Information and setting
With its origins dating to 1407, Oswestry is one of England’s oldest schools. The School is located on the outskirts of an old-fashioned market town with some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain expanding around the luscious school grounds. In such a stunning setting, pupils follow the School’s motto: ‘We learn not for school but for life’. Despite its history and traditional values, Oswestry is also a warm, caring and progressive school which keeps pace with the changing times.
With excellent links to London, the local train station is just a ten minute drive from the School. The School offers a fully supervised airport service, with Manchester and Birmingham Airports 90 minutes away, and Liverpool just 45 minutes. (5)
‘A small, traditional British school… with a personal approach. Family values and a close-knit community breeds confidence and stability for all the pupils… a home away from home.’
The Good Schools Guide
The School has four comfortable boarding houses, where boarders are attended to by caring and dedicated Houseparents and Assistant Houseparents. Three hot meals a day are provided in the spacious, modern dining. Food is served as a buffet selection with fresh vegetables, fruit and desserts. The School campus has Wi-Fi connection throughout. A vast array of weekend activities is arranged for the boarding pupils by members of the teaching staff.
A full and well-rounded education
High quality teaching takes place in modern and technologically-equipped classrooms. A highly-qualified and inspiring team of staff fully support and motivate pupils, who are pushed to make the most of their abilities. The School is just the size – large enough to provide pupils with a feeling of independence and to house exceptional facilities, yet small enough for each pupil to be well known and contribute to the School’s development and reputation. Given the non-selective admissions process, exam results are excellent. A-levels over recent years have had a 97–100% pass rate and around 90% of GCSE grades were A–C.
Subjects offered at GCSE level include English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies, ICT, Latin, French, Spanish, Welsh, History, Geography, Music, Religious Studies, Art, Design Technology, Textiles, Food Technology and Sports Studies.
To ensure that international students experience a typical English boarding school environment, the School runs a one-year IGCSE programme enabling them to join the mainstream school and follow the regular timetable. They attend whole-school assemblies, enjoy sporting activities, take part in weekend activities, as well as take part in music and drama competitions. Oswestry enjoys a proud tradition of music and drama.
There is a wide variety of sports for everyone, aided by first-class coaching. Extensive playing fields, a floodlit artificial pitch for hockey and football, netball/tennis courts, gymnasium and a heated indoor swimming pool are some of the sporting environments at Oswestry. Art and design excel as departments within the School, with several exhibitions held each year. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and the Combined Cadet Force offer opportunities to develop leadership skills, self-reliance and responsibility.
Sixth Form lessons are delivered in small groups allowing which enables intensive support. Pupils enjoy enormous success with their university applications, owing to excellent guidance provided by the Head of Sixth Form, personal tutors and both Deputy Heads, and the majority of students are accepted by their first choice university. Destinations include Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Warwick, London School of Economics, University College London, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and other top universities in the UK and elsewhere.
Subjects offered include English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Business Studies, ICT, Latin, French, Spanish, Welsh, History, Geography, Music, Government & Politics, Art, Photography, Textiles, Design Technology and Sports Studies.
‘The school’s high quality of pastoral care supports pupils’ personal development. Staff know their pupils very well and the pupils are confident that they will be listened to and will receive any help or guidance they require. The family atmosphere engenders excellent relationships between staff and pupils and among the pupils themselves.’
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