Headington School, Oxford

Type of school: Girls Senior school with a junior department or a prep school

Nearest international airport: Heathrow (70km)

Age Range: 3-18

Number of pupils: 1082

Number of boarders: 205

Fees per term: Boarding: £8,745-£11,315
Day: £5,300–£5,795


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Within walking distance of central Oxford and easily accessed from the M40, A34 and major international airports, Headington School occupies a secluded site amongst 23 acres of green space and sports fields. The Prep School, a rambling Victorian villa set back from the road with its own playing fields and woodlands, is a stone’s throw away.

Flexibility and choice

Despite its well-earned position in the academic ‘first division’ and an impressive percentage of successful Oxbridge candidates, the School’s real strength lies in its commitment to understanding and catering for the needs of each individual pupil. From its flexible boarding options for girls aged nine and upwards – full, weekly and half-weekly boarding are all on offer – to its individualistic approach to sixth-form study, with more than 30 A Level subjects as well as the International Baccalaureate to choose from, Headington School is a place where each girl is encouraged to develop her own skills and interests. Over 100 extracurricular activities take place each week, from photography to Combined Cadet Force, ballroom dancing to robotics and from debating to zumba. Headington offers every girl the opportunity to discover her own strengths and the support to develop them to the best of her ability.

Breadth of opportunity

Around 70 girls play sports at county level and beyond, with several county champion sides amongst Headington’s sports teams. The fencing and equestrian teams compete successfully at national level and Headington champion rowers represent Great Britain at the highest international level. Budding entrepreneurs compete in the School’s Young Enterprise scheme; others tackle a range of fundraising projects both in tHeadington rowing at Henley Womens Regattahe UK and in Botswana and Ethiopia. Musicians and actresses have ample opportunity to demonstrate and hone their talents with a wide range of ensembles, concerts and dramatic productions put on each year, whilst creativity thrives among the young artists in the School’s purpose-built Art School. Whatever your daughter’s strengths and interests, Headington School will provide the environment, support and encouragement that she needs to succeed.

Quality facilities

 The School’s ambitious ongoing development programme continues to deliver a range of top-class facilities, with a new dance and fitness centre opened in April 2015, including a fully equipped gym, training rooms and a large dance studio equipped with a Harlequin dance floor. In 2016, the School opened its new state of the art library, complete with sonic chairs and interactive tables for group working. At the Prep School an ambitious multi-million pound project was recently completed which has enhanced existing facilities and created new work areas. There is a new performance space, specialist art and design technology facilities and expanded music facilities as well as a large atrium which has become the focal point of the School. The School’s fantastic facilities also include the Diamond Building, home to 13 classrooms with ICT facilities for each subject and a state-of-the-art Music School which includes teaching rooms and rehearsal spaces, complete with recording and electronics studios. The 260-seat professional theatre is home to the drama department deleted section here and the Art School wHeadington School 20160202 294ith mezzanine display area completes the arts complex. The School also has an airy glass-faced dining hall where girls can choose from a wide variety of hot and cold food each day, whilst new science labs and refurbished boarding houses are testimony to the School’s commitment to providing the best opportunities for all Headington pupils.


Headington holds termly open days for the Prep School and Senior School, as well as a Sixth Form Options evening in October. Prospective pupils and their parents are welcome to visit the School by appointment at any time. Academic scholarships are awarded at 11+, 13+ and Sixth Form, and scholarships are available for girls showing exceptional ability or talent in art, dance, music, sport or drama. All scholarships carry a fixed value. Means-tested bursaries of up to 100% of fees are also available, providing access for gifted girls who may otherwise have been unable to benefit from a Headington education.

‘The Headington message that girls can achieve anything they want to – it’s not even a question that your gender can hold you back in any way – is really inspiring and has given me so much more confidence’ Sixth Form pupil