Kings Oxford is a modern independent college for ambitious students looking for a mature yet supportive learning environment and community in which they can express their own identity, explore their interests and achieve their ambitions. The college supports students to become responsible and independent learners, based on a mutual respect between staff and students.
“This is a good school” Ofsted 2019.
The college has three campuses. St Josephs, located to the South East of the city, provides academic programmes including GCSEs, A-Levels, International Foundation and Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ) and is also the administrative hub for the college. Further details are provided in the profile below.
Kings Oxford’s specialist Art Department is located in King Edward Street in the city centre. This campus is the home of Kings Art and Design Foundation programme, which prepares students for entrance to specialist degrees in the creative arts. Further details are provided in the separate profile here.
Kings Oxford also provide a range of English Language and Summer School Programmes from the St Michaels campus, which is also located in the city centre. Further details are provided in the separate profile here.
Kings Oxford takes a personalised approach and offers individual visits and consultations throughout the year. Contact Kings to arrange an individual consultation and find out how we could help you to Reach Higher.
Kings Oxford, St Josephs Campus
Kings is a fully co-educational independent school for students from the age of 15, providing Form 5 and Sixth Form for Day and Boarding students. The college provides an inclusive and supportive environment in which students and staff are happy and feel valued. “The college is very harmonious … Students are confident, determined and sociable. Relationships are strong and morale is high” Ofsted 2019.
The college has a student-centred ethos and highly personalised approach to academic learning, student welfare and pastoral development. The college has a genuine ambition to ensure all students achieve their full potential and ensure that students are listened to, understood and respected. Teachers have very strong subject knowledge and challenge students through carefully planned learning activities which are contextualised to take into account students’ previous experience, current issues and future opportunities for further study and careers.
Teaching is conducted in small classes, with an average of 7 and no more than 10 students per class. The relationship between teachers and students is one of mutual respect, in a mature environment in which first names are used and without uniforms, ringing bells and school assemblies. Learning is gained through exploration and questioning of subject areas to gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the course content. Students also develop transferable skills which they can apply to new concepts, problem solving and for their further studies.
Examination structure and marking criteria are explored to ensure students fully understand what examiners are looking for and how marks are allocated. Examination and revision strategies are integrated in to the learning and personal strategies are developed to ensure students maximise their performance and results achieved.
The school provides a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities which bring their classroom studies to life and provide opportunities to both enhance university applications and to explore wider interests, activities and support personal development. Opportunities include a wide range of clubs, societies and activities, national and international excursions; Kings Physics students recently visited CERN in Switzerland, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research whilst another group of students planned and set off on an expedition to explore Cambodia and visit a school for disadvantaged children which is funded by Kings charitable activities.
All Kings students are supported by a Personal Tutor. Their role is to oversee all aspects of students learning, development and welfare. Subject and Course Heads and specialist UCAS advisors provide further advice, support and guidance, working to ensure students achieve their full potential and take full advantage of the opportunities available to them within the college, the local community and in their progression to leading universities.
“All students receive high-quality careers advice to enable them to make informed choices about their futures. Students are extremely well prepared for the next stage of their education and achieve the qualifications necessary to pursue appropriate university degrees. The very large majority of students proceed to good universities following highly regarded courses such as accounting, art, business and engineering as well as medical and veterinary sciences.” Ofsted 2019.
Kings provide a range of options for students who wish to board. Student residences offer modern, well-equipped single en-suite rooms, with comfortable communal areas. Residences are fully supervised. Other options include host families and student houses are available for more independent students.