Has anyone's DD gone to Oxford High in Year 9?(18 Posts)
OHS gets very good grades, but it is very selective, so that's no surprise. Visit Headington and take a look, they get similar results with a much broader ability intake. Facilities are top notch too.
Do a search on here about OHS and you'll find the views of others regarding pressure and the like.
FWIW a) I would take comments about pressure with a pinch of salt - if your dd is already at an academic school she will cope fine. b) I attended a school very similar in ethos to OHS, a long time ago admittedly, but a lot of girls entered in y9 and fitted in very quickly. I think everybody was pleased at the new blood. I do know girls currently at OHS and they're very happy
I don't think many join in year 9, quite tough to integrate. Headington has more joiners at that stage. Facilities are great and value added impressive. I was also disappointed OHS girls only did double science at gcse. A deal breaker for us and my DD.
Are you just looking at private schools? If not, then you're presumably also near Cherwell? Not sure how many places are likely to become available in Year 9, but there's an open evening next Thurs if you're interested.
Glitter the issue is that Double science at gcse to three science A levels would be a huge jump. The sixth form is not that large I believe so maybe not so many choose science As so not an issue. Not sure. But these are able girls and I wasn't convinced by the science teachers reasoning re double award. Choosing a school for year 9 I would definitely choose for sixth form too. Years 9 To 11 have literally zoomed by...also nice not to have the whole settling in thing again in sixth form. Good luck! Ps SHSK has a new head coming in 2015.
glitter in Y9, Headington increases the number of forms from 4 to 6, so there is a fair number joining the school at that stage. Form sizes are around 20-22ish. When visiting OHS, I was told 30 and "Our girls can handle it".
By triple science, do you mean individual subjects? If so, then yes, all girls start off studying them as separate GCSEs - it's not an option.
Happened to be at SHSK open day yesterday having wandered up from Abingdon's. The incoming head at SHSK gave a very good talk, but I was very impressed by the girls there in terms of attitude, helpfulness etc. Their new science centre was very impressive indeed and my daughter was enthralled by some girls in white coats making potions and slime. Anyway, their results are if anything better than OH now, and in particular they have a regular 13+ entry point (so a good number of new girls coming in to help on the clique thing). The musical performances were brilliant and we saw two groups of girls having some serious fun in drama and musical theatre. A network of buses shared with Abingdon provide transport form all over including Oxford, so is a serious alternative to OH. Friends with DDs who have moved there are very happy. I must say I was taken aback by the feel of the place - there was an amazing sense of the girls really having fun at the same time as doing some serious study. I know one can get carried away by Open Day glitz, but this school seriously impressed. I have not had a look at OH yet but know folks who are very happy with it, apart from the utter hell of getting into Oxford. If you lived really near it would be a different matter.
Can't make it Friday - our research is for a couple years ahead so we are doing it bit by bit. As for the bus thing: Well, our son has just started at Abingdon and has one of the longer commutes. We were worried at first but a slight move forward of bedtime has controlled the fatigue problem. We do not take him to school but to a convenient bus point that is on the way to work. A phone takes care of deviations, and the buses are flexible enough that you can go on a different route one day a week if there is something to get to. As for disengagement, well, I have just told myself that it is my job to get him/us to events. Right now I am lucky to have a job that makes this possible. It's an issue. I need to find out how OH transport works - SHSK/Abingdon have it really well sorted.
I'm a bit late commenting on this, but thought I'd share some of my views on OHS, which my DD attends; I couldn't rate the school more highly. Apparently Year 9 is becoming a bigger point of entry - there's an extra class in Year 9 this year - and they're reducing class sizes (to about 21 in Year 9 - much the same as Headington). I initially shared your concern about the fact that they only do double science at GCSE, but DD says that they supplement this with extension work which ensures that the girls are able to get brilliant results at GCSE and are completely ready for A level by the end of Year 11. As glitterflitter says the number of girls who continue with Science in the sixth-form and go on to study Science/Medicine at university is also really impressive.
DD's just left OHS (to go to uni to study science). One of her best friends joined in year 9 and a couple of others at the start of sixth form. A bigger clique issue was a few groups who had been together since the start of the OHS nursery - but nobody needs to be friends with everyone.
DD did double science GCSE but it was a non issue - plenty of girls in her year have gone on to do medicine and she didn't have any issues with the step up to A level. I thought she said the next year were doing triple, though? Maybe they've found double + extension works better for them and have gone back.
And I couldn't speak more highly of their support for someone who's good at a non-school sport - one which isn't at all trendy. DD missed multiple weeks over the years to compete internationally and they always made it work. (OxfordMum probably now knows exactly who I am )
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