Bloxham

School:
Bloxham
School Type:
Address:
Bloxham School, Bloxham, Oxfordshire OX15 4PE
Postcode:
OX15 4PE
Region:
Oxfordshire
Telephone:
01295 720222
Gender:
Co-ed
Pupils:
425, Upper sixth 75
Fees:
£4765-£6775 (Day), £8760 (Boarding), £6195 (Weekly)
Enquiries:
the Registrar
Description:

Founded in 1860 and given to the Woodard Corporation in 1896. It has a very agreeable setting in the village of Bloxham, between Banbury and Oxford and close to the M40. Its handsome buildings of local stone lie in 60 acres of gardens and playing fields. There is comfortable modern accommodation and facilities include a fine music school, art school, IT suites and technology centre (all pupils from Year 10 are issued with a laptop). An Anglican foundation, the chapel acts as a focus for the school but pupils of other faiths are welcomed and special arrangements can be made for them to attend their own churches. Girls have been admitted to the sixth form since the early seventies and the school became fully co-educational in 1998. A sound general education is provided and examination results are good. Drama, sport, music, technology and art are well catered for. A wide range of sports and games is available and there are numerous extra-curricular activities. Each pupil has the option of training with the CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is popular.

School Head:
Headmaster: Mark Allbrook, appointed 2002. Educated at Tonbridge and Cambridge University (classics). Previously Deputy Head at Felsted and Housemaster at Hurstpierpoint. Formerly county cricketer with Nottinghamshire CCC. Teaching staff: 40 full time, 5 part time.
Results:
GCSE: 70 pupils in fifth; 84% gain at least grade C in 8+ subjects, 10% in 5-7 subjects. A-levels: 75 in upper sixth; 47% pass in 4+ subjects, 27% in 3, 13% in 2 subjects – achieving an average final point score of 295.
Furtherhigher:
98% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (15% after a gap year). 4% took courses in medicine, law, dentistry and veterinary science, 22% in science and engineering, 61% in humanities and social sciences, 9% in art and design.
Arts:
Music: Over 30% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Several musical groups including woodwind ensembles, brass groups, guitar groups, string ensembles and vocal groups. Regular concerts. Some pupils play in youth and other orchestras outside school. Drama: Drama offered; A-level theatre studies offered. Some pupils are involved in school productions and majority in house/other productions. Considerable success with pupils directing their own plays. Art and design: On average, 28 take GCSE, 14 A-level. Design, textiles, pottery, photography also offered.
Sport:
Sport: Rugby, hockey, cricket compulsory up to third form for boys; netball, hockey for girls. Additional options (fourth form up): cross-country, fencing, squash, fives, athletics, swimming, polo, tennis, fencing, badminton, basketball, rounders, equestrian sports, clay-pigeon shooting, polo. County representatives in rugby, hockey, cross-country, badminton, athletics and netball. Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. CCF and community service optional for 4-6 years. Up to 15 clubs, eg art, electronics, chess, debating, photography, computer, science, play-reading.
Boarding:
All fifth and sixth formers have own study bedroom. 4 boys’ houses, 2 girls’ and lower school house. Weekly boarding for 11-12 year olds. Central dining room. Pupils can provide and cook snacks.
Formerpupils:
John Seargent (journalist), Tom Sharpe (novelist), Gerald Howarth (Conservative MP).