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Education in Oxford: primary, secondary, higher education

Education in Oxford: primary, secondary, higher education

Oxford, with its academic atmosphere, historical and cultural richness, impresses locals and foreigners alike. Studying here means immersing yourself in the concentrated atmosphere of British intellectual center. This is one of the best tertiary education destinations in the world. Oxford is home to one of the oldest and most renowned universities in the world, the University of Oxford, made up of a variety of academic institutions, including 38 permanent colleges + a full range of academic departments.

But education at Oxford goes far beyond the stately buildings with cylindrical vaulted ceilings that adorn one of Europe's most beautiful city streets. The city is distinguished by a successful structure of public and private education - from primary schools to specialized training centers, additional, higher educational institutions, including private schools. Plus specialized educational institutions, colleges, universities, adult education centers, educational institutions, English language schools.

Despite the ancient university, as early as 1801, Oxford remained a small trading town with a population of about 12,000 people. The livelihoods of many depended on the university, but by the beginning of the twentieth century, the printing and publishing industry was firmly established in the city, the production of canned food, the legendary marmalade, took an important role. By 1901, Oxford had about 50,000 inhabitants. English industrial magnate William Morris (later Lord Nuffield) founded the automobile industry in Cowley, near the city: in 1926, a stamped steel plant for car bodies was opened in Cowley, and in 1929 the city boundaries were expanded to include an industrial quarter. Oxford Polytechnic Institute (today - Oxford Brookes University), one of the newest large institutions of higher education in England, was founded in 1970. Oxford is a well-educated city: the main sphere of employment is knowledge-intensive industries, the city attracts highly qualified scientists and teachers from all over the world.


Primary (preschool) education in Oxford

As the county's largest education center, Oxford University offers comprehensive childcare services for staff and student parents. The university has five kindergartens:

  1. Bradmore road
  2. Mansion house
  3. Jack straws lane
  4. Woodstock road
  5. Triangle Nursery

There are also places at nine public kindergartens in Oxfordshire. Some colleges offer their own kindergartens (Balliol, Somerville, St. Ann, St. John's, Wolfson).

Other childcare providers - just under 50 kindergartens in and around Oxford:

  • Groups for toddlers offer music education, creative activities, exercise and other activities.
  • Oxfordshire Childcare Centers are a great way to connect with children and parents for free.
  • Community centers offer group activities, social and information support.

Secondary education at Oxford

Oxford high schools offer the GCSE educational program, which includes the study of 2 basic disciplines (mathematics, English) + 4-6 optional subjects:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • English literature
  • Business disciplines
  • Foreign language (Spanish, German, French)
  • Accounting fundamentals
  • Statistics
  • Information Technology
  • Art.

The child chooses subjects that are interesting to him, which he will study in depth in the future when he enters one of the universities in the UK.

International students study the two-year GSCE program, mastering all the necessary subjects and improving their level of English. Students with high scores become candidates for admission to high school, where they master the A-level program. Obtaining an A-level certificate is the most important step for an applicant of an English higher education institution.

Teachers work with small classes, private school students are provided with a personal coordinator. High schools in Oxford are divided by gender into separate and coeducational schools.

How to become an Oxford High School student

You can enroll in one of the high schools in Oxford after submitting documents and successfully passing a personal interview (in person or by video link). Foreigners provide a certificate confirming knowledge of the IELTS language. Testing for admission consists of 3-4 tasks (listening, reading, grammar, essay).

A package of documents to be sent to the school along with the application:

  • Report card for 2 years
  • Personal characteristics of the child from the last place of study
  • Motivation letter
  • Confirmation of payment of the registration fee
  • Certificates and diplomas confirming the success in extracurricular activities.

It is better to submit an application a year before the planned start of classes: this will leave time for preparation, improving the level of English, academic disciplines.

Foreign students live in a boarding house or foster family, select a guardian for a minor child, pay for the 1st semester or year of study, make a deposit, pay additional costs.

Accommodation and meals for foreigners in Oxford schools

Private high schools in Oxford are located on cozy campuses with gardens, sports grounds, classrooms and living quarters, libraries, creative studios, swimming pools. Students have all the conditions for study, extra classes, and comfortable accommodation.

Accommodation options for foreign students:

  • On campus
  • With a host family.

Foreign students who come to get education at Oxford schools are accommodated in 3-4-bed rooms with private facilities. The campuses are equipped with kitchens so that young people can prepare their own food, tea, and snacks. Boarding schools provide balanced meals, medical care, 24-hour supervision.

Extracurricular activities at Oxford schools

Extracurricular activities are an essential part of the learning process in Oxford schools. The administration offers students sports, creative, technical and other circles, clubs. Classes are held after school and on weekends, including excursions, outdoor activities.

Education at Oxford High School includes excursions around the city, the surrounding area, local attractions, the old university.

Particular attention is paid to sports: schoolchildren are engaged in rowing, wrestling, boxing, swimming, football, and other team games. This ensures a high team spirit, good physical condition of students.

Oxford High School Tuition Fees

Tuition fees - from £ 21,600 to £ 43,980 per year. Price includes accommodation, meals, study materials, health insurance, extracurricular activities (including excursions / full day trips).

Best private schools in Oxford

  1. Chandlings (Cothill Trust)
  2. Cherwell College Oxford
  3. St george's mansion
  4. Christ Church Cathedral School
  5. d'Overbroeck's
  6. Dragon school
  7. Emmanuel christian school
  8. Headington school
  9. Magdalen College School
  10. New College School.

Higher education at Oxford

The city has one of the oldest universities in the world - Oxford University, as well as the famous technological university Oxford Brookes University.

Oxford University

Located in and around the medieval center of Oxford, the university is made up of 44 colleges and over 100 libraries, making it the UK's largest library system.

About 22,000 people study here, 40% are foreigners from 140 countries.

Dubbed "the city of dreamy spiers" by Victorian poet Matthew Arnold, Oxford has the youngest population of any city in England and Wales, with nearly a quarter of its inhabitants university students, which affects the overall atmosphere of the place.

The Oxford alumni network numbers over 250,000, including over 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel laureates, seven poet laureates and over 30 contemporary world leaders (Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Gandhi, 26 British Prime Ministers).

11 Nobel laureates in chemistry, 5 in physics, 16 in medicine are associated with the university. Notable Oxford alumni include:

  • Tim Berners-Lee
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Hugh grant
  • Rosamund Pike
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Graham Greene
  • Vikram Seth
  • Philip Pullman.

Oxford's first foreign student, Emo, from Friesland, was enrolled in 1190, and the modern university prides itself on being "international" with links to almost all countries: 40% of the university's teachers are professionals from all over the world.

As a modern research university, Oxford stands out for its special scientific achievements. Recently, the university took first place in the world in medicine, it is among the ten best universities in the world in life sciences, physics, arts, social sciences, humanities.

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes is one of the UK's leading modern universities.

Oxford Brookes is the only university in the UK to be included in the QS world ranking of the 50 best educational institutions under the age of 50 (QS, 2021), one of the best universities in the world in 13 subjects (QS, 2020). It enjoys an excellent international reputation for excellence in teaching and innovation. Today it is ranked # 2 in teaching in the Times Higher Education (THE) 2020 Young University Rankings, and has climbed 8 spots in the UK Top 50 in the 2020 Guardian League Tables Rankings.

The faculty has received 11 national scholarships in recognition of outstanding contributions to higher education.

Oxford Brookes occupies three city campuses, the fourth is located in Swindon, where medical students study.

Oxford Brookes offers training in four faculties:

  • Business School
  • Faculty of Health, Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Technology, Design, Environment

The university attracts students from more than 140 countries of the world and has a vibrant international atmosphere.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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