Headington School Review: Rankings, Results, Fees, And More

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Table of Contents

Summary Of School

  • Type of school: Girls
  • Age range: 11-18
  • Pupils: 782
  • Boarders: 20%
  • Fees: £40,185
  • 2019 A Level Results: 57% A*/A
  • 2019 GCSE Results: 77% A*/A

Overview

Headington School has a reputation for being one of the best independent girls’ schools in Britain. Located just five minutes from the beautiful and vibrant university city of Oxford, the school was founded on the objective of providing quality education for girls.

A great indicator of their success is the vast number of their graduates who end up in some of the world’s most prestigious universities.

Headington School cultivates is able to provide a holistic education for its students through an abundance of extracurricular activities on top of a stellar academic programs.

Headington School Courses And Programs

A-Levels

A Level subject offers

Art and Design (Fine art)

German

Biology

Government and Politics

Business

History

Chemistry

Latin

Classical Greek

Law

Drama and Theatre Studies

Mathematics

Economics

Music

English Literature

Music Technology

Fashion Textiles (Textile Design)

Physics

French

Psychology

Further Mathematics

Religious Studies

Geography

Spanish

A-Level students can supplement their studies by taking an Extended Project Qualification in a subject that interests them. In Lower Sixth, students are expected to take two elective programmes.

Electives

19th Century Painting – The Birth of Modernity

Holocaust Landscapes

Cooking for University Life

Introduction to a Language for Beginners – Italian

Can you stand the heat in the kitchen

Politics and International Relations

Dance

Practical Chemistry – The Experimentation Hub

Electronics

Psychology

Film and Literature

‘Slow Fashion’ and Sustainability

Global Health and the Epidemiology of Diseases

Dragons’ STEM

Global Perspective

Through the Lens – Practical Analogue Photography

Lower School

Lower School Subjects

Art

PE

Biology

Philosophy and Religious Studied

computing

Spanish

Drama 

Chemistry

Food and Nutrition

Dance

Geography

English

History

French 

Mathematics

German

Music

Latin

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Physics

Middle School

Core Upper Four Subjects

Creative and Language Choices

Biology

Creative

Modern Languages

Chemistry

Art

French

Computing

Art Textiles

German

English

Dance

Spanish

Food and Nutrition

Drama

 

Geography

Music

 

History

 

Latin

Maths

PE

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

In Upper Four (Year 9) girls move to Middle School and are encouraged to take increased responsibility for their own learning and are given a greater input in the choice of subjects they study. Before the end of the year, they will make their GCSE subject choices.

Headington School Application Deadline

Age

Closing date (12.00 p.m. Noon)

11+

Monday 2nd November 2020

12+

Wednesday 14th October 2020

16+

Wednesday 14th October 2020

Headington School Ranking

Headington School ranks in the 69th place in the 2019 UK A-Levels league table, where 56.82% of Headington’s students scored A*/A in A-Levels examination. Furthermore, 77% of Headington’s students scored A*/A on the GCSE, placing them as a top 100 school for GCSE in the country.

Headington School Fees

Fees (in £) at Headington School include:

  • All necessary educational materials (unless otherwise specified)
  • School lunches
  • Morning snacks

Termly Fees

Day

Half-Weekly Boarding

Weekly Boarding

Full Boarding

Sixth Form Current Pupils

6090

8282

10475

12210

Sixth Form Direct Entrants

6635

9090

11545

13395

Upper 3 – Upper 5

6090

8282

10475

12210

Optional charges

Senior School

Breakfast Club

 

155

Music Lessons

Individual lessons: 10 lessons, 40 minutes

340

Hire of Musical Instruments

Wind instrument

 

String instrument

53

 

41

Speech and Drama

10 lessons, 30 minutes

 

10 lessons, one hour in pairs

240

320

Deposits

Deposits

Day

UK Boarder

Overseas Boarder

Senior School

1000

1500 (half-weekly)

 

2000 (weekly)

 

2500 (full)

3250

Advance Fee 

  

11500

Headington School Entry Requirements

Examination fees are £250

11+ Entry

November:

  • Assessments for English, Mathematics, and Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Interview with a senior member of staff

December: 

  • Place offered

March

  • Accept offer

13+ Entry

  • ISEB Pre-Test
  • Interview

November: 

  • Entrance examinations
  • Places will be offered approximately 2 weeks after interview and assessments

14+ Entry

January

  • Assessments for English, Mathematics, and Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Interview with a senior member of staff

February

  • Places offered. Offers must be accepted within 3 weeks

Sixth Form entry

  1. Academic interview will be conducted in home country (or via Skype for Overseas applicants)
  2. Report from current school
  3. GCSE: minimum prediction of 8 grade 6s at GCSE, at least a grade 7 in chosen A Level subjects
  4. Entrance examination papers will be sent to the British Council or British Embassy, Education department. This may incur additional charges.
  5. Online critical thinking assessment
  6. Sixth Form candidate: exams based on proposed Sixth Form subjects
  7. EAL paper for students whose English is not their first language

December

  • Places Offered

Dates

Overseas Testing Dates

Age

Dates

11+ Entry

20th ~ 23rd November 2020

12+ Entry

30th October 2020 ~ 2nd November 2020

16+ Entry

30th October 2020 ~ 2nd November 2020

Overseas Testing Dates (Hong Kong and China)

Age

Dates

11+ Entry

22nd November 2020

12+ Entry

Sunday 1st November 2020

16+ Entry

Sunday 1st November 2020

Headington School Reviews

Anna Jones
5/5

“I had a great time in Headington, it is amazing to see what the school has to offer and the many opportunities for the girls”

Roli Ajayi
5/5

“This is a fantastic school for girls!”

Drew Kamphuis
5/5

“Fantastic school with staff that takes safety and first aid training seriously to ensure the wellbeing of the students.”

Luigi Sabato
5/5

“I was privileged to spend a summer in the school, and it was beautiful. Unforgettable moments, well-organised is what I could say about the school and my experience.”

Headington School Accommodation

Houses

Age

Facilities

Davenport

11 ~14

  • Eight dormitories with two to seven beds each
  • Lounge area with piano
  • Television room with games 
  • Two prep/work rooms with networked computers
  • Kitchen
  • Health haven/Sick room
  • Laundry room

Hillstow

Upper 4 ~ Upper 6

  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Kitchens for hot drinks only
  • Two large common rooms
  • Games room
  • Two computer rooms

Napier

Lower 5 to Upper 6

  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Two kitchens upstairs for hot drinks
  • Large common room
  • Two computer rooms

Celia Marsh

Sixth Form

  • Single and double bedrooms
  • kitchen
  • Common room
  • Quiet work room
  • Computer suite
  • Piano
  • Laundry room

MacGregor

Sixth Form

  • Single and double bedrooms
  • Kitchen
  • Common room
  • Quiet work room
  • Computer suite
  • Cafe
  • Laundry room

Headington School Student Services And Extra-Curricular Activities

Headington School places a great deal of importance on developing transferable skills. As a result, the school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities to encourage them to explore their potential and to develop skills such as leadership, teamwork and organisation skills – these are all useful skills that will come to good use in the future.

Sixth Form Extra Curricular

Musical ensembles and choirs

Book Club

Students Robotics

Debating

Gym

Young Enterprise

Spinning

Hot Spot journalism

Rowing

Waterpolo

Dance

Theatre Tech Club

Sports teams and clubs

Step and Tone

Amnesty Group

Yoga

Eureka Science

Coderdojo

Eco-committee

Rock Climbing

Duke of Edinburgh

Film Club

Combined Cadet Force

Philosophy Cafe

Law Society

Cheerleading

Literary Society

Football

Psychology Society

Creative Writing Club

Enrichment Activities

Academic Enrichment

  • Astronomy
  • Book Clubs and Literature
  • Societies
  • Chemistry Clubs
  • Classics Societies
  • Computing and Robotics
  • Crest and Eureka
  • Science Clubs 
  • Creative Writing
  • Debating
  • Dissection Club
  • Dragons’ Den
  • English Higher Education
  • Preparation
  • History Club
  • Institute for Research in School (IRIS) Club
  • Journalism
  • Languages Ambassadors
  • Medic Discussion Group
  • PolSoc
  • UK Linguistics Olympiad

Creative Arts

  • Applique
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Experimental Drawing and Painting
  • Intro to Architecture
  • Open Studio
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textiles Charity Christmas
  • Cards
  • Textiles Enrichment

Leadership, Action & Community

  • Babysitting Qualification
  • Combined Cadet Force
  • Conspiracy Theory Club
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Explore and Confirmation
  • Headington Biographies
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Missing Maps
  • Prep School Buddies
  • Random Acts of Kindness

Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Ballet
  • Big Band and Show Band
  • Choirs and Singing Groups
  • Chorealab
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Dance Leadership
  • Dance Scholars
  • Drama Productions
  • Headington Dance Academy
  • Headington Dance Company
  • Headington Hit Factory
  • Musical Theatre Society
  • Music Technology and Music Theory
  • Orchestras and ensembles
  • Speech and Drama
  • Street Dance
  • Technical Theatre Crew

Sports and Wellbeing

  • Badminton
  • Cheerleading
  • Circuits
  • Community Sports
  • Leader Award
  • Cricket
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Open Gym
  • Real Tennis
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rounders
  • Rowing
  • Running & Cross Country
  • Social Cricket & Rounders
  • Spinning
  • Step & Tone
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Track & Field
  • Trampolining
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

Headington School Contact Information

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