Founded in 1847 by the Rev William Sewell, Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, to provide a public school education on the principles of the Church of England. Its agreeable and well-equipped buildings lie in a beautiful 800-acre estate, close to Abingdon and Oxford. It is a very successful boarding school for boys and has first-class facilities of all kinds, including two new boarding houses, a 450-seat theatre and a fine design centre. It retains strong links with Oxford and the Church of England. The chapel and religious education are an important part of the college’s life. A large and well-qualified staff permits a staff:pupil ratio of about 1:8. Academic standards are high and examination results excellent. A high proportion of leavers goes on to Oxbridge each year. The music department is very strong and there is extensive activity in drama. Sports facilities are exceptionally good and the college is well known for its achievements in rugby, cricket, hockey and rowing (there are boathouses on the Thames, a mile away). There is also a golf course and the college runs its own beagle pack. Numerous clubs and societies cater for virtually every extra-curricular need, there is a large CCF contingent and considerable emphasis on outdoor pursuits. There is an impressive record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; community service is central to the Radleian’s education.