Latest News from the Top Independent Schools in Oxfordshire and Berkshire

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One way to get a feel for the culture of an independent school is to follow them on social media.  Most the top independent schools in Oxfordshire and Berkshire have twitter accounts and increasingly also a presence on Facebook and Instagram.  The social media updates give you a feel for what’s important to them, what they want to share and lots of great achievements.  You’ll find that some schools really focus on their sporting achievements or academics while others have a strong family feel.    If you don’t fancy scouring all the social media platforms (like we do at Red Kite Days), then just have a look at our snapshot of the top stories.

Latest news from the top independent schools in Berkshire and Oxfordshire will be shared here and regularly updated.  If you’re looking for the next open morning event dates at the top private day and boarding schools, we have a handy guide for that too as well as featured schools.

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If you are want to search for primary, secondary and special needs schools and colleges near you, and check their performance.  You can view and download exam and test results as well as Ofsted reports from the official government website.

Latest News from the Top Independent Schools in Oxfordshire & Berkshire

The Manor Prep – 13th Jan – Miss Evans Reception class are excited to start swimming lessons today!

Moulsford – 13th Jan – Last month Moulsford sent 15kg of old library books to Uganda through the @1moreChild  charity, which supports 280 ex-street children in Uganda, 50% of whom are orphans. We are delighted to see the shelves full of books, ready for the children to read

The Oratory – 13th Jan – heo, one of our 4th Form GCSE Design Students, had the opportunity to meet Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren. Theo gave him one of his latest inventions, a ‘Prop-It’ phone holder. It was a small gift with a big response! Read more here

Downe House School -13th Jan – ‘My three months at Downe House have been the most amazing experience of my life.’ said Klara, an Exchange student from our Partner School in Prague.

Shiplake College – 13th Jan – Throughout December and over the Christmas period, Shiplake College staff and students took part in the College’s first ever ShiplakeBokaFlod, which brought everyone together to share books and read. Find out more here

Cranford House – 13th Jan – Reading Football Club showed their support for new football talent today as our Years 3 to 6 pupils were put through their paces in a fun yet challenging masterclass here at Cranford House. A big thanks to @RFCCommunity  and their coaches.

Radley College – 13th Jan – A great afternoon on Sunday with Ian Murphy giving an excellent workshop which inspired both the students and teachers.

Headington School – 12th Jan – We’ve uploaded a selection of some amazing work from last years’ GCSE and A Level artists here –

Summer Fields  –  12th Jan – Indoor training for our cricketers this afternoon in preparation for their tour later on this term.

Headington Prep – 10th Jan – Crash Landing! Year 1 were called on to investigate a loud noise outside….just look what they found!

Cokethorpe School – 10th Jan –An exciting end to the first week of the Lent term. #CokethorpePrePrep had a wonderful afternoon learning about how to safely toast marshmallows over their New Year bonfire

St Helen & St Katherine – 10th Jan- After hearing the students reflect on their experience, Mr Drew captured the learning: “Plan where you can. But when things do change, be prepared to use what is at hand to make the best of the best of the situation. You may be able to make things even better than beforehand.”

Our Lady’s Abingdon – 9th Jan – Superb Music exam results. 19 students took Music exams last term and all passed. 37% passed with Merit and a further 32% passed with distinction. Special mention goes to James (Lower Sixth)) for passing Grade 8 piano and to Eleanor (Upper Sixth) for passing Grade 9 saxophone.

Bloxham School – 9th Jan-  Well Done to Ocean N. who completed the Fan Dance test march. He is the youngest person ever to completed it within the UK Special Forces cut off time, 4 hrs. Hiking the 24km course, carrying a 40lb bag over 3,155ft, it’s one of the toughest endurance events in the country!

Kingham Hill School – 9th Jan – Yesterday saw the first of our new @kinghamhillsch  CCF RAF recruits take to the skies @RAFBenson  with 6AEF. Samantha & Seb landed from their first Tutor flight with big smiles on their faces. Congratulations to Joshua & Daniel who earned their Bronze wings.

Dragon School – 9th Jan – The grounds are once again alive with the roars of young Dragons as a new term begins. Welcome back young Dragons!

d’Overbroeck’s – 8th Jan – My new favourite quote for 2020.. ‘if you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give the orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast endless sea.’ Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Chandlings School – 8th Jan – This half term our Wellbeing Knight will be focusing on My Body which is the engine that powers your wellbeing. It is designed to move. Being active is a necessary ingredient to a long and happy life.

Wellington College – 8th Jan -congratulations to Justin C (R) who played in the Portugal Junior Open, overcoming a 4-stroke deficit on the final day to force a playoff & finish as the winner. A fantastic achievement and we look forward to seeing more success from Justin and our Golf Team in 2020.

Reddam House – 8th Jan – yesterday we opened our new Sixth Form Centre! It’s now ready for our Year 12 and 13 students to use as a social and study space between their lessons.

Oratory Prep School – 7th Jan – The final of the 2019-20 @OPS_OratoryPrep  staff bake off followed weeks of preliminary rounds of baking. Finalists presented beautiful cakes judged on taste and presentation. Sarah won the bake off apron with her strawberry celebration cake! Congratulations to the finalists!

Magdalen College School – 7th Jan – Congratulations to Jason (Lower Fourth) who has been selected by @BadmintonEnglnd  to compete in the 2020 @EuropeBEC  U15 Championships. Just 4 boys and 4 girls are picked to represent England in this prestigious championship. Good luck next month Jason!

Sibford School – 7th Jan – As a part of our commitment to support our young people as they navigate our tricky world, Sibford designated the Autumn term INSET training towards enabling all of the teaching/boarding staff to be trained and accredited in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

St Edward’s, Oxford – 4th Jan – Football pre-season is underway @StGeorgesPark  the boys have checked in, toured the facility and now getting into football.

St Gabriel’s School – 1st Jan – Thinking of a new school for your child in 2020? Read our excellent and outstanding inspection report and get in touch to talk about how our balanced approach can help your children achieve their potential.

Claires Court -24th Dec – We are incredibly proud of the achievements of our pupils who competed at the @ISAsportUK  National Swimming Gala this term!

Rye St Antony – 16th Dec- Boarding is an integral part of our school and our younger pupils were able to get an insight into boarding at our Open Boarding House last week. Our older boarders worked with those visiting to take home a handmade pom pom to hang on their tree as a reminder of their visit.

Cherwell College – 11th Dec –  Michaelmas Term is a high season for Science Research and Development at Cherwell College Oxford

New College School – 3rd Dec – ear 7 were treated to a visit from @GreenBioLtd  in their science lessons and listened to a fascinating talk on the use of bacteria to produce sustainable chemicals. They learnt about how bacteria are cultured and the types of chemicals they can produce.


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