A Fizzing Community with Academic Excellence
Underlying everything at Teddies is our mission to prepare our pupils for the rest of their lives by encouraging their passions and talents, enabling them to discover new ones and supporting them to achieve their own potential. Our community fizzes with diverse interests and enthusiasms, while our academic excellence means 90% of our top pupils gain the highest grades in their Sixth Form exams and take up places at the world’s best universities – a record which exceeds the outcomes of many highly selective schools. We are one of a few schools to offer both IB and A Level alongside each other at Sixth Form, and in our Middle School Program we have introduced new courses to stretch our candidates at GCSE level, responding directly to the very latest research into how young people learn.
Down to Earth, Co-educational and Inclusive.
Teddies is a fully co-educational boarding and day school, with a wide range of pupils from around the country and 15% joining us from 40 different countries outside the UK. We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. Being co-ed is important to us. Not only does it represent life beyond the school gates, but we feel it contributes to the inclusive and friendly community that brings our pupils, parents, Governors, staff, and the local community together. We reinforce this by enabling pupils to volunteer regularly in the community of north Oxford.
We are very lucky to occupy such a large space in the north of the city of Oxford, where our extensive sports grounds and facilities surround an attractive Victorian red brick quad. This year we have opened a new development – The Christie Centre – which has been designed specifically for the many ways in which we encourage our pupils to learn. This landmark new study centre brings pupils together in the modern Oxley Library, the elegant and inspiring top-floor Roe Reading Room, flexible learning spaces and a café, designed to facilitate large or small groups, in quiet study or robust discussion. The development also includes the Olivier Hall, with a capacity of 1,000, where the School is able to come together for concerts, performances and countless other events.
An Independent Arts Centre on School Grounds, and a Thriving Music School.
The North Wall Arts Centre is owned and run by Teddies, and sits on school grounds, but runs its own programme of public theatre and exhibitions. It’s a nexus of creativity, and our pupils are able to perform at the centre and be inspired by the varied programme of visiting shows. Parents and pupils are able enjoy the space together. Music plays a huge part in Teddies life and centres on the Ogston Music School, with its practice rooms, large recital room, and recording studio. Our two Chapel Choirs, Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band are encouraged alongside more alternative rock and jazz outfits.
We are one of very few boarding schools in the country to sit in a city. Oxford is both beautiful and lively, offering the best of culture and creativity in the arts and music scene. It is of course host to one of the most prestigious universities in the world – an ever inspiring neighbour. Our pupils love the nearby suburb of Summertown, where they can pop to the shops, or grab a hot chocolate in one of the many cafés. The city offers a sense of freedom and potential that grows as they do.
- Senior School, Sixth Form
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