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I truly believe the experiences of and quality of the school that your daughter attends will mould her into the adult she will become.

There are many reasons why I love Wychwood. It is a unique day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18 which, in the words of our founder Miss Lee, aims to provide an education ‘for genuine girls not imitation boys’.

Mrs Andrea Johnson – Headmistress

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Why girls thrive at Wychwood

Outstanding
Pastoral Care

120

Years

Wychwood School has been teaching girls for 120 years

Individual
Attention

28

Subjects

There are 28 GCSE, A Level and BTEC subjects offered

Small Class
Sizes

10

Minute Walk

The Pitt Rivers Museum is 10 minutes walk away

Holistic
Focus

35

clubs

We have 35 extra-curricular clubs on offer

Extension beyond
the Curriculum

10

Oxford Colleges

Our staff and alumnae have studied at 10 Oxford Colleges

I love Wychwood because it is so welcoming. Everyone knows each other and there aren’t friendship cliques.

Current Pupil

My daughter is so happy! We feel so pleased that she is not in an academic hot house and the school really knows and values each child as an individual. That is not to say academics are not important, the teaching is excellent and the expectations are high. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Wychwood to any parent. It is a very special school.

Current Parent

What a fantastic place Wychwood is. The smallness of the school suited me down to the ground, you are never a number always a name…

Old Girl

Wychwood spirit

The Wychwood spirit is tangible throughout the school, but hard to put into words. So we’ve put together an interactive guide of some of the things that we think encapsulate our shared outlook…

Wychwood views

To truly understand Wychwood you need to hear from the girls, teachers, parents and old girls who make up our family.

Inspiration all around

Our location, in the heart of Oxford, is fundamental to the school’s unique approach and character. The spaces, facilities and inspirational things that surround us are part of everyday school life. Use this interactive map to explore some of them.

Wychwood Map

Wychwood Sport GroundSchool Sports Fields and Courts

Our sports fields and courts are used all year round for PE lessons and fixtures in netball, hockey, tennis, athletics and rounders. The fields also host tournaments we hold and the annual sports day.

Map Uni Parks 200University Parks

Offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of the City, but conveniently located right at its heart, is the green oasis offered by University Parks – with something to please everyone. It boasts a choice of walks, a large collection of trees and plants and space for informal games and picnics with the river Cherwell bordering to the north. Wychwood girls come together for their fun runs here and individually love the freedom the uni parks offers.

Pitt RiversPitt Rivers 1

The Pitt Rivers Museum displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world and all time periods. It is truly a global museum. The museum is also a teaching and research institution and the curators are also university lecturers in either cultural anthropology or prehistoric archaeology. The shrunken heads are an annual and enjoyably spine-tingling attraction for Wychwood girls.

Museum of Natural HistoryMap Natural History 200

Founded in 1860 the Museum holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens. Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the Dodo, and the swifts in the tower. The MNH visit is a regular item in Wychwood’s calendar.

Museum of the History of Science

MHS houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean. As well as the  permanent displays, visitors enjoy special exhibitions highlighting areas of the collection and Wychwood visitors always enjoy their trips.

The Bodleian LibraryBodleian Library By John Cairns 9.7.15 103

The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library with over 12 million printed items. First opened to scholars in 1602, it is one of six legal deposit libraries for works published in the United Kingdom. It is a truly unparalleled resource especially for the Wychwood EPQ students.

AshmoleanMap Ashmolean 200

The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time. It forms an invaluable resource for many Wychwood departments, especially the creative arts.

New TheatreNew Theatre2

The New Theatre is the main commercial theatre in Oxford. It puts on a wide variety of shows, from musical theatre, to stand-up comedy and concerts. Visits are fun and uplifting.

Op2Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse is a theatre for everyone,presenting, producing and creating a wide range of live performance. It also produces and tours its own shows, hosts Artists in Residence and presents Playhouse Plays Out. Wychwood is a regular patron.

Ox Castle 1Oxford Castle

Oxford Castle is 1000 years old and provides a taste of Oxford’s fascinating history. Guided tours take you back in time to explore Saxon towers, the 900 year old crypt and the 18th century prison. Oxford Castle also forms the backbone of the history department’s coursework.

Radcliffe CameraRadcliffe Camera

The Radcliffe Camera is one of Oxford’s most striking buildings. It was built in 1737-1749 and was designed to be the location of the Radcliffe Science Library. It is the first example of a circular library in England. It is another superlative architectural resource for the Wychwood art historians.

Bridge Of SighsBridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs (Hertford Bridge) joins two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane. Its distinctive design makes it a city landmark. The bridge is often referred to as the Bridge of Sighs because of its similarity to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice even though it was never intended to be a replica. Our photographers, artists and art historians all regularly feature the Bridge of Sighs in their work.

I greatly enjoyed my 2 years at Wychwood – I was taught to think for myself.

Old Girl

Boarding provides a unique atmosphere as girls board on a full, weekly or occasional basis

In 2017 we celebrated 120 years of Wychwood with a birthday party and lots of 120 activities

News

UT Launchpad Day at Radley

Kite Runner at Oxford Playhouse

The Moon comes to Wychwood

More News

Events

Form plays

Open Classrooms

Study English Literature to Theatre Royal Winchester: The Importance of Being Earnest

Inters Religious Studies trip to Coventry Cathedral

Upper Transits Careers Forum What is your motivation?

Wingfield Digby Lecture: Dame Ottoline Leyser (Old Girl)

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Blogs

Headmistress’ Blog

Wychwood Art Blog

Wychwood Music Blog

Wychwood Live

What’s happening around the School

20 February

Sunset over Wychwood this evening #sunset #sky #Oxford

16 February

Happy #ChineseNewYear2018 to all in the Wychwood community. May we wish you health and happiness in the year of the dog

15 February

Have you ever wondered what really goes in a classroom? Well now you can find out at the Wychwood Open Classrooms Morning on 1st March! All lessons will be open to visitors throughout the morning. So come along, you might learn something! Book via admissions@wychwoodschool.org

14 February

Love is in the air at Wychwood today on #ValentinesDay (as well as paint fumes!). We love what is happening with the redecoration of the Study areas and we hope girls will too!

Wychwood has played a large part in making my girls the wonderful people they are today.

Current Parent