Oxford High School GDST

Oxford High School is a leading all-girls independent day school situated in North Oxford.

Since its foundation in 1875, it has been known to educate brilliant, fearless, and outspoken young women. It is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), an organisation which constantly pioneers innovative education for girls and ensures that they enjoy a first-class education.

The ethos of our school is one of intellectual challenge combined with real heart, resulting in an atmosphere of true originality. Our vision is for an education that discovers girls’ strengths and passions and empowers them, whilst simultaneously equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed in their onward education.

Our curriculum is one that inspires as well as challenges, and our students develop independence, initiative, and resilience. At OHS, we are proud of our academic excellence but we understand that examination results are only one part of this; our approach encourages a love of learning, a deep understanding of the subjects, and the development of agile critical-thinking skills.

Of course, academics are just one part of school life at OHS. We want every girl to try new things and find her passions. Art, music, drama, sport, leadership, and community outreach all play a key role, giving every student the opportunity to prosper and make the most of her individual strengths. We offer a full programme of clubs and activities for our students to enjoy and these are provided by both OHS staff and specialist external providers.

Outstanding pastoral care is something that we are immensely proud of and OHS was recognised as ‘Exceptional’ in this area in our most recent ISI inspection. Each girl benefits from high levels of personalised care and attention to help them maximise both their academic potential and personal growth. As part of the GDST, one of our core values is to put girls first and we believe this means providing a supportive and caring environment in which our students can thrive as individuals. Our experienced and highly qualified staff are passionate about creating an environment where every girl can flourish and enjoy a happy, positive school life.

Through our inspiring teaching, rich co-curricular programme, and warm community of students, staff, and parents, Oxford High School creates learning opportunities and environments that encourage our students to take risks, make connections, and develop strength as well as insight.


  • Head Marina Gardiner Legge
  • Marina Gardiner Legge
  • Age range 4 - 18
  • Day / Boarding Day
  • Religious affiliation Non-denominational
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • 16+ A Level
  • Fees (per term) September 2020 - July 2021
  • Prep/Junior School
    • £3,000 - £4,064
  • Senior School
    • £5,363
  • Sixth Form
    • £5,363
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Bursaries & Scholarships

As a GDST school, we aim to seek out the brightest and most deserving girls for bursaries and scholarships so that the largest possible number of talented girls can benefit from the opportunities that a GDST education brings.

We offer a range of scholarships to celebrate our students’ talents and excellence in Art, Drama, Music, and Sport. Academic and Head’s Scholarships are also available and these are awarded based on performance in the entrance assessments and interviews. Scholarships are available to Year 7, Year 9, and Year 12 applicants.

All scholars are expected to make a full and enthusiastic contribution to school life and we encourage them to lead, set an example to other pupils, and be active in their chosen field.

We are committed to educating those whom we believe are likely to flourish here, regardless of their financial circumstances – every girl who is bright and keen should be able to realise her potential. Bursary applications are assessed by the GDST’s Fees Office and are means-tested, taking into account parental income and assets. Bursaries range from 30% to 100% of fees, and pupils awarded with a full bursary may also receive assistance to meet the cost of their school uniforms, lunches, and travel.

GDST scholarships and bursaries are available to any student aged 11 and over. Any scholarship or bursary awarded will last for the duration of a girl’s time at Oxford High School, subject to good conduct and satisfactory progress.

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Music scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Sport scholarships


Introduction to OHS Prep School
Introduction to OHS Senior School

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, the GSA is not responsible for inaccuracies.

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