Founded in 1977 and located just north of Oxford city centre, d’Overbroeck’s is a co-educational independent school taking students from age 11 through to 19. International boarders can join the school at age 14 or 15 on a 1 or 2 year IGCSE course. The Sixth Form is a mix of British and International students (approximately 60:40) and around half of these are full-time boarders. International students come from nearly 30 countries around the world.
d’Overbroeck’s presents students with an active approach to learning and believes they should enjoy their studies! Students will experience a busy curriculum full of opportunities in and out of the classroom, preparing them for next stage of their lives. Achieving “Excellent” in all the main categories of their last ISI (independent schools) inspection report, The Good Schools Guide describes d’Overbroeck’s as, “A place of energy and laughter”.
In September 2017 d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form will be moving to a new site in North Oxford, giving space for further expansion. Facilities at the new site will include science labs, arts and performance spaces and new and refurbished teaching areas. More details of the new site are here http://www.doverbroecks.com/333.php The International Section will then move to the current Sixth Form site at The Swan Building, allowing both the A level and IGCSE courses to increase their enrolment numbers.
Sixth Form students can choose from 35 A level subjects from the more traditional such as Maths or History to Business, Economics, Psychology and Politics. Academic results are strong and top university destinations include UCL, Bristol, King’s, Oxford and LSE. The Extended Project Qualification is an option which many Sixth Formers take up to enhance their academic profile and there are specialist programmes to support Oxford, Cambridge, Medical and Law university applications. Classes are limited to a maximum of 10 students with excellent teachers who inspire, motivate and aim to make learning enjoyable and engaging as well as successful. Students have commented that they work hard not because their teachers demand it but because they don’t want to disappoint them. Each Sixth Form student is assigned a Director of Studies who oversees their academic progress, progression and pastoral care throughout their time at d’Overbroeck’s.
Studies are supported and enhanced by and extensive enrichment programme including speakers, workshops, visits, music, drama and sports and activities.
Our International Section provides an excellent introduction to studying in the UK and if students wish to study further it provides a strong preparation before A levels so they can make the most of their sixth form. A 2015 British Council report identified 11 strengths at d’Overbroeck’s International Section. Students generally progress very rapidly both in their academic subjects and their English language. Beyond the classroom, they participate with Sixth Formers in sports, musical performances and other activities. Each student has a Personal Tutor who will oversee their academic progress as well as helping to make sure that the student stays happy and well. Options include one and two term courses , one year study in the UK years or one and two year pre A level courses.
d’Overbroeck’s Summer English courses are theme based and aimed at students aged 14 to 17. Students often use these courses to gain a taste of studying with d’Overbroeck’s long term before joining as IGCSE or A level students. Our Summer courses were rated in the top 3 for young learners in EL Gazette.
d’Overbroeck’s look for ambitious, able students who want an interesting education full of opportunities, who want to be taught well, want to discuss and debate and develop their critical skills ready for university and careers.