Established in 1915 Headington is one of the UK’s foremost schools. It is now known as a prestigious independent school, for girls aged 3 to 18 from prep school to sixth form. Currently, there are over 1000 pupils attending the school, many living within the five boarding houses within the grounds.
Headington School Oxford has a vibrant, international community, and not to mention strong links to Oxford and Oxford Brookes universities with lectures, workshops and visits both at Headington and at university facilities. A new Creativity & Innovation centre called ‘The Hive’ places an emphasis on cross-curricular learning and the development of the essential human skills of creativity and problem-solving.
At SBC we are proud to have delivered summer school programs at Oxford Headington School for nearly a decade.
Let’s see if you can guess who Headington’s most famous former pupil is. There’s a strong chance you know her.
She’s an icon and modern-day role model for young people all around the world.
She is a wonderful spokesperson and campaigner for gender equality.
Was made UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014.
Oh, and she is formidable with a wand and once starred as a ‘little-known’ character called Hermione Granger. You’ve guessed it, it’s Emma Watson.
So in Oxford not only can you visit several Harry Potter filmset locations, but at Headington School you can wander the same boarding school corridors once graced by one of the UK’s most celebrated film stars.
Set in a beautiful, secure location, and spread over 23 acres, Headington is just under two miles from Oxford city centre, making it close enough to conveniently visit the historic splendour of the city, and far enough to keep the busy summer crowds at bay.
If Headington’s 23 acres of facilities and playing fields weren’t enough, the school is also close to the leafy surroundings of one of Oxford’s award-winning parks, which we make the very most of as part of our exciting activities program.
At Headington School, our students will benefit from all that the wonderful city of Oxford has to offer.
At Headington there are four boarding houses, providing accommodation for more than 200 students. Boarding at Headington is fun and friendly and students benefit hugely from the facilities, support and friendships they form in the boarding houses.
Overall, accommodation at SBC Oxford Headington is as fun for students as it is safe and follows the same levels of security and welfare measures as you would expect to find at any other boarding school. Student rooms and corridors are organised so that male and female students are separated, and a curfew is in place to help ensure that our students have enough rest for the jampacked days of learning and activities ahead. Each boarding house has round the clock surveillance and we have our very own night wardens that are on hand in case they are needed.
Headington benefits from outstanding facilities and caters for a wide range of interests and talents. Whether you want to tap into your inner Emma Watson on the stage or compete against new friends in the fitness centre and sports hall, you will be able to make the most of fantastic equipment and a learning environment that is second to none.
For an overview of Headington’s facilities check out the list below:
At Headington, the rain is no excuse not to take part in your favourite sport, because it boasts a floodlit all-weather pitch that opened in 2008. Meaning there’s a place to train, compete, and take part in a variety of sports outdoors even in poor light or bad weather.
Feeling creative? Would you like to work with fashion textiles? Well at Headington the school is home to a super modern arts complex which can be found in the west wing and is accessible to all. Its facilities include:
If dancing is your passion then you will be able to express yourself at Headington, and dance to the same music that each individual pupil dances to throughout the rest of the year. The School’s new multi-million pound state-of-the-art Dance and Fitness Centre opened at the start of the Summer Term 2015. Headington benefits from dance and gym facilities to match the very best from across Europe, which have been developed over the last five years. Its facilities include:
Headington School Library is not just a silent house of books, but is a vibrant place of learning, with interactive tables for collaborative learning, and in 2017 it was presented with the great achievement of the School Library Inspiration Award.
At Summer Boarding Courses we encourage our students – whether they are just starting out at a new sport or looking to compete at a national level and go for a gold medal- to enjoy sport, since Headington offers fantastic sporting facilities where students can fulfil their sporting potential.
Headington’s modern sports facility, located next to the swimming pool, Dance and Fitness Centre and spacious playing fields, forms part of our extensive sports complex.
The Sports Hall is the place where students can take part in fun activity sessions where they can enjoy:
Another feature of Headington which is the envy of many boarding schools in the wider community is its stunning 25m swimming pool which lies within its sports complex, next to the Sports Hall and close to three of the School’s boarding houses.
As you look through the high, arched windows of the pool building, swimmers enjoy a beautiful view of the School’s leafy grounds, making it a fantastic place for a leisurely swim. As prestigious as any swimming facility in Great Britain.
With Headington’s striking, modern day Theatre with its distinct, contemporary design students can work together to put together memorable performances. It has a 240-seat auditorium, making it a perfect venue for SBC’s Time to Shine.
At Headington this summer, all students receive 15 hours of lessons per week (additional lessons are available), specially designed by our academic team for international students.
Using the site’s state of the art academic facilities the following exciting programs will be taught on campus:
Academic Discovery students will further improve their English from fun, advanced and interactive lessons across a range of subjects, and will actively engage in classroom discussions, debates, improvisation and fun topic-based activities.
The course provides a great alternative to General English. Through a content-based learning approach, Academic Discovery assists students in developing their English language skills through a range of subjects including history, geography, and creative writing. Students are challenged by its interesting and topical content, which has been designed specifically for 13 to 16-year old learners by our Academic Team. Due to the multinational and communicative environment provided, students will also be able to build on their fluency and confidence in using English.