For new members of the University and their partners and families
Oxfordshire has some of the most highly-regarded state schools in the UK. Local independent schools have an international reputation that draw pupils from around the world. These pages provide information on schools and pre-school childcare in the UK, with links to local authorities and education providers.
Children must attend full-time schooling from the age of five. They usually attend the school nearest to their home, as priority is given to children who live within a school's catchment area (a defined area around the school, see individual school admissions policies for details).
The school stages are:
Children must receive some form of education or training for at least 20 hours a week until their 18th birthday. Choices include work-based learning, apprenticeships, part-time education, training or volunteering.
The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills ('Ofsted') is the UK regulator for schools and other childcare providers. Ofsted carries out regular inspections of schools, nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. You can view the most recent Ofsted reports, searchable by provider name or by location.