Oxford High School GDST

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Oxford High School was established in 1875 and is Oxford’s oldest girls’ school. We are a leading independent day school based in the heart of Oxford for girls aged 4 to 18 years. Based on three sites, all within a short walk of each other, OHS is ‘through school’ from age 4 to 18, with its students benefiting from shared teaching, facilities, support and expertise. We have a wealth of alumnae who have become leaders in their chosen fields across the world and the school is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust which means OHS old girls become part of the largest alumnae organisation in the UK. The network operates as a professional support group for career and general advice, mentoring and social networking. Sixth-formers at OHS utilise the GDST’s unique CareerStart programme which helps them make university choices, find work placements and gap-year opportunities, and develop their presentation, leadership and enterprise skills.

Gifted & Talented

Oxford High School enjoys consistently high academic results at GCSE and A Level. Our academic results always place us amongst the highest performing schools in the country and girls enjoy many opportunities to develop leadership skills and contribute to service in the wider community. Most girls study for an Extended Project Qualification as part of their innovative 360 Programme for Sixth Form.


Our (SEN) Department offers individual support and teaching to students with a wide range of additional learning needs whose lessons are highly individualized and focused on academic skills and strategies. The school has a strong Health team with two nurses and two counsellors available within the school day.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Almost one in five GDST pupils receives a bursary or scholarship to help towards her fees. GDST bursaries are available at 11+ and 16+ entry, to the value of full or partial fees. The threshold to be eligible for some support is whether your family’s assessable income and resources is below £85,000 a year and you may be offered, for example, a full bursary if your family’s annual income is less than £35,000.

A range of scholarships is offered at 11+, 13+ and 16+ including Academic, Art, Drama, Head’s, Music and Sport. Scholars hold their awards for the duration of their careers at Oxford High School. Scholarships are to the value of 10% of fees at 11+ rising to 15% of fees at 16+.

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