Magdalen College School

Magdalen College School, Oxford OX4 1DZ
01865 242191
Boys – mixed 6th
838, Upper sixth 130
The Registrar

Founded in 1480 by William Waynflete as part of Magdalen College, it is located on a historic site in the heart of Oxford. Founded as a boys’ school, girls have been part of the sixth form since 2010; pupils also include 16 Magdalen College choristers. Recent improvements include a new teaching block, an up-to-date ICT centre and a sports complex with squash courts, sports hall and floodlit tennis courts. The school provides excellent pastoral care and there is a commitment to help pupils succeed both within and outside of the classroom. Teaching is very good and academic results are correspondingly very high. Music, art and drama are all strong. Sports are taken seriously and standards are high with county champions in rugby and hockey, as well as national champions in sailing in recent years. Teams also regularly progress to regional stages of national competitions. A large number of extra-curricular activities are offered, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. All pupils are involved in either the CCF or community service for two years.

Master: Dr Tim Hands, in post from 2008. Educated at Emanuel School, King’s College London and Oxford University. Previously Headmaster at Portsmouth Grammar School, Second Master at Whitgift and Housemaster at King’s School, Canterbury. Has published several books on Thomas Hardy, religion, philosophy and culture. Teaching staff: 75 full time, 8 part time.
GCSE: 94 pupils in fifth form, all gaining at least grade B in 10 subjects (including English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern language). A-levels: 130 in upper sixth, passing an average of 3.6 subjects with a final point score of 507.
100% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (38% to Oxbridge in 2011). 11% took courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 28% in science and engineering, 58% in humanities and social sciences.
Rugby, cricket and hockey are major sports; 15+ further options including athletics, badminton, rowing, judo, squash, climbing. National sailing champions recently; regional hockey finalists (various ages). county rugby champions (U14) and cricket champions (U12, U14). All pupils in either CCF or community service for 2 years . Over 60 clubs, including Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, archaeology, bridge, Christian Union, computing, general knowledge, natural history, politics, debating, stage, history, outdoor pursuits.
Old Waynfletes, run by the Development Office at the school
William Tyndale (translator of New Testament); St Thomas More; Noel Chavasse (sole winner of two VCs in Great War); Ivor Novello (composer, singer and actor); Sir Basil Blackwell (publisher); John Caird and Sam Mendes (theatre and film directors/producers); Nigel Starmer-Smith and Jim Rosenthal (sports commentators); Sir Tim Hunt (Nobel prize for medicine).