On 12th October 2023: Oxford High School were named ‘Independent Girls’ School of the Year’ at the 2023 Independent Schools of the Year Awards, run by the Telegraph Media Group.
The awards were established to highlight the excellence of the student experience that the UK’s independent schools provide. Oxford High School proved no exception, with an entry showcasing the way in which the school takes efforts to ensure that “every student is inspired to break through their own perceived limits and thrive at all levels; to have the spirit and courage to say yes to opportunities, to fail with grace and rise with tenacity”.
A highlight was the enhanced entrepreneurial and enterprise opportunities available to students at every age of the senior school, culminating in a group of Year 12 students securing a place in the Conrad Challenge Finals in Houston, Texas and the school’s UK Young Enterprise team reaching the Regional finals – while tracking sales in 20 countries.
The school encourages girls to see themselves reflected in the role models they learn about and provides the opportunity to envisage a future for themselves, solving real-world problems with their curiosity.
“This is fantastic recognition of the quality of the education we provide and consistency of pastoral support, throughout the school” — Marina Gardiner Legge, Head of Oxford High School GDST.
Marina Gardiner Legge, Head of Oxford High School GDST and President of the Girls’ School Association said, “This is fantastic recognition of the quality of the education we provide and consistency of pastoral support, throughout the school. I’m absolutely thrilled for everyone in the Oxford High School community and of course our amazing pupils, whose voices guide us every day.”
The Independent Schools of the Year Awards
The awards were hosted by Dr Helen Wright, Chair of the independent panel of judges who selected the winners from more than 700 nominations and guests and leading figures from across the sector enjoyed the celebrations of this the fifth year of the awards.
About Oxford High School and the Girls’ Day School Trust
Oxford High School is Oxford’s oldest girls’ school, forms part of the Girls’ Day School School Trust (GDST) and is an independent school for approximately 833 girls between the ages of 4 and 18.
The GDST is the leading network of independent girls’ schools in the UK, with nearly 4,000 staff, and 20,000 students between the ages of two and 18. A charity that owns and runs a network of 23 independent schools and two academies in England and Wales, it reinvests all its income in its schools.Learn more about the GDST