There are 27 tutor groups at Oxford High School, organised into years 7 – 13.
The Lower School
The Lower School comprises years 7 to 9 with three tutor groups in each Year
Miss Sue Berry is Head of Year 7. She is particularly concerned with ensuring that all the girls quickly learn what is expected of them and develop the skills and behaviours to flourish and succeed in the busy new environment of a Senior school. She works closely with each tutor who has the responsibility for the day to day welfare of the girls in her tutor group. The high spot of the year 7 calendar is the week long residential activity trip to Somerset in June.
Miss Julie Bramall is Head of Years 8 and 9 and is responsible for maintaining the energy and spirit of the girls as they progress up the school, as well as keeping them focused on work and study. They learn to make the first big decisions about their futures when they choose second languages at the end of Year 8 and their GCSE choices at the end of Year 9. High spots in Year 8 include the Pyjama Party and the residential trip to Hadrian’s Wall during the last week in June. In Year 9 the action packed year ends with a day of problem solving activities, designed to test leadership and communication skills.
The Upper School
The Upper School is made up of Years 10 and 11
There are three tutor groups in Year 11 and four in Year 10. The Head of Years 10 and 11 (Ms Mari Girling) co-ordinates the activities of the tutors. She works closely with the girls, their subject teachers and their tutors to help them achieve balance, progress, success and fun. Year 10 sees the start of the GCSE courses, but girls should not usually notice a significant change in pace from their work in the Lower School. Near the start of the year we offer a study skills and team building activities day which is greatly enjoyed by students. There is an induction programme for girls joining Year 10 from other schools. Year 11 meanwhile have a trip to London to visit the theatre and see the sights as a treat after the rigours of their mock GCSE examinations in the spring. Both Year 10 and 11 have end of year examinations in the summer.
Some highlights of the year include a Model United Nations event for Year 10 as part of Citizenship, and the Work Experience programme in Year 11. Girls in the upper school enthusiastically take advantage of a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including Upper School Drama, Senior Orchestra, CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Most of our students transfer to our Sixth Form and considerable preparation for A-level choices is done in Year 11. Thoughts of exams and study are temporarily put aside by Year 11 during the Sixth Form Induction Day in late June, which gives them the chance to enjoy thinking about the opportunities ahead as well as taking part in some light-hearted team building activities.
The Sixth Form
There are five tutor groups in each of Years 12 and 13, which comprise the Sixth Form. Miss Rachael Pallas-Brown, Head of Sixth Form works with subject teachers and tutors to enable students to make the best of the opportunities that the senior part of the school has to offer. Girls contribute an incalculable amount by acting as form assistants to younger years, captaining sports’ teams and leading orchestral groups and ensembles. As Prefects and Heads of House, Sixth Formers promote whole school activities to the benefit of all. The energy, originality and intelligence they bring to every activity are the factors that make Oxford High School the unique institution of which we are all proud to be a part.
In celebration of the upcoming Jubilee festivities, we held our very own lunch party! The Dining Hall was transformed into a vision of red, white and blue and we were treated to good old English favourites.
Y8 Pyjama Party
The Year 8s welcome March in with a social! Most of the year group reappeared in school in the evening dressed in their PJs for an party of games, popcorn and a film. The evening’s theme was “Weddings” with a few of the girls dressing up suitably (one even made her own dress!) and the film was “Bride Wars”. First we had our own bride war – the groups had to design and create wedding dresses made entirely of newspaper (and reams of sticky tape!). We were very impressed by the girls’ ingenuity and flair. A wonderful evening was had by all. We are very grateful to the Y12s and teachers who made the event possible.
Year 10 Enrichment Events
On Thursday 15th September, Year 10 had an enrichment day for “One Day Film School.” This was a joint pastoral/ English initiative, paid for by the Annual Fund. The Year 10 students thoroughly enjoyed the day, from learning to fight each other in the morning (it didn’t hurt- honest!) via the history of film, to creating their own short action movies.
More recently, on Tuesday 27th September, Year 10 had a morning of Study Skills from OHS staff, covering active learning, visual learning, learning from experience and learning from the font of all knowledge: our Sixth Form Students! Many thanks to all staff involved, and thanks in particular to the Sixth Form students who ran sessions (Emma Alexander 13G, Holly Barne 13O, Nell Boxall 13O, Megan Cable 12G, Elinor Garnett 13H, Amanda Hollows 13S, Molly Rhodes 12S and Molly Warne 12H) and the Year 12 form assistants for our section. The afternoon was a festival of team-building, while basking in the sunshine and eating ice-cream at the University Parks. Ask the Year 10 girls why they needed some balloons, a stick, a blindfold, pens, a fresh egg and an acorn! Thanks to all Year 10 students for their enthusiasm.
Dr Sarah Squire
Mamma Mia! Year 11 post-mock trip
Before the bells started ringing again in earnest for Year 11 after their three weeks of mocks, they enjoyed a day out in London.
The sun was shining, the traffic was flowing, and there were two clear hours of shopping time in Covent Garden in which to clear the racks at H&M. 3pm lunch (tea? supper?) at Maxwells followed by a short walk to Piccadilly, and we were in the land of rhinestones and lycra for a feast of Abba (though we did not choose the trip just for Mr Packard’s benefit) and fairy-tale feminist love story that ended with us dancing in the aisles. Staff and students had a great time.
Ms Girling & Dr Squire
“Just one look and I can hear a bell ring!
One more look and I forget everything! O- o-o-oh