Founded in 1407, Oswestry is one of England’s oldest schools and stands on the edge of a safe, typically English old-fashioned market town surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. ‘A small, traditional British school… with a personal approach. Family values and a close-knit community breeds confidence and stability for all the pupils… a home away from home.’ The Good Schools Guide
We are large enough to grant our pupils a feeling of independence and to house many superb facilities, but small enough for each pupil to be well known and make a significant contribution to the School. A combination of the School’s size and a high teacher-per-student ratio allows us to give personalised and consistent care and attention. We are extremely proud of the excellent academic results achieved; A-levels over recent years have had a 97-100% pass rate and around 90% of GCSE grades were A-C.
Teaching of the highest standard takes places in classrooms benefiting from the latest technology. Subjects offered at GCSE level include English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies, ICT, Latin, French, Spanish, Russian, History, Geography, Music, Religious Studies, Art, Design Technology, Textiles, Food Technology and Sports Studies. Our one year IGCSE programme enables students to join the mainstream school for part of the normal timetable, in order to ensure they experience a typical English boarding school environment. There are a wide variety of sports to suit everyone, helped by first-class coaching. Extensive playing fields, gymnasium, netball/tennis courts and a heated indoor swimming pool are some of the sporting environments at Oswestry.
With purpose-designed boarding houses and a study centre, the Sixth Form is regarded as an essential preparation for university. Subjects offered include English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Business Studies, ICT, Latin, French, Spanish, Russian,, History, Geography, Music, Government & Politics, Art, Design Technology and Sports Studies. Sixth Form lessons are delivered in small groups allowing intensive support and pupils enjoy enormous success with their university applications with most going on to their first choice university. Destinations include Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Warwick, London School of Economics, University College London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and other top universities in the UK and elsewhere.
There are four comfortable boarding houses on the School site, where boarders are cared for by attentive and dedicated house staff. Each boarding house has a resident Houseparent and Assistant Houseparents and every pupil benefits from a high level of pastoral care; wi-fi throughout the School campus makes it easy for pupils to stay in touch with home. The spacious, modern dining hall provides three hot meals a day; food is served as a buffet selection and includes fresh vegetables, fruit and desserts and there is plenty of choice, to ensure all diets are catered for. In addition to the academic programme, a wide range of weekend activities is arranged for the boarding pupils by members of the teaching staff.
Oswestry is ninety minutes by car from Manchester and Birmingham Airports and forty five minutes from Liverpool. We offer a fully supervised airport service.