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.

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

Headington Prep – 28th September – David Kay from The Gatehouse charity in Oxford came to take assembly this morning and collected all the food items that have been kindly donated by parents and children all this week. Our Charity monitors were giving him a hand to load it all in his car!

Chandlings School – 28th September – If you go down to today you’re sure to find some …..leaves! Our Nursery children enjoyed making leaf people, finding leaves and even rolling around in them!

Reddam House – 27th September – Year Two creating ball games and teaching each other. Year 3 Science. We looked at bones in the human body today and how important they are!

Moulsford – 27th September – Yr6 Spanish practising their floors in the house, beautiful pronunciation boys! ¡Muy bien!

d’Overbroeck’s – 26th September -Music & Drama are important elements of school life. Students from all years become involved in the school production and #sixthform students study A level Drama, Music & Music Technology. Students will be performing at #openmorning – 6 Oct

Downe House School – 26th September – We finished our last hockey match with a strong performance, keeping our energy high to the very end. We have continued to improve as the day has gone on! Well played everyone!

Summer Fields – 26th September – Great to see some of the Pre-Prep boys out for their first Forest School session.

d’Overbroeck’s – 22nd September – our students have the luxury of small class sizes, so we can engage with them as individuals in every lesson. Teachers are able to respond to sparks of interest as they occur so students remain engaged in a subject. #openmorning 6 October

Our Lady’s Abingdon – Come and visit our Nursery and Junior School to see all that we offer. Our students will be available to show you around our wonderful school. No need to book. (29th September)

Downe House School – 22nd September – What an inspirational evening last night, celebrating the start of the journey for our new scholars and exhibitioners @DowneHouse. Here’s Dr Exon , Director of Music, with some of our new very talented Music Award Holders!

Sibford School – 22nd September – Saturday nights in Fielding house- face masks, nail painting, jam sessions and treats

Bloxham School – 22nd September – All is well in very wet Wales. 2 groups went caving and 2 went canoeing today. Back for well earned warm showers and celebratory birthday cake.

Moulsford – Successful morning on the water, good scenes during open day

Kingham Hill School – 22nd September – Our Year 7 day girls had that #FridayFeeling last week when they celebrated their first house social at The Old Butchers in Stow on the Wold. It was brilliant to see so many smiles!

St Helen & St Katherine – 22nd September – Excellent ‘Super Saturday’ netball and lacrosse matches today against @StSwithunsSport. All games were very close and extremely competitive. Great to see about 400 girls representing their school on a Saturday.

Chandlings School – 22nd September – Jeans for Genes Day: All the children (and staff) were very excited to come to school today as they didn’t have to wear their school uniform.  Instead they could wear Jeans!

Shiplake College  – 21st September – 1) School trip to Thorpe Park 2) Touch rugby session 3) Out for dinner with the boarders

Headington Prep – 21st September – Year 1 are recreating a famous Kandinsky painting as they explore how to mix colours

St Edward’s, Oxford – 21st September – Stunning new pics just in from photographer of our glorious Ogston Music School by Tim Ronalds Architects – now a HUGE part of day-to-day life at Teddies

Oratory Prep – 19th September – Congratulations to our U11a team who won the plate at the u11 tournament! Great result!

Headington School – 18th September – Headingtonian Abi helps guide some of our youngest boarders down the river – Abi got her A Level results this summer and is off to to study an Art Foundation course

Wellington College – 18th September – Congratulations to Jasper on his gold medal-winning vault at the London Open Gymnastics Competition earlier this month, wowing the judges with his 1.5 vault to take the win in the Under 18 competition.

Summer Fields – 12th September – Proud to again be featured in the #tatlerschoolsguide 2019 as one of the top Prep Schools in the U.K. Read our review on page 97.

Bloxham School – 10th September – We’re looking forward to welcoming new students to our Music Reception tonight where they can find out more about music lessons at Bloxham. This kick starts a busy term of events in our Music Department

New College School, Oxford – 10th September – All families are very welcome to our next Open Morning on Saturday 29th September. Meet the Headmaster, staff and current parents, tour the school, and find out about choristerships with New College Choir. No booking required; come along and find out more about an NCS education.

Downe House School – 6th September – “Nous sommes arrivées!” Term has begun in Veyrines for our Lower Fourth. The girls have settled into their dorms and are looking forward to a busy and exciting term!

Summer Fields – 6th September – So excited to welcome our pupils and their families on their first day in the new Summer Fields Pre-Prep!

Headington Prep – 6th September – We are pleased to announce the opening of the new Headington Prep playground! The ribbon was cut by our Head Girls, Libby and Ruby.

Oratory Prep – 5th September – Back to school and the hockey sticks and rugby balls are out. Feels good to be back on the playing fields after a relaxing break.

Cokethorpe School – 4th September – Archery and lazer tag…what better way to start Senior School!

Moulsford – 4th September – Year 6 pupil climbs Mount Kilimanjaro  

St Edward’s Prep – 4th September – Team St Ed’s out and about in Reading on an Inset Day treasure hunt! Teamwork makes the dream work!

Downe House School – 4th September – Downe House School give a huge welcome to their DHSixthForm Lower Sixth girls and parents as they begin their Sixth Form adventure. Mrs McKendrick says ‘grasp those opportunities’ and with those GCSE results – we know they will!

Sibford School – 4th September – A brand new school year starts today! Welcome to Year 7 and Years 12 & 13 who are here today for induction day. We look forward to seeing the rest of you tomorrow.

Radley College – 4th September – Today we welcome 149 boys from 75 different schools to the Radley Community. We wish them every success and happiness

Chandlings School – 2nd September – Congratulations to Noah who has come runner up in the Schools Science Poetry competition for Year 1-2, run by IF Oxford the Science and Ideas Festivaland read by Science Oxford.

d’Overbroeck’s – 31st August – Meet some of our 7-11 and Sixth Form teachers! The portraits are the artworks of our very creative 7-11 students and we absolutely love them. These pieces reassure us of the great connection that our students have with their teachers. Read more here:

Claires Court – 30th August – Tell your friends about our great Nursery! There are flexible days and sessions, and to help work out the best price we have a new ‘nursery costs calculator’ on our website. More information here

Downe House School – 26th August – Hard work certainly pays off! Of the Downe House girls who took reformed GCSEs, 6 of them achieved grade 9s across the board, putting them amongst 732 pupils nationally.

Wellington College – 25th August – Registration is now open for the Welling10k ‘Race With Soul’ Fun Run in aid of the Jimmy Higham Bursary Fund on Sunday 9 September 2018! Join us for a friendly and relaxed multi-terrain 5 & 10k fun run – fancy dress encouraged!  

Dragon School – 24th August – For those in the Far East, the Dragon will be at the British Schools Show in Singapore, October.

Our Lady’s Abingdon – 23rd August – Congratulations to all our students for their outstanding GCSE results this year – happy, smiling faces all round. We look forward to seeing many of you in September as you start your A levels in our sixth form.

Claires Court – 23rd August – Senior Girls & Boys were celebrating today after picking up their GCSE results! Read the full story and view the gallery:

Sibford School – 23rd August – Sibford pupils celebrate increase in top grades

Wellington College – 23rd August – Well done to our GCSE cohort of 2018 securing record results in all measures. The percentage of A*-A grades reached a record-breaking 87%. In the reformed subjects, the results were equally strong, with an impressive 20% scoring the elusive Grade 9.

Headington School – 23rd August – In our Year of STEM, 93.9% achieved 7 or above in Chemistry, 82.7% in Physics and 92.3% A or above in Further Maths – including Megan who scored an elusive A

Cokethorpe School – 23rd August – 100% of pupils sitting Ancient Greek, Latin and Religious Studies gained 9-6 grades

Wellington College – 21st August – We are blessed to have many inspirational, diverse and successful entrepreneurs among the Wellington Community including our very own entrepreneurship society, Disrupt, inspiring entrepreneurial and original thinking around college!

Shiplake College – 16th August – Shiplake gives congratulations to the Class of 2018 for a great set of Sixth Form results! 42% A*-A or equivalent, 83% A*-C.

Downe House School – 16th August – Downe House School congratulation their our Upper Sixth and their fantastic A Level and Pre-U exam results. 90% of girls achieved A*-B at A Level, and almost 60% of all grades achieved were A/A* with over 33% of the year group achieving 3 A/A* or more.

Sibford School – 14th August – Sibford School share some tips from the Telegraph on how parents can prepare for A level results day this week.

Dragon School – 13th August – Dragons have been in action rowing: Henry Pearson won his events at the International Regatta in Cork, Sam Stourton won Gold and Silver for GB in the Coupe de la Jeunesse. Max Shakespeare was in the British Eight which won the World Junior Championships.

Shiplake College  – 12th August – Well done Liv Morgan finishing 5th in the World!!! She has had an outstanding 1st year Shiplake College we look forward to seeing what she can do next year

Downe House School – 11th August – Congratulations to Lucy and Team Wales for winning the Bronze Medal at the U20 Women’s European Lacrosse Championships. Well done girls!

Claires Court – 9th August – British Cycling  helped delivered the Claires Court Cycling Festival.

Wellington College – 9th August – After years of planning, the new Performing Arts Centre is almost ready for its grand opening!

Abingdon Prep – 8th August – The Summer Concert in a packed Amey Theatre always provides a memorable evening of music old and new, performed by instrumental ensembles, choirs and soloists from Years 3 to 8.

Headington School – 8th August – What an amazing experience their girls had in Ethiopia! You can see more pictures of their adventures here:

Radley College – 7th August – Cowes Week in full swing, there’s some great photos of the sailing racing on their twitter account.

d’Overbroeck’s – 7th August – d’Overbroeck’s started life as a Sixth Form. Over the years, they have evolved and grown to become a successful 11 – 18 school; yet they remain a school with a big, thriving and high-achieving Sixth Form.

Shiplake College  – 6th August – The second rowing camp of the summer is under way, with 50 girls and boys, including 18 ‘residentials’. It’s buzzing down by the river as some learn to row and others perfect their technique!

d’Overbroeck’s – 5th August – Are you more interested in creating and recording music? Then Music Technology might be your A-level subject. The course at d’Overbroeck’s will help you broaden your experience and deepen your understanding of popular music styles and developments in music technology

Cokethorpe School – 3rd August – What an amazing year for the Cokethorpe School Catering Department…Chef of the Year, Winners of the annual competition and now Team of the Year!

Sibford School – 1st August – Sibford School shared some advice ahead of A Level results day … How to apply for Ucas Clearing 2018 and how does it work?

Our Lady’s Abingdon – 30th July – Final night in Borneo and a delicious roof top dinner watching the sun set over KK.  A great trip with lots of very happy memories. Homeward bound tomorrow and a tour of Singapore.

Dragon School – 20th July – the Dragon School shared Kate Curwell’s blog, about her attempt to kayak from London to the Black Sea in memory of her father.  It is beautifully written, and well worth a cup of tea and a good read. Kate is raising money for pancreatic cancer: see

Chandlings School – 11th July – Year 6 boys reached the final at the Big Science Event with at Science Oxford. They conducted sugar experiments before presenting their own experiment to the judges.

Godstowe School – 3rd July – The school were honoured to welcome Olympic gold medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE as their guest of honour at Prize Giving Day. An amazing, inspirational speech for their girls!

Unicorn School – 20th June – 100% PASS RATE FOR BTEC HOME COOKING SKILLS: Congratulations to  Year 11s!


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