sixth Form.
We make reasonable adjustments for all EAL pupils who are assessed on arrival. Such adjustments include one-to-one weekly support and class lessons for all students needing help with their English Language; from the Lower School, Middle School and Sixth Form.
Bursaries & Scholarships
Means-tested bursaries are available.
We also offer scholarships in Art, Drama, Music, Sport and Academic at ages 11, 13 and 16.