A vibrant day and boarding school with an international outlook, set in 23 acres of playing fields and gardens just a mile from the dreaming spires of Oxford. Great results are just one part of a great education at Headington.
Headington's academic results speak for themselves - year on year, girls' performance at GCSE and A level place the school amongst the top 50 in UK league tables - but our real strength lies in our commitment to meeting the needs of each individual pupil. No two girls are the same. That simple wisdom is at the root of the Headington approach to girls' education, and forms the basis of everything we do. Our clear sense of purpose is combined with the belief that learning should be stimulating and, above all, fun. From our flexible boarding options including half-weekly boarding to our broad range of extra-curricular activities, Headington is a place where each pupil is encouraged to discover and explore her own strengths and interests. Our goal is to enable each pupil to discover her full potential, whatever her background. The education that we offer is built around the twin values of breadth and balance. All of our teachers are subject specialists, with the expertise and enthusiasm to stretch and challenge each girl, encouraging her to work to the best of her ability. Headington sixth formers choose between A levels and the International Baccalaureate, and all girls benefit from a wealth of opportunities and experiences both within and beyond the core curriculum, designed to broaden their outlook and enable them to make a positive contribution to the wider community. Set in an enclosed campus just one mile from the centre of Oxford, Headington boasts a superb range of top quality facilities including a state of the art Music School, a multi-million pound Dance and Fitness Centre including a fully furnished gym, training rooms and a large dance studio equipped with a Harlequin dance floor, Art School, professional 240 seated Theatre and floodlit AstroTurf pitch. Our five welcoming boarding houses are each designed to offer the right mix of support and independence to girls at each stage in their education from age 11 to 18, with the youngest girls based in homely Davenport, and Sixth Form boarders enjoying greater freedom and independence in the purpose-built Celia Marsh and MacGregor boarding houses and adjoining Sixth Form Centre.
Headington School's Boat Club launched a remote challenge to keep rowers active while out of school. Girls and staff were challenged to run, skip, jog, row or swim over 24 hours.
25th March 2020 — It was a case of no school, no problem for Headington School’s Boat Club.
Several members of the elite squad went home with an ergo or a static spinning bike. To make sure they could keep their training going, Head of Rowing Mr Chris Hermes launched the first of a series of Saturday challenges.
The first challenge, on Saturday 21st March, was to travel (run, skip, jog, row, swim etc) as many meters and for as many minutes as you could in a day and upload them to a communal form - ensuring you were self-isolating where required and social distancing in all cases.
HSOBC then announced a number of winners including the best family effort, the best team effort (from girls in the club), best individual performance, best staff department and so on.
The results were outstanding with an incredible response from everyone in the Headington community. Overall the community reached a staggering 2,788,814 metres in 226 hours!
We look forward to the next Saturday Challenge.
Pictured is the empty gym once all the equipment went home with the athletes!
Headington girls are continuing to help locate and map remote communities with the Missing Maps project. This will prove vital if COVID-19 spreads to unmapped communities worldwide in terms of providing aid.
25th March 2020 — Headington girls are continuing to help locate and map remote communities with the Missing Maps project.
Headington School, Oxford has been running a club since last year – however, with the threat of the global COVID-19 pandemic reaching ever further, the work has taken new impetus.
Since Headington started getting involved in the scheme, they have logged 73,000 buildings in unmapped places around the world. They are part of a 200,000 strong global effort to map these isolated communities.
The project asks volunteers to help map places in the world for where there are no maps. If communities are unmapped, they are left out of aid or government strategies when responding to disasters and other emergencies. The project uses satellite imagery and an online tool to allow users to trace around buildings.
With the global pandemic, it takes on a new significance but the principle is exactly the same – if the virus reaches places that are not mapped, nobody knows where to find communities, roads, or health and community centres to help them and the virus could have a much more devastating impact very quickly.
Mrs Hannah Badger, Geography teacher who runs the club at Headington, said: “After the announcement of school closures in the UK, members of my class were lacking in direction and feeling, quite naturally, a little helpless. By turning over the lesson to mapping these communities, this empowered them to realise they are doing something genuinely useful.
“It’s a great way to actually take some positive, tangible action even while stuck at home.”
More information about the project can be found here: https://www.hotosm.org/what-we-do and information on how to sign up can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suk8uRpIBQw. Anyone can sign up and start mapping.
Headington Prep have been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award! The Arts Council England said ‘Headington School has maintained its prior commitment to an arts rich learning offer'.
24th January 2020 — We are delighted to announce that Headington Prep have once again been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award! The Arts Council England said ‘Headington School has maintained its prior commitment to an arts rich learning offer, but has further developed through this phase of Artsmark an even richer, more diverse arts offer of very high quality.’ We are so proud of our staff and girls for all the hard work they have put in to promoting the arts. The teaching, trips, clubs, research and outreach have all led the way to receiving this prestigious award. The Arts Council England summed it up when they said ‘Most impressive is the richness of your learning offer which is outstanding, encompassing all art forms and rooted in curricular and extra-curricular activities of very high quality.’
Abbey and Ai Ling from Headington Prep win the Year 4 DCBeagle Maths Challenge.
5th November 2019 — Four Headington Prep girls took part in the Year 4 DCBeagle Maths challenge at Summer Fields school on Tuesday 5th November, with one pair finishing as joint winners with Windmill Primary School. Well done to Abbey and Ai Ling! 48 teams took part from various schools covering Oxfordshire, with Maria and Eleanor from Headington Prep finishing in a fantastic 13th place.
High achievers receive excellent GCSE results with over a third graded at the highest possible 9 level.
22nd August 2019 — There were smiles and tears of joy as girls celebrated an amazing set of GCSE results together.
In the second year since switching to the new 9-1 grading system, an incredible 34.1 per cent of all GCSEs taken at the School were graded as a 9, the highest possible level. Twenty-three girls achieved 10 or more 8s or above and four secured straight 9 grades – an outstanding achievement. The proportion of all exams taken graded at the equivalent of 8 or above was 57.3 per cent while 76.7 per cent were at a 7 or higher and an impressive 40 girls achieved 10 7s or above.
In our Year of Languages, there were excellent results in both Modern and Classical Languages, with 81 per cent of all exams taken graded at 7 or above and 61 per cent at 8 or higher. There were also fantastic results in both English Language and English Literature, with 78 per cent and 68.3 per cent at 8 or above respectively – equivalent to an old A*. Nearly 57 per cent of all English Language papers were graded at the highest possible 9 grade, while two-thirds of those taking History also scored the top grade.
Georgia, who joined Headington in our Prep School, achieved 9 in all 10 of her subjects. She said: “It’s a really fantastic end of two years of excellent teaching and teachers.”
Hannah was one of the 23 girls at Headington who achieved 10 or more 8s or higher, with one 8 and nine 9s. She said: “I’m extremely happy. I wasn’t expecting what I got, I couldn’t expect more.” She will be taking the IB programme at Headington, studying Chemistry, Biology, German, Economics, English and Maths.
Head of Year Alexia was also celebrating a string of top grades, including four 9s. She said: “I’m overjoyed, so relieved that all the hard work finally paid off. I’m super excited about the Sixth Form, I can’t wait to do the subjects I love.” She will take A Levels at Headington in Geography, History and Politics.
While many of the girls chose to find out their results in the privacy of their own homes before joining their friends at school to celebrate, Caitlin decided to open hers in the hall in front of her teachers and classmates – she was rewarded with eight 9s, an A* and an A. She said: “I didn’t know what to expect but I thought I may as well just open it, there’s nothing I could do to change it. I’m really happy and I’m excited about being in the new Sixth Form Centre which looks really good.”
Elena arrived supported by her older sister Bethany, who picked up her IB results from Headington in July. Elena juggled her studies with hospital treatment for ulcerative colitis and achieved an excellent string of results, all at 7 or above. She said: “I did better than I expected and I’m really happy, I’m looking forward to Sixth Form.”
Headmistress Caroline Jordan said: “We are delighted to see so many girls with so much to celebrate today. The new qualification system is hopefully becoming clearer now it is starting to be bed in and it is heartening to see so many of our girls seeing their efforts recognised at the very highest level with the new grade 9. We select our girls based on academic potential and it is brilliant to see the tremendous progress they have made, many far exceeding their predictions on entry.
“Of course, behind all the statistics are lots of individual success stories featuring an awful lot of very hard work, from both girls and staff, and we are so pleased for each and every one of them.
“Results are only ever one part of the pictures and as always we have worked hard to ensure our wonderful girls can enjoy a sensible balance between study, home life and relaxation. We congratulate them all today – well done!
Headington girls celebrate another stellar set of results
Joyous Headington School girls collect their A Level results
15th August 2019 — It was celebration time at Headington School as girls picked up another fantastic set of A Level results. An impressive 49.5 per cent of all entries were rated at A* or A, and 78 per cent were graded at B or higher. Girls collected a total of 146 A* and A grades between them, sitting a total of 295 A Levels.
It was a particularly special results day for fourteen of our girls who have been with us since joining our Prep School in 2005. Holly successfully gained 3 A*, Phoebe and Bethany both achieved two A* and one A, whilst Isabelle secured her place to study Medicine at Bristol University with one A* and two A’s. Izzy and Beth have been together in the same form group throughout school.
Beth said, “I felt nervous this morning but now feel relieved and very happy with my results. I’ve loved my time at Headington, it’s been amazing but I will be sad to leave my friends”.
Izzy said, “Today has been so emotional. I’ve been at Headington since the beginning of Prep School and have grown up here. I am so happy with my results but feel really sad to be leaving.”
Phoebe’s mother said, “I am one happy parent and so so proud of Phoebe. Headington has been amazing and the teachers have been so supportive. She has worked very hard and I am delighted for her and what she has achieved. She has so many opportunities ahead of her.”
Coco, who has been at Headington since Year 2 and gained a mix of A*’s and A’s said,
“I am amazed at my results as I don’t see myself as ‘academic’ but Headington has been so supportive and my time here has been very rewarding. I feel I’ve achieved what I have through being at this school and receiving the support from the teachers – both pastorally and academically.”
A few of our sixth formers are headed overseas with two securing scholarships abroad. Grainne is heading off to the University of Groningen in The Netherlands to study International and European Law, while Charlotte will be taking up a rowing scholarship at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. Other destinations include USC in South Carolina and UCLA in Los Angeles.
In our Year of Languages, we were delighted to see significant numbers of the year group moving on from Headington to study Language related subjects. They include Grace, off to study Modern Languages at Nottingham University and Head Girl Emily Morgan who is going to Leeds University to study Languages, Culture and Linguistics.
Grace said “I am shaking and overwhelmed with my results and feel speechless. It is crazy that my time at Headington ends today. I am so grateful for my French teacher’s support who challenged me and helped me so much. Without all the teachers’ support I wouldn’t have achieved what I have.”
Emily said “I am happy with my results but sad to be leaving Headington. I’ve loved it here and have always felt at home, the teachers are amazing and so supportive and I have always felt I belonged. I am excited and feel ready to move on; Headington has made me prepared for the next step.”
With the imminent development of Headington’s aspirational Creativity and Innovation Centre it is fantastic to see our students heading off to study creative subjects such as Architecture, Engineering, Computer Science, and Design subjects after doing well in their exams. These include Eliza who is going to Leeds to study Fine Art after gaining two A*s and an A, Zoe is heading to Southern California to study Graphic and Media Design and Thalia is studying Fashion at Ravensbourne University whilst Ollie will be studying Computer Science at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA.
Annagreta achieved one A* and two A’s and is going to Oxford to study Classics. She joined Headington in the Sixth Form, having lived and grown up in Italy.
Annagreta said, “It was a big change coming from Italy to here but the staff have always been incredible and helped and supported me with anything I needed. I have had a whale of a time and managed to do lots of extra-curricular activities on top of my studies which I wouldn’t have been able to do back in Italy.”
A number of other students are also heading to Oxford and Cambridge including Liv who is studying English at Oxford and Audrey who is studying Archaeology at Cambridge after gaining three A*s and an A and an A* for EPQ.
Over half of our Maths entries achieved an A* or an A, with Maths being our most popular subject at A level. 48.8 per cent received an A*-A in Maths and 100 per cent received an A*-A in Further Maths. We are proud of them all.
Today’s results add to this year’s excellent set of IB results published in July, which saw three girls, achieving 44 out of a maximum possible 45 points and a fantastic average points score of 37.2.
Headmistress Caroline Jordan said: “I’d like to congratulate each of the girls on their tremendous achievements, which are the culmination of two years of very hard work. This year group has had an absolutely incredible work ethic and I am so pleased to see that their results reflect this fantastic attitude, which will stand them in good stead for what comes next in their educational journey.”
A Level results at a glance:
• No of students 93
• Passes at A* - A: 49.5 %
• Passes at A* - B: 78.0 %
• Passes at A* - E: 99.3 %
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