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.
About the school
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.
Schoolgirl and her family work together to provide hot food and other essentials to those in need.
3rd February 2021 — A Headington Prep School family have been working together to support those struggling during the pandemic.
The Sandhu family have been volunteering as part of Nishkam SWAT charity, distributing warm food and other essentials to anyone who needs them every Tuesday and Thursday in Oxford city centre.
Lockdown has meant volunteers have dropped to just three and the van used to distribute the items needed some work, including organising donated food, sleeping bags, toiletries and general clean-up.
Malika, in Year 5, cleaned and organised the van for the volunteer effort.
Dad Mr Harmeet Sandhu said: “She used her great planning and organising skills learned at school to clean and organise the van. She did a fantastic job and made us very proud.
“We believe it is really important for our kids to understand the importance of selfless service.”
Mr Sandhu said the charity was always in need of warm clothing, sleeping bags, tents and in particular, additional volunteers. He thanked restaurants Franco Manca and Kebab Kid for hot food donations, which are supplemented by home cooking from Mr Sandhu and another volunteer, and said any restaurants who might also be able to help would be very welcome.
Anybody who would like to help with food donation or volunteering should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and more information about the charity is available at https://swatlondon.com/ and https://www.oxfordshirehomelessmovement.org/organisation/nishkam-swat.
Headington has been awarded a prestigious award recognising its eco-friendly credentials.
The School has been presented with a Green Flag for its commitment to being more environmentally friendly.
17th July 2020 — Headington has been awarded a Green Flag for its commitment to being more environmentally friendly.
The School was awarded a silver award two years ago and has now successfully passed its Green Flag assessment.
Members of the School’s Eco council put together an application video outlining changes made within the school community to make it more sustainable and to encourage girls and staff to be global citizens.
The key aspect of achieving the coveted award was to demonstrate how the council was continually reviewing choices within school, suggesting actions and interventions and then monitoring how effective those actions were.
Mrs Anneka Streule, who oversees the committee, said: “The assessors were really impressed with the video and that our Eco Council members were still working hard during lockdown.
“They have worked really hard over the course of the year and previous years to do this and everyone who has helped make changes in school should be really proud of themselves.”
Following this year’s annual review, the Eco Council elected to focus no Fair Trade, waste and healthy living, all three of which were tackled by the School's Eco Lent Challenge.
Other positives include improving the recycling centre in the Sixth Form café and introducing food waste bins to the Food and Nutrition Department.
Mrs Streule added: “I feel really proud of the changes we've made and this makes me even more excited and determined to keep making improvements next year especially with all the challenges and opportunities that Covid-19 provides.
“I am also really proud of our environmental prefects, new and old, achieving our green flag award has been such a team effort over the past five years. Hopefully our Green Flag award will motivate every member of our community to keep making positive changes."
Headington School went off timetable to spend the morning focusing on their school, local and global community.
6th July 2020 — Headington School went off timetable to spend the morning focusing on their school, local and global community.
Community Engagement Day, on Tuesday 29th June, was the culmination of the School’s Year of Community, which aimed at both strengthening bonds within the school community but also encouraging girls to look outwards at the wider community.
Projects undertaken ranged from litter picking to creating a community quilt, from mapping unmapped global communities to contributing to an international cookbook.
Head of Charities and Communities Mr David Cunningham said: “We have been overwhelmed by the engagement and enthusiasm and we are very proud of the whole school community and what we have achieved during our Year of Community.”
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.’