The single most important aspect of our School is of course our academic provision. All teachers consider every piece of work to be of importance in a child’s academic development. They focus on the individual to ensure that everyone performs to the best of their ability. Our small class sizes, our setting in English and Maths and specialist teaching across all subjects from Form 5, and the input from teaching assistants in many lessons mean that our boys perform extremely well in terms of scholarships and exams to their senior schools.
We ensure that pupils are equipped to deal intelligently with modern forms of electronic communications and our ICT provision is reviewed regularly. Equally we are passionate advocates of the importance of Classics. Our boys learn Latin, which is set in Years 7 and 8, along with French, and those who wish to study Ancient Greek can do so in their final two years. Physics, Chemistry and Biology are taught from Year 3 and the boys undertake numerous experiments which they very much enjoy.
Rigour, expectation and adherence to proper standards are extremely important, but our pupils must also be enthused - and our ultimate aim is to produce in every boy a profound love of learning which will animate them for the rest of their lives.
As boys move up through the year groups, increasingly some lessons are taught by specialist teachers as detailed below.
|Year 2||Music, French, PSHE|
|Year 3||Music, French, PSHE, Design Technology, Games, Science|
|Year 4||Music, French, PSHE, Design Technology, Games, Science|
|Years 5 - 8||English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Design Technology, French, Games, Geography, History, ICT, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies.|
Our School's pupils have established an enviable reputation for courtesy, sociability and commitment at their senior schools.
Within the Oxford area, boys have gained places during recent years at Abingdon, Magdalen College School, Radley, Leckford Place and St Edward’s; further afield they have moved to, for example, Bloxham, Cheltenham College, Cokethorpe, Eton, Harrow, Marlborough College, Oundle, Rugby, Uppingham and Wellington College.
Those seeking awards may be found at virtually any of the country’s leading schools, including Eton, Harrow and Winchester. Boys are prepared, whenever appropriate, for Academic Scholarships and for awards in Art, Drama, Music and Sport. In recent years, more than half our boys have achieved awards at senior schools.