Headington School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 1081 (Girls)
  • Boarders: 193
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1915

General Information

Headington girls learn to think for themselves, developing both resilience and compassion as we foster and promote creativity and encourage them to be ambitious in their aspirations. Your daughter will leave Headington with far more than just excellent academic results or a place at one of the world’s top universities but as an intellectually curious, emotionally confident and socially responsible individual with a strong sense of self and a lifelong love of learning.


Our 20-place Nursery is based in its own block and has a stunning new playground full of adventurous equipment and with access to our woods to explore and have new adventures. The classroom is packed with high-quality, up-to-date resources, from well-stocked bookshelves and toys to iPads, interactive whiteboards and an interactive table. The Nursery makes good use of the facilities within the Prep School. Pupils are able to use the Gym, Library, Theatre, Music and Art Studio and benefit from the expertise of specialist teachers in Computing, French, Sport and Music.

In the Prep, a multimillion pound building project, completed in 2013, provided a new atrium, gym, performance space and specialist art and design technology facilities. The Prep School has its own playing fields and indoor sports amenities, along with access to an extensive range of facilities at the Senior School. .

Facilities at the Senior School include a 240-seat Theatre, a Music School which includes a recording studio and the Art School. .

For sport there are floodlit all-weather pitches and spacious playing fields, indoor 25m swimming pool and a modern Sports Hall for Badminton, Basketball, Gymnastics, Indoor Hockey, Netball and Trampolining. The School's new multi-million pound state-of-the-art Dance and Fitness Centre opened in 2015 and houses a fully equipped dance studio, fitness centre, Cardio Vascular suite, a cycle studio and rowing centre. .

In addition to CCF and D of E, extra-curricular activities range from Cheerleading , Yoga and Equestrian to Fencing, Lacrosse and Rock Climbing. .

5 boarding houses at Headington, provide accommodation for more than 200 girls aged 11-18. With around 45 different nations represented across the School, both day girls from cosmopolitan Oxford and the surrounding areas and boarders from all over the world, we celebrate and welcome the contribution made by each and every girl who joins our community. Occasional, half-weekly, weekly and full boarding are offered.

Entrance Requirements

We welcome applications at many different entry points across the Prep and Senior Schools. For details on registration and entry please view https://www.headington.org/admissions/how-to-apply


We currently offer scholarships to internal and external applicants in the following areas: Academic, Art, Dance, Drama, Music and Sport.

Open Days

2019. Early Years Foundation Stage Coffee Morning: Thurs. 23rd May, 10am - 11.30 am.

Senior School Open Mornings: Thurs. 27th June, 10am - 12.30pm and Saturday 5th October.

Prep School Open Morning: Sat. 28th September, 10am


2019/2020. All per term.

Day fees. Nursery: Please contact the school for details. Reception: £3205. Years 1-6: £3820 - £4880. Years 7-11: £6090. Years 12 and 13: Current pupils £6090, Direct entrants £6635.

Weekly Boarding. Years 7-13 £10,475. Years 12 and 13 Direct entrants: £11,545.

Full Boarding. Years 7-13: £12,210. Years 12 and 13 Direct entrants: £13,395.

Occasional boarding: £80 per night


Senior School ISI Inspection 2015
Prep School ISI Inspection 2015
ISI Boarding Inspection 2013

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mrs Caroline Jordan

Contact for enquiries: Mrs J Mullen, Director of Admissions

Headington School

[t]: General Enquiries: +44(0) 1865 759100 Senior Admissions: +44 (1865) 759861/2. Prep Admissions: +44 (1865) 759429.
[w]: www.headington.org

Location Description

Headington is conveniently located a mile from Oxford city centre, easily accessible from the A40 and just 15 minutes from Oxford Railway Station by taxi or bus. For our international visitors, we are an easy bus ride from Heathrow or Gatwick airport with airport buses arriving and departing regularly from just outside the school gates.

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School News

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U4 and L5 girls were given a flavour of the many and varied activities girls taking the IB qualification complete as part of their Creativity,

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Activity, Service strand.

Our current L6 group gave an assembly to the younger girls focusing on what they had achieved over the past year, providing ideas and inspiration for those who might consider taking the qualification in the Sixth Form.

The projects focused on included Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, producing an Economics Magazine, starting new clubs, volunteering in care homes and with various charities and travelling to Botswana to help teach at a local school, working with Botswanan children and communities.

Mrs Vanessa Sinclair, CAS co-ordinator, said: “Lots of the girls were really inspired by the sixth formers – their attitude and sense of fun about the amazing range of things that they have been doing in CAS, hopefully making the IB less scary to them.”

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On Saturday 18th May, 16 members of Headington staff donned their walking shoes to take part in the Breast Cancer Care Pink Ribbon Walk.

The group

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walked 10 miles around the stunning Blenheim Palace, to raise funds for a cause close to the hearts of the walkers.

Everyone was inspired by the story of Petri, who spoke to the walkers before they set off about her own personal journey and how the charity had supported her throughout. Headington formed a team to support Director of Sport, Mrs Naida Burton and the Prep School’s Mrs Rebecca Klico, both of whom are undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The Headington team were delighted to be seen off on their trek by Mrs Burton who came with her son to cheer us on.

Most of the 600 walkers on the day had very personal reasons for taking part, some of whom were accompanied by four legged walkers also dressed in pink T-shirts!

The walkers made their way through Combe before returning to the Blenheim estate, visiting the Victory Column and the lakes in front of the palace before returning to pass the Pleasure Gardens and finally the finish line! Some walkers were fast and some slow, however after nearly four hours, the Headington team crossed the line together, having tied their pink ribbons to the wall in honour of those who they were walking for.

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Six Headington Hockey players have played a key role in bringing the U16 Oxfordshire Hockey squad to victory.

On Sunday 3rd June, the U16 side became

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the first team from Oxfordshire to win the South Counties Hockey Championship in this age group.

The girls took their title undefeated across eight games, winning five and drawing three.

Of the 22-strong squad, six girls, Lexi, Kate, Holly, Maddie, Emma and players’ player of the season Ciara, are from Headington.

Two years ago, the side finished just one position from the bottom without securing a single win while the title is also a marked improvement on last year’s result, when the girls finished with five wins and three defeats.

Well done girls!

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