Welcome to our Virtual Open Day
Our Virtual Open Day offers you the chance to learn about the IB Diploma, Pre-IB and Middle School Programme study experience at St Clare’s, Oxford. Our Virtual Open Day includes a tour so you can learn more about student life and really appreciate the fantastic learning environment that exists here. On the tour you will see our facilities and visit our residential accommodation.
Middle School Programme
Our middle-years programme is blending the best of the IB-Middle Years Programme and UK the education system.
IB-style learning is embedded through four certificated MYP courses in the Humanities, Arts, Languages and the Personal Project. Students also undertake inter-disciplinary work in both years.
Students prepare for IGCSEs in English, Maths, Sciences (five in total)
Meet Andy Rattue, Principal
“I am delighted that you are interested in St Clare’s, Oxford. We have been teaching the IB for over 40 years and are the oldest IB World School in England.
One of the many things that makes us unique is our diversity. You will be living in an international community with students from over 40 different countries, who approach issues from different and equally valid perspectives. Our alumni are much sought after by a wide range of top universities because of their global perspective and their ability to reflect on their own learning. Explore our remarkable college.”
Geography and Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)
History and Global Politics
Economics and Business & Management
Sport, Exercise and Health Science
Language and Literature
Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)
Theory of Knowledge
Geography and Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)Geography and ESS embodies global and international awareness in several distinct ways. Stephen Marshall, Head of Geography and ESS explains how It examines key global issues, such as poverty, sustainability and climate change. It considers examples and detailed case studies at a variety of scales, from local to regional, national and international.
History and Global PoliticsAndrew Young, our Head of Humanities, discusses the opportunities for students studying the fields of Global Politics and History. The global politics course explores fundamental political concepts such as power, equality, sustainability, and peace in a range of contexts and at a variety of levels, looking at the themes of: - Power, sovereignty and international relations - Human rights - Development - Peace and conflict. Whilst the study of History develops an understanding of the past, which leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of humans and of the world today.
Economics and Business & ManagementMark Watts, our Head of Humanities, tells us more about both the Economics course and the Business and Management course at St Clare's. The business management course is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of business management theories, as well as their ability to apply a range of tools and techniques. Whilst the Economics course is an exciting, dynamic subject that allows students to develop an understanding of the complexities and interdependence of economic activities in a rapidly changing world.
PhysicsDenise Saunderson, Head of Physics, tells us how Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies.
BiologySarah Jinks, our Head of Biology, describes how our biologists investigate the living world using many different approaches and techniques. Students can design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyse results, collaborate with peers and evaluate their findings. Lots of practical work and techniques included.
ChemistryOur Head of Science, Matthew Dolan, explains the content of our Chemistry course including all the practical work available to students in our fantastic labs which are supported by our technicians. With a focus on experimental science, students combine academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. Students have opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyse results, collaborate with peers and evaluate their findings. Come and explore our fantastic laboratories!
PsychologyChristos Halkiopoulos, our Head of Psychology, explains the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour. Discover the vibrant field of modern psychology that incorporates the sciences and humanities in an amazing way!
Sport, Exercise and Health ScienceEmily Woodeson, Assistant Principal, Pastoral, explains how Sport, Exercise and Health Science lies within the sciences and incorporates the disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition. This subject works well with psychology and biology and has masses of practical applications to enable you to fully understand how you function, not only as a sports person but as a human being. This is a pure science, so whilst being an athlete is an advantage due to your natural interest, there is no practical component in relation to sports skill.
MathematicsOur Head of Maths, David Harris, discusses our four IB Mathematics pathways. He discusses Analysis and Approaches’ and ‘Applications and Interpretation’. All the mathematics courses serve to accommodate the range of needs, interests and abilities of students, and to fulfill the requirements of various university and career aspirations. We will help you discover the right mathematics pathway for you!
Language AcquisitionJing Fan describes the main emphasis of the modern language courses which is on the acquisition and use of language in a range of contexts and for different purposes while, at the same time, promoting an understanding of another culture through the study of its language.
Language and LiteratureDr David Zakarian talks through the options in language and literature. Students take their studies in a language in which they are academically competent and the courses offer a broad range of texts to explore and appreciate.
MusicOur Head of Music, Roy Raby, explains how students’ develop as potential musicians, both personally and collaboratively. Involving composition, performance and the critical analysis of music, the course exposes students to forms, styles and functions of music from a wide range of historical and socio-cultural contexts. Students create, participate in, and reflect upon music from their own background and those of others.
EnglishCormack Kirby, our Head of English, explains English A and English B. If English is not your first language, you will study English B and the syllabus is organized into five prescribed themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization and sharing the planet.
ArtOur Head of Art, John Rolfe, explains how art is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. Art encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. You can also combine Art with other things; so if you are good at maths or physics, combining it with Art opens up opportunities in architecture, engineering, industrial design and all sorts of other areas. Come and have a look at our fantastic facilities!
TheatreTwo of our students discuss the benefits of studying Theatre on the IB. It gives students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers and results in the development of both theatre and life skills; the building of confidence, creativity and working collaboratively.
Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is an integral part of the Pre-IB course, Middle School Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Kevin Hennessy, our Head of Activities, explains how it provides an excellent framework to stimulate personal growth and develop the whole person through new experiences.
Theory of KnowledgeWhat is Theory of Knowledge? Vicky Bullard explains the principles of Theory of Knowledge which is core to the IB Diploma. This subject enables students to reflect on how do we know what we know?
You could join the cohort of successful applicants who have already been awarded one of our prestigious academic scholarships We offer IB Diploma scholarships to students who contribute to our thriving learning community, academically and through experiences, achievements and interest.
If you are looking ahead to September 2022 entry, the IB Day Scholarships deadline is 22 October 2021 and the IB Boarding Scholarships deadline is 28 January 2022.
Outstanding IB Diploma exam results
The 2020 IB Diploma results were impressive across all ability levels with a 100% pass rate. Also, 95% of our students scored above the IB world average and 51% scored 38 points or more, equivalent to A*, A, A. Our excellent set of IB results reflects the quality of our teaching and the outstanding work of our students. Find out more.
We are delighted to show you around our study environment which includes classrooms, study spaces and science laboratories. It also highlights our well-equipped art studio and the breadth of resources available in our library. We take you into our lessons so you can meet both teachers and students, and experience a typical lesson taking place. We are also pleased to show you around areas that characterise student life. Our tour covers the living environment like accommodation, catering areas, social spaces and our Sugar House café. The tour is guided by Chris Osbourn, Admissions Registrar from our IB World School. Welcome to the college tour.
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