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A leading British day and boarding school


Why d’Overbroeck’s? Contents

At d’Overbroeck’s you will work hard to get excellent results and achieve your academic goals – but we want you to enjoy your time with us and gain a lot from it personally as well as academically. Studying in the UK is an exciting challenge and at d’Overbroeck’s you will be supported every step of the way. This is a warm, friendly and lively school in which you will make many friends. You will find outstanding teachers who will always take the time to help you, both in and out of the classroom. We look forward to welcoming you into our school community.


Why d’Overbroeck’s?


Looking to the future


A British school with a global outlook


An outstanding all-round education

10 Excellent teaching 11 Good communication 14 A busy programme of activities and sports 15 Celebrating success 16 Boarding 20 Living and studying in Oxford 22 The International Section 2 5 - IGCSE

Sami Cohen Principal

2 9 - Study Abroad: termly options 3 2 The Sixth Form 40 Preparing for university and careers 45 How to apply 46 Map

“d’Overbroeck’s has made its mark in Oxford as an exciting and forward-thinking place to be”

d’Overbroeck’s is a highly successful British day and boarding school in Oxford that welcomes international students into its community. Students benefit from highly interactive teaching in small classes as well as a wide range of opportunities out of the classroom including sport, debating, music, and drama. Students study with us on: IGCSE programmes A level programmes Termly Study Abroad courses

This helps students to gain academic and social confidence preparing them for the next stage of their life. We are relatively informal (for example we use first name terms) but we are very focused in our approach, always seeking the best for our students. We provide an excellent education that develops their skills, interests and confidence whilst helping them achieve at the highest academic level.

d’Overbroeck’s is a busy, dynamic school full of energy, laughter and success, where everyone is made to feel welcome. The examination results are excellent and d’Overbroeck’s students go on to study at world class universities such as the London School of Economics, University College London and the University of Oxford. Happiness and good communications are key elements of our approach - students are well looked after and parents are kept well informed about their son or daughter's progress. Highly interactive, motivating and engaging teaching brings studying to life and is complemented by a comprehensive programme of activities, visits, sports and enrichment that provides an outstanding all-round education.

The Good Schools Guide



Looking to the future d’Overbroeck’s has established itself as a thriving, forward-looking and highly successful school with a robustly distinctive ethos, an outstanding staff team, and a strong reputation for the quality of its educational and pastoral provision. d’Overbroeck’s was founded in 1977 by Malcolm van Biervliet who was an inspirational teacher. He left it to others to run the school while he devoted himself to what he enjoyed best: teaching. For thirty years, from 1977 until he retired in 2007, he was a full time teacher of French and Spanish and head of the modern languages department. Malcolm led by example, and his legacy is still very much in evidence in the ethos and educational approach of the d’Overbroeck’s of today.

Our inspiring new Sixth Form building and boarding house take our educational provision to an even higher level. Students will benefit from an extremely successful modern education in the very latest facilities.

d'Overbroeck's continues to go from strength to strength enhancing our facilities and always looking to the future.

Our new building will feature: Well-equipped, spacious classrooms Five outstanding science labs Large library Excellent drama studio State-of-the-art music suite Lecture room 180 seater auditorium Art and photography studio Student common room Dining facilities

Above: An artist’s impression of the new boarding house at 376 Banbury Road Main image (right): New Sixth Form teaching site at 333 Banbury Road



“The teaching is rigorous, expectations are high and students are well engaged” Parent Feedback 2016

A British school with a global outlook We have more than 500 day and boarding students aged 11 to 18 over 65% of whom are from the UK. International students join us as boarders from the age of 14. We offer an exciting, dynamic environment to study in and one which the Good Schools Guide describes as “full of energy and laughter”. During your time with us you will have plenty of opportunities to find out about the UK, meet UK students and families and get to know Oxford and England well.

d’Overbroeck’s includes: Our International Section: where you can study on our UK Study Abroad courses or our IGCSE programmes with students from all over the world. You will meet, socialise and compete alongside our British students in a number of activities and sports

International Section

Our Sixth Form: this is where you can study A levels with us before going on to university Our Lower School: this is for day students aged 11 to 16. If your family are moving to the UK you may be able to join us at this stage if you are living locally.

Sixth Form

IGCSE One Year Programme

A level Programme

Age 15+ English Level: B1-B2 CEF

Age 16+ English Level: Upper B2 CEF

Prepares students to progress to A levels

• Day and boarding • Choice of over 30 A levels • Over 50% of students are from the UK

IGCSE Two Year Programme Age 14+ English Level: A2-B1 CEF

• An excellent preparation for UK university

Prepares students to progress to A levels

• Range of enrichment, sports and activities

UK Study Abroad: termly options Age 14+ English Level: A2-B1 CEF One, two or three terms starting September, January or April



An outstanding all-round education Coming to d’Overbroeck’s means you will be studying at one of the top schools in the UK and benefiting from excellent teaching and a busy sports, social, activities and enrichment programme. We are very proud that d’Overbroeck’s was rated ‘Excellent’ (the highest rating) in every aspect of our educational provision by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). This government regulated organisation inspects all the most highly respected independent schools in the UK. We are also delighted that in our most recent British Council Inspection strengths were noted in the areas of staff management, quality assurance, academic staff profile, academic management, course design, learner management, teaching, care of students, accommodation, leisure opportunities and care of under 18s. d’Overbroeck’s is a member of The British Association of Independent Schools with International Students (BAISIS) and we are also members of the Society of Heads.

d’Overbroeck’s was rated “Excellent” in: Teaching Pupils’ achievements Curricular and extra-curricular provision Pupils’ personal development Pastoral care Welfare, health and safety The quality of boarding and outcomes for boarding students by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

“Students grow into articulate, probing, caring and courteous individuals. Their maturity and sense of responsibility is a tribute to the success of the school’s ethos” ISI inspection report



Excellent teaching

Good communication

We believe that studying should be enjoyable and something that is of value itself as well as leading you on to the next stage of your education. Excellent teaching is the key to this.

An important part of a happy family is good communication and the same is true of a happy and successful school.

Small, highly interactive classes We keep class sizes small (usually no more than 10 students) to ensure that everyone is able to participate fully in every lesson and that our teachers can focus on the needs of every student in the class. Our classes are highly interactive because you learn most when you are fully involved in a class.

ensure you are happy and successful. You will receive regular feedback on your work including written reports assessing your progress in a number of areas.

We think it is very important that you know how you are doing, what is going well and what can be improved.

Outstanding teachers Our teachers include: Senior examiners Text book authors University lecturers Teacher trainers

“d’Overbroeck’s is an amazing school... teachers make you love the subjects as much as they do”

Several are leaders in their field. For example our Head of A level Media Studies is a prominent national journalist. Our teachers have excellent communication skills and an in depth subject knowledge which means they can inspire their students to achieve the best they can and make learning fun.

Mebe, Sixth Form student

You will talk regularly with your teachers (in and out of the classroom) and with your personal tutor to discuss how you are getting on. That way you know exactly what you can do to be even better!

We will also keep regular contact with your parents or guardian and teaching staff are available to answer any questions they have about your progress. We believe very strongly that success depends on everyone working well together with parents, students, teachers, personal tutors and host families all communicating on an ongoing basis.

Your personal tutor will have an overview of your studies and all aspects of your life with us. He or she will help

“The teaching has been excellent... monitoring of progress and reporting to parents has been very helpful” Parent Feedback 2016



A strong record of academic achievement

54% grade A* and A at A level in 2016



A busy programme of activities and sports

Celebrating success

Your time at d’Overbroeck’s will be enriching and stimulating both in and out of the classroom.

Our students achieve excellent results at IGCSE and A level. We have a diverse student body with a wide range of interests and talents including sports, music and drama. This adds to an environment where success is regularly celebrated and individual efforts to learn new skills and develop existing ones are supported. This encouraging approach can be seen on a daily basis in the praise students receive when they are doing well, as well as in moments such as our Sixth Form End of Year Celebration which is held in the world famous Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.

We regularly feature highly in national results tables and our students go on to great success at some of the best universities in the world and in their careers. Our students also compete successfully locally, nationally and internationally in many different arenas such as Maths and Science Olympiads, dance competitions, sports matches and other activities such as Young Enterprise and debating.

That’s why we offer you many opportunities to participate in a wide range of sports and activities – they are fun and are a good way of making friends. During a typical week, for example, you may be able to take part in: A range of team and individual sports such as basketball, football, running, swimming, netball and tennis. A busy activities programme with many different clubs and societies from cookery to dance, from debating to Young Enterprise (where you set up and run your own business).

More than 30% of all our students this year gained 3 or more grade A or A* at A level

The many trips, visits and performances throughout the year. These include concerts, an end of year ball, an awards event, weekend visits to cities around the UK such as London and Bath, trips to places such as the Harry Potter exhibition at Warner Brothers Studios, an international arts festival and many different social activities. We also have some very special activities in the holidays such as ski trips and expeditions which you can choose to join.



Boarding Where you live is an important part of your time with us. It’s important that you feel comfortable and safe. It’s also important that you are able to enjoy good and healthy fresh food and that you have somewhere you can concentrate and work effectively. At the same time it is important that you can travel to school easily and are happy in your environment. When you apply to join us we will talk in detail to you and your family to find out about you as a person and where you would most enjoy living. Your options (depending on which course and when you apply) are boarding houses and host families. Both provide excellent places for you to live.

“There is a very strong sense of community amongst the students... boarding provides a very effective preparation for the next stage of their lives” ISI Inspection Report



At home in the UK

Enjoy a modern boarding experience

Many of our British and international boarding students enjoy living with one of our carefully chosen host families. Our families provide a welcoming family atmosphere to greet you when you arrive in the UK and throughout your studies. You will have your own comfortable single study bedroom and will be part of a small community with other students. Our boarding team take great care to find you the right family to live with so that you enjoy your time there. Many of our host families have very close links with d’Overbroeck’s - for example, their son or daughter may have studied here. Our boarding team keep in regular contact with our host families and you to make sure that everything is going well and that you are happy.

“Students in their care enjoy a genuine family experience” ISI Inspection Report

In all our host family homes, breakfast and an evening meal will be provided and you will have wi-fi access and your own study facilities.

Students in our boarding houses are part of a friendly international community, which includes our UK boarders. Our boarding houses are located close to the school. We have a range of boarding options including single and shared rooms with en-suite facilities. Our houses are mixed in terms of boys and girls but securely divided into different sections. Breakfast and evening meals are provided in all our boarding houses. Students have monitored access to wi-fi. A houseparent is responsible for the running of each house and ensures everyone is happy and well looked after. There is a study period every evening during the week for students to do their homework. Students have some free time after dinner but must be back in the house by a set time.



Live and study in the city of dreaming spires Margareta, Slovakia

Known as 'the city of dreaming spires', Oxford is a beautiful and historic city with a long-standing and prestigious academic reputation. There are many parks in Oxford and the University Colleges are well worth a visit. You can also go punting.

It is also a modern, thriving centre of culture and technology. It is a very safe, student-friendly city with two universities as well as many schools and colleges and plenty for you to do. For example, you can visit the world famous Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, see contemporary art at Modern Art Oxford or visit The New Theatre, Oxford Playhouse or Pegasus Theatre for dance, drama and musical performances. The University of Oxford offers public talks, and will give you a taster of the intellectual challenges which you can embark on by studying at this hub of learning.

If you would like to be more active, there are swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), an ice-skating rink, running tracks, bowling arcades and, of course, the many sports and activities clubs run by d’Overbroeck’s. We even run our own club called ‘Discover Oxford’, specifically to introduce our students to everything Oxford has to offer. And if that’s not enough there are many famous places to visit that are nearby including Blenheim Palace and the retailer outlet Bicester Village.

Completed our IGCSE programme and is now studying in our Sixth Form.

“My English has improved a lot and I have got to know incredible people from other countries so I have grown as a person”

For details about our International Section turn to page 22

Jovana, Montenegro Studied on our Study Abroad Course, IGCSE and A level. She is going on to study Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary’s in London.

“d’Overbroeck’s is a lively, friendly, warm and welcoming place featured with unique academic excellence. I loved taking part in all the performances, concerts, dance events and recitals” For details about our Study Abroad Courses turn to page 29

Maryam, Azerbaijan Is studying A levels in the Sixth Form. Future plans are to study Neurobiology at university.

“No matter what you want to do in the future the school can help you. I really enjoyed taking part in the Model United Nations”

For details about our Sixth Form turn to page 32



The International Section

Studying at our International Section

The courses at our International Section are ideal for students wanting a boarding school experience or preparing for further studies in the UK.

Our International Section provides a safe, stimulating and highly successful introduction to British education.

As well as their studies, students have a busy social, activity and sports programme including events such as an arts festival, trips to other cities and famous attractions in the UK, study trips and an end of year awards ceremony.

It is located near the city centre and has excellent facilities including lovely gardens where you can relax in the summer. We offer courses that last from one term to two years and a number of students on these courses will stay on to study with us for A level.

Age: 14+

You will be in classes especially designed for international students, and your teachers will understand what it is like to be living and studying in a different country (some of them have done exactly the same thing abroad themselves). The lessons are designed to meet your needs, ensuring that you make good progress in terms of your language skills and your different subjects.

Location: The Swan Building, a short walk from the centre of Oxford. Facilities include classrooms, library/study room, science laboratories, art room, dance/drama studio, large gardens Courses: One, two or three term Study Abroad, one or two year IGCSE

You will also develop a range of study skills as well as team working, presenting, researching and working on projects. You will work with students from all over the world, giving you the global perspective that is so important these days. However you will also learn a lot about UK society and be with UK students from across the school as part of your activities and sports programme. You will have the benefits of working in an environment carefully designed to help you adjust to the UK system whilst being very much part of a British school and part of Oxford.

Next step: Some students return home to study in their own education system. Many stay with us; others go on to other leading schools in the UK Class size: Usually 10, maximum of 12 Boarding: Boarding house ("106") directly opposite the school and excellent host family options Nationalities: We are delighted to welcome students from all over the world. Students also meet, socialise and compete alongside UK students from across the school Uniform: Students wear a school polo shirt and jumper.



By studying with us you will: culture and life in the UK on a daily basis. You will meet, socialise and take part in activities and sports with British students and have the opportunity to explore Oxford and the UK

Improve your academic English and gain internationally recognised academic qualifications for the next stage of your education Learn to work collaboratively: through project-based assignments and teamwork activities. These are vital skills for university and your future career

Become a global citizen. By living and studying alongside students not only from the UK, but also around the world, you will build important inter-cultural awareness skills and become a truly global citizen

Develop important life skills: including public speaking, presentations, organisation and time management

Be able to join in a range of sports, clubs and activities. You can also get involved in communitybased activities outside the school day to help you feel part of the Oxford community.

Learn about the UK and British culture. Both inside and outside the classroom you will find out about British

Studying on our IGCSE programme The IGCSE is an international qualification taken by students around the world. Students usually study between six and eight subjects at IGCSE level over one or two years. Course details: One year IGCSE programme

Course details: Two year IGCSE programme

Age: 15+ Start date: September Duration: Three terms English level: B1-B2 CEF Academic level: Academically able students looking to achieve good grades.

Age: 14+ Start date: Usually September. January or April starts are possible for five and four term options Duration: Six terms English level: A2-B1 CEF Academic level: Academically able students looking to achieve good grades.

52% grade A* and A at IGCSE in 2016

11 points of strength in our British Council inspection 24


igcse programme

international section

The benefits of studying at the International Section

IGCSE English as a Second Language

IGCSE Global Citizenship


IGCSE First Language (mother-tongue)

IGCSE Single Science (one choice from Physics, Chemistry or Biology)

PD (Personal Development) Personal Social and Health Education and Excelsis Award

igcse programme

A typical week on our IGCSE Programme

You can then choose further IGCSE subjects from the following:

Sports once a week Activities once a week (eg. debating, business enterprise, art club) Trips Social activities


An arts festival Music performances Awards ceremony Careers event ‌and more









Global Citizenship



Assembly & PD/PSHE


Global Citizenship

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Educational Trip with School (up to 4 trips per term) or relax at home/local activities with friends


In addition to classes you have:



Leisure and study time

Prepare for School

lessons and activities


programme will be busy with


A typical week on the IGCSE




We will advise you on your subject choices and let you experience lessons in them in your first few weeks to help you decide which ones are right for you.

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Registration with Form Teacher


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What will I study at IGCSE?


Study with us for one, two or three terms

Our students’ welfare is at the heart of what we do and everyone at the school will be there to help you. Every day you will attend morning registration with your Form Tutor. We use this time to:

Once a week you have a meeting with your Form Group. These will help you to:

Make sure you are happy and well Share information about what is happening in the day ahead Check everyone is up to date with homework

Adapt to studying and living in the UK Develop effective communication and listening skills Look after your health Manage your time effectively

Our Study Abroad courses last between one and three terms and enable you to benefit from living and studying in Oxford - a city well known globally as a centre of learning - and being at a leading British school. You can then stay on to study IGCSE with us or you may return home to study in your own country.

You can join these courses in September, January or April and each half-term you will study a theme within each subject area. Each theme has a problemsolving or project-based learning approach. You will be working towards producing a research report, giving a presentation you have created, leading an assembly, producing a film or creating a website blog.

Lessons are carefully designed to help students engage with their learning and make good progress by linking their studies to a context and ensuring the language is used in an active way.

We work closely with you to make sure you are studying effectively, taking part in activities and using your free time to develop your interests. We will also keep your guardian and parents informed and they are welcome to talk to us whenever they wish.

What will I study on the termly Study Abroad courses? You will follow a study programme which consists of the following:

IGCSE Results 2016

Intensive general and academic English

Extended Project Award / Excelsis Award


Modern Foreign Language (French, German)

Science (combined Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Personal, Social and Health Education

Introduction to Humanities & Social Sciences

Margareta, Slovakia

Alikhan, Kazakhstan

Rongyuan, China

Academic achievements: A* in Maths, Physics and German, A in Art & Design and B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE.

Academic achievements: A* in Maths and A in Chemistry, English as a Second Language and Russian and B in History.

Academic achievements: A* in Biology, Chemistry and Chinese, A in Further Maths, English as a Second Language, French and Global Citizenship.

Next steps: Taking Physics, History, Art and Maths A level in the Sixth Form at d'Overbroeck's.

Next steps: Taking Maths, Further Maths, Economics, History and Business in the Sixth Form at d’Overbroeck’s.


Next steps: Taking Chemistry, Biology, French, Maths and Further Maths at A level in the Sixth Form at d'Overbroeck's.

Course details Age: 14 to 17 Start dates: September, January, April Duration: One, two or three terms Boarding: Usually host family English level: A2 or above on the Common European Framework


Study Abroad Experience

igcse programme

Looking after your welfare

“Like all educationalists we aim for our students to have, as the 16th Century French philosopher Michel de Montaigne put it, well-made heads rather than full ones” Malcolm van Biervliet, founder of d’Overbroeck’s



The Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form provides a highly effective preparation for university. It helps students gain the academic confidence, study skills and qualifications they need to succeed in higher education. It is quite informal (for example, there is no uniform and teachers and students use first names) but at the same time it is purposeful with everyone working together to achieve the best they can.

Age: 16+ Location: 333 Banbury Road. A brand new purpose-built teaching site Next steps: Most students go on to university in the UK. Some go on to study abroad - for example in the US. Some go on to leading art or music schools

Studying in the Sixth Form Excellent teaching in small classes and a dynamic, highly-motivating environment in brand new facilities. go on to study at the leading universities in the UK such as The London School of Economics, University College, London and the University of Oxford. In some cases they may be going to study at leading universities in the US such as Yale and NYU.

Our new site in North Oxford provides fantastic facilities for teaching and learning in all subjects. It includes: Five science laboratories and spacious and very well equipped suites for Art, Music and Drama as well as a large library and common room space. A beautifully designed Hall providing a 180-seater auditorium for music and drama performances and other school events. The Hall will also have dining facilities for students and staff, providing healthy cooked meals every day.

Students in the Lower Sixth may have progressed from our Lower School or International Section or be one of the 100+ students who join our Sixth Form each year from other schools. It is easy to make friends on your first day as there are many others in the same position as you. Approximately half of the Sixth Form students are boarders and approximately half are girls and half are boys.

Our students are mainly from the UK but we are delighted to welcome students from all over the world. Like you, these students are ambitious and in most cases aim to

Class size: Maximum 10 Boarding: About half our students are boarders who live in our boarding houses or with carefully selected host families Nationalities: We have around 290 students in the Sixth Form. Most of our Sixth Form students are from the UK (mainly from Oxfordshire) but we are pleased to welcome students from around 30 different countries



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A levels in the Sixth Form

A level subjects at d’Overbroeck’s

A two year course leading to a national written examination. A levels are the most popular qualification taken by students in the UK before going to university. Students choose four subjects at A level. In their second year most students will drop one of these subjects and continue with the three that are their strongest ones. Universities will make offers based on your performance in these subjects. At the end of the course you will take national examinations and achieve a grade such as A*, A or B. The more

competitive the course and the university, the higher the grades you will need to gain a place. You will have approximately 20 hours of lessons a week in your academic subjects plus a substantial amount of homework and study time needed to prepare for classes.

English for Academic Purposes International students will usually take our English for Academic Purposes course alongside their

A level classes. This course will develop your academic English to support your A level studies and build important academic skills such as researching and note taking. We are one of the few schools in the UK that is in membership of the university association BALEAP and this helps us prepare students effectively for university. Over 75% of our international students completing IELTS in 2016 gained level 7.0 or above.

Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Computing, Drama, Economics, English, Film Studies, French, Further Maths, Geography, German, History, History of Art, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Music Technology, Philosophy, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Textiles. A wide choice of subjects that can be studied in any combination.



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Every student in the Sixth Form has a personal tutor (called a Director of Studies) who supports them through their time with us.


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In many cases your Director of Studies will teach you as well as being responsible for all aspects of your welfare including your studies, your overall welfare, boarding arrangements and your university application. Your Director of Studies will meet with you individually on a regular basis and go over reports with you as part of an ongoing review process. Your Director of Studies will also be the main contact point for your parents or guardians.

“Our daughter’s Director of Studies has been amazing, supporting both academic and welfare issues with so much care and compassion” Parent Feedback 2016

English for Academic Purposes

Sports & Activities


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Working with your Director of Studies

A typical week in the Sixth Form

Extending your studies: The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Alongside your studies there is a stimulating academic enrichment programme.

The Extended Project is a qualification you can choose to take in addition to your A levels.

We hold debates and discussions, run workshops on key areas such as applying to university and take you on educational visits. For example our Business students have visited the BMW factory in Oxford, our Historians have been to New York and our Art students visited Florence.

It allows you to research and produce your own project and give a presentation based on this.

You may also have talks from visiting speakers or attend lectures at the University of Oxford, which help bring your subjects to life and develop a passion for your studies. You will also have the chance to compete against other schools in Olympiads and in a whole range of arenas such as debating and enterprise. Academic enrichment opportunities also include the Extended Project Qualification.

Recent Extended Project titles have included: Can a government successfully reduce a budget deficit with popular support?

By completing an Extended Project you gain important skills, such as independent research, project management, self-directed learning and multimedia presentation techniques. It helps to show universities that you have a real interest in a particular topic which can help strengthen your university application.

How do we use and understand names when referring to certain things? How do we value human life?

Whether you choose to do an Extended Project depends on your other commitments and whether you feel you can balance this with your A level studies. We will advise you on this.

Cluster Headaches – what is the probable nature of this disease and how does it differ from the other primary headaches? Men are fools: why is so much male behaviour perceived as irrational by women?

Jim was selected this year for to represent the UK team abroad in the International Chemistry Olympiad

“I would never have achieved the grades I obtained at A level without the guidance and support of my wonderful Director of Studies and every teacher at the school”

Elena, Italy

Now studying BioChemistry at Oxford University. Elena's Extended Project was a comparison between relative efficiency and effectiveness of genetic modification.

Felicity, Past student



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More than just lessons: academic enrichment

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Preparing for university and careers

Top university destinations The top university destinations for our students from 2009 - 2016 (in order)

We are very proud of the universities our students go on to such as Imperial College and the University of Oxford. Gaining a place at a top university requires hard work, academic ability, good teaching and ultimately, good grades. It's important that you choose the right university and course and submit a strong application. Your Director of Studies will help you throughout the process.

An Alumni Day when our past students come back to Oxford to share their experiences of their courses and universities

1. UCL (University College London) 2. University of Bristol 3. LSE (London School of Economics) 4. King’s College London 5. University of Manchester 6. Queen Mary, University of London

We also have a comprehensive programme of careers and university events organized by our Careers and Higher Education Advisor to help you make the right choices.

This includes:

7. Leeds University 8. University of Birmingham

Visiting speakers from leading universities such as LSE, UCL and Warwick Trips to universities

9. University of Oxford 10. Warwick University

A Careers and Connections event: This year we welcomed nearly 70 industry professionals (including many of our students' parents) to meet and talk to students about their careers. These included many leaders in their sectors from academia, business, law, science and technology

11. Bath University 12. Imperial College London 13. University of Exeter 14. University of Nottingham

Kora, Albania Studying European, Social and Political Studies at University College, London

“The drive, of the teachers as well as the students, is fantastic. I felt constantly motivated and people were very supportive and inspiring”


15. City University 16. University of Cambridge 17. University of Sussex We also have a number of students going on to leading art, drama or music schools and some who go on to study in the US

18. Oxford Brookes University 19.

Royal Holloway, University of London


University of York


Preparing for the universities of Oxford and Cambridge

We have been successfully helping students gain entry to UK medical, dental and veterinary schools for many years.

Many of our students are working towards a place at Oxford or Cambridge or other world-class UK universities.

Our preparation includes:

Gaining places at these highly competitive universities requires thorough and careful preparation. Our specialist Oxbridge Preparation Programme is designed to do just that.

Excellent teaching to give you the best chance of achieving the top A level grades that relevant universities will expect from you

Guidance on your personal statement: this is the most important part of your university application and we will give you lots of guidance on how to write the best personal statement that you can

Preparing you for the special admissions tests: some universities will expect you to take a special on-line admissions test such as BMAT and UCAT before deciding whether to invite you to interview

Help with work experience Interview preparation

Detailed advice and support in choosing the most appropriate universities/medical schools

“The Medical programme at d’Overbroeck’s helped prepare me for interview topics that might come up but were not on my A level syllabus” Will, Past Student (Will has written a guide to getting into Medical School which we can provide you with a copy of.)

Aisha, Nigeria

We will give you plenty of practice so you are well prepared by the time you are in the real thing Advice to help you make your college choices and to make your application as strong and as thorough as possible.

As part of the programme, our Oxbridge (this means Oxford and Cambridge) candidates will receive: Additional teaching in the subject which they wish to study at university. This will be in one-to-one lessons or very small classes. The aim is to encourage you to read more widely and to develop your subject knowledge and your analytical skills beyond the requirements of a standard A level course Specific preparation for special pre-tests such as the BMAT, LNAT, TSA, PAT, MAT and others which are required (mostly by the University of Oxford) as part of the application process for certain degree subjects Thorough preparation for the interviews. Interviews at Oxford and Cambridge are more academically demanding than they are at most other universities

Milos, Serbia

Achieved A grades in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics in her first year of Sixth Form. Wants to study Medicine at university

“My classes are all lively and interesting. I enjoy Biology Club which helps with my Medical School application”


Studying Engineering Science at the University of Oxford

“d’Overbroeck’s is a small, yet very successful and friendly college, I felt like part of a big family while I was there”


sixth form

sixth form

Preparing for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science

A level Results 2016

How do I apply? If you have any questions or would like to know more about d’Overbroeck’s, please e-mail Admissions at or telephone +44 (0)1865 310000.

The application process 4. Interview: If possible we would like you to visit the school to see it for yourself but we are happy to arrange a Skype interview

1. Contact us with any initial questions

Bianca, Romania

Georgy, Russia

Tetsekela, Nigeria

Academic achievements: Grade As in all her subjects in her first year and an IELTS score of 8.5.

Academic achievements: Grade A in Chemistry, A* in Maths and Further Maths, A in Physics and A in Russian.

Academic achievements: A* grades for each of her A level subjects and A* for her EPQ.

Next steps: Upper Sixth, then university and a career in banking and finance.

Next steps: Engineering at University College London.

Next steps: Politics & International Relations at the London School of Economics.

Rendrit, Albania

Nualprang, Thailand

Yankang, China

Academic achievements: A* in Economics and A in Business, Italian and Maths.

Academic achievements: A* in Economics, A in History, A* in Maths and B in Further Maths.

Academic achievements: A* in his Maths A level, scoring 100% across all 6 papers.

Next steps: Accounting and Finance at London School of Economics.

Next steps: Further Maths, Physics and Sociology A levels next summer.

Next steps: Economics and Management at Kings College.


2. Complete an online application form:

5. Confidential reference: We will ask for a reference from your current school

3. Take our English & Maths tests: We can arrange for these to be taken at your school or with your agency if you have one

6. Final decision on an offer: We will review your application as a whole and assuming all goes well we would then offer you a place

We look forward to seeing you in Oxford soon!


After d’Overbroeck’s

How to find us Oxford is in the south of England approximately a one hour drive from London. The closest airport is Heathrow. The school is located close to the centre of Oxford.



From September 2017 International Section: The Swan Building, 111 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6JX Sixth Form: 333 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7LS

d’Overbroeck’s provides a highly effective preparation for the next stage of your life and we are very proud indeed of our students’ success in their future studies and careers.


Boarding House (Bensons House) Train Station (approx 2 miles from Sixth Form)

North Oxford tennis courts, Oxford Hawks Club ↑ ↑ Astro and Oxford University Press Sports Ground

Boarding House (376) Sixth Form (333)

We will keep in contact with you even when you have left us so we know how you are getting on and can continue to celebrate your success.

choices. We also have an Alumni Day where you can come back and tell students what their universities and degree courses will be like.

We hope you will also be willing to help others share in your experiences. Each year, for example, we have a Careers Event at which parents and past students advise existing students on degree courses and career

So if you do decide to join d’Overbroeck’s (and we hope you'll apply) you really will become part of our community and make friends for life.

Boarding House (Hayfield House)

Swimming and gym at Ferry Sports Centre

Boarding House (106) International Section (The Swan Building)

Principal from September 2017: Emma-Kate Henry, who takes over following Sami Cohen’s retirement in the summer of 2017 d’Overbroeck’s is a part of Oxford International Education Group (OIEG), 259 Greenwich High Rd, London SE10 8NB. Policies and other information: our key school policies are published on our website at All these policies, and others which are not featured on the website such as the school’s full Health & Safety policy, are available on request from the Principal’s PA, Mrs Tracy Roslyn

Oxford University Parks

( d’Overbroeck’s is an accredited member of the Independent Schools Council. As such, we are subject to regular inspection by the Independent Schools

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Inspectorate, which takes the place of Ofsted inspections for ISC members.

Oxford City Centre

Our most recent full ISI inspection took place in October 2013. This was an 'integrated' inspection, and the school was judged ‘Excellent’ in all aspects of

Oxford Brookes University Centre of Sport

Ashmolean Museum Bus Station Train Station


Sheldonian Theatre

its educational provision. The full inspection report can be found on our website: d’Overbroeck’s is in membership of the Society of Heads of Independent Schools and of the Boarding Schools Association.

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