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Judith Carlisle, Head of Oxford High School

Aims & Resolutions for 2016

We asked the heads of the best schools and colleges in the area about what their aspirations, hopes and plans are for the next 12 months
Mr Jeremy Banks, Headmaster at Beachborough School

"Questions are a sign of an inquiring mind and inquiring minds are at the heart of all genuine education"

Rob Jones, Headmaster at Rendcomb College

"Rendcomb College – your adventure starts here. To adventure requires freedom. As teachers and parents, the most precious thing we can do is give children the freedom to learn and develop and enjoy the adventure of growing up. At Rendcomb College, pupils are free to be themselves and free to take on big challenges.

"Our pupils are free to explore both academically and literally, using our 230 acre site that includes a Forest School, outdoor activities and leadership opportunities. They are free to build lasting friendships in a community that nurtures individuality within the safe-keeping of the ‘Rendcomb Family.’ I am not alone in thinking that Rendcomb College is a very happy and special place and would like to invite you to come and see for yourself.”

Richard Murray, Headmaster of Christ Church Cathedral School

"Every day I have lunch in our small school dining hall. We have a tradition of boys sitting in the next available place so I always find myself sharing lunch with boys from more than one year group.

Jayne Davis, Principal at Henley College


"Boys from Form 3 happily sit with boys from Form 8. As such the conversation is never predictable and always colourful. Fortunately, because our school is relatively small, I know everyone and can always tailor my conversation to the person I find myself next too. I can turn my conversational hand to different models of Mercedes, to World War II armaments, to the different types of pet rabbit and always conversation will flow. Often I am asked questions about things that I’m interested in or questions about things that boys have heard about on the news. One of my aims for this coming year is that I will be asked more questions than I ask. Questions are a sign of an inquiring mind and inquiring minds are at the heart of all genuine education."

Judith Carlisle, Head of Oxford High School

"This year, we celebrate our 140th anniversary and are extremely proud of our long history of leading girls’ education. As one of the highest performing schools in the country, our success could be judged purely on academic results and university destinations. Maths is our most popular Sixth Form choice whereas, nationally, fewer than one in five girls in England studies A Level mathematics. Our students typically enjoy 100% success in gaining entry to Medical School and 1 in every 4 OHS girls usually goes on to Oxford or Cambridge.

"But that wouldn’t be the full story. What sets our girls apart is that they are grounded, thoughtful and creative young women who intend to change the world and who relish breaking down stereotypes. We encourage them to be confident and ambitious in life whilst aware of the impact of their actions on those they care about, the wider world and upon themselves.”

Mr Jeremy Banks, Headmaster at Beachborough School

"Beachborough is a friendly and energetic Independent Prep School situated at Westbury Manor, in 30 acres of leafy grounds on the borders of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. We provide outstanding all-round education for around 300 boys and girls, a quarter of whom take advantage of our flexible boarding provision.

"We are large enough to have a diverse and lively community, yet small enough to find each child’s individual talent and help them surpass their personal best. We believe that a good prep school education will give children opportunities that will equip them intellectually, physically, culturally and emotionally for the challenges of the twenty first century.

"Beachborough’s curriculum and co-curricular programme are unashamedly broad and creative, making the best use of technology and our modern facilities. Our parents use words such as inclusive, nurturing and rounded to define our school so if you share in our belief that happy children thrive, please come and visit."

Jayne Davis, Principal at Henley College

"At the Henley College we believe that the transition from school to employment or university is a vital time for young people as they start to specialise and realise their full potential. A sixth-form college like Henley will provide you with a challenging, motivating and supportive environment where you can reach your academic goals, try new experiences and meet lots of like-minded people. We are proud to offer a broad and diverse choice of courses at Henley and there are many courses available that do not require you to have previously studied the subject such as Business, Psychology, Forensic Science, Creative Media (Games Development) and Music Technology. We also have many exciting extra-curricular activities available that enhance and enrich student life at Henley, as well as encourage and develop new skills and interests. These range from casual interest courses like debating or public speaking, to elite sports teams in rugby union, basketball and rowing.

"Based in the lovely town of Henley-on-Thames, the College has a beautiful campus with excellent facilities, student support and specialist teaching staff. I strongly encourage you to come and visit us in order to find out what makes our students here happy, successful, motivated and challenged. Find your place at The Henley College."

Emma Goldsmith. Head at Winchester House School

"Creating a thirst for learning. High aspirations are fundamental to our approach to learning at Winchester House School. We are focused on developing lifelong learners who thrive on challenge, adventure and a dynamic range of educational opportunities and experiences. We have outstanding facilities, small class sizes and all subjects from Year 5 are taught by specialist teachers. This year, 50% of our Year 8s gained scholarships to some of the top senior schools in the country including Academic Scholarships to Oundle and Brighton College and Sports Scholarships to Millfield and Wellington College. With that focus, in 2016 we will be developing the learning spaces around our ‘Upper Quad’; developing the classrooms to ensure we have modern and inspirational places to learn.

"So whether it’s in our Secret Garden or up a mountain (as part of the Learn to Lead Programme) or in the classroom, children will acquire the joy of learning and the right skills to equip them for the future."


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