St Clare's

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139 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7AL
Tel: 01865 552031
Fax: 01865 310002
An independent, international residential college offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma, English-language courses and IB teacher workshops

St. Clare's is a non-selective, co-educational, day and boarding, sixth-form college located in elegant north Oxford and has been offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma for over 38 years, longer than any other school or college in England. The college has a worldwide reputation for expertise in providing the IB Diploma and embraces internationalism and academic excellence as its core values.

St. Clare's achieves consistently excellent results for the IB, with students attaining the maximum grade of 45 points consecutively for the past 10 years.

Students from over 40 countries study at St. Clare's, including a significant number of British students. The atmosphere is informal and friendly, with an equal emphasis on hard work and developing personal responsibility. Each student has a Personal Tutor who oversees welfare and progress. St. Clare's has an especially wide range of subjects on offer at higher and standard level and, in addition, teaches literature in over 25 different languages, something that is not available in any other school in Oxfordshire.

The college takes a small number of transfer students each year and offers a one year Pre-IB course for those students not ready to take the full IB Diploma. New students can attend a three week IB Introduction Course in summer to prepare for the start of the diploma in September.

St. Clare’s is also authorised to run IB workshops for both new and experienced teachers in co-operation with the IBO

Entry is based on previous academic results and interview. There is a competitive scholarship and bursary programme awarded by examination, interview and group exercises.

St. Clare's campus is made up of 28 large Victorian and Edwardian houses to which purpose-built facilities have been added. These include a beautiful library with over 35,000 volumes, a dining room, a popular student café and wireless facilities in all buildings and houses. A magnificent new building was opened in 2014 housing 4 science laboratories and 3 mathematics classrooms and a new building with an art studio and music rooms will be opened in 2015.

Students live in college houses close to the central campus, under the care of residential staff. St. Clare's also welcomes students from the local area as day students.

There is an extensive programme of social, cultural and sporting activities and students are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities that Oxford provides.

Why not have a tour of the college? We are happy for you to have a taster day to see if it is the sort of sixth form experience you might consider. St Clare’s is most definitely different to any other school in Oxfordshire and rightly so. We have a different approach to studying, living and developing as a young adult.

This year, 105 students took the Diploma resulting in an average point score of 36.56 which means that our average student achieved better than three A* and a B at A level. The average worldwide point score for all schools and colleges is 30 points. 100% of our students passed this year; the pass rate worldwide is 80%. Two of our students gained 45 points, a feat achieved by only 0.2% of students around the world. This is the eleventh consecutive year that our students have attained this perfect score.

We welcome visitors at our two Open Days each year.

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