Rye St Antony School
Oxford OX3 0BY
Tel: 01865 762802 Fax: 01865 763611
• GIRLS, 3–18 Day, 8–18 Boarding (full & weekly), Boys 3–8 only
• Pupils 400, Upper sixth 30
• Termly fees £2210–£2885 (Day), £4155–£4900 (Boarding), £3865–£4615 (Weekly)
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1930, the school moved in 1939 to its present site on Headington
Hill, a mile or so from the city centre. There is a steady building programme
and good modern facilities of all kinds. Modern buildings harmonise with
Victorian houses in 12 acres of grounds with beautiful gardens. Christian
principles are fundamental to the life and work of the school. It is the only
girls’ Roman Catholic independent school which is a lay foundation. There is
considerable emphasis on personal attention and tuition and examination results
are good. Music is strong; half the girls learn one or more instruments. Art is
very strong throughout the school; a range of options is available in design,
textiles and ceramics. Drama is enthusiastically supported with outstanding
results. Good sports facilities and a wide range of sport is available; high
standards are attained with regular representation at city, county and regional
level. Many girls are involved in local community service. The school has an
outstanding record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Extensive use is made of
Oxford’s cultural amenities.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 400 pupils, 310 day (25 boys, 285
girls), 90 boarding girls. Senior department 11–18, 300 girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 5, 7, 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance used at
11, own exam for other years. For sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C
(grade B in sixth-form subjects). No special skills required. State school
entry, 35% main intake.
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 6 pa scholarships, value £500–£1000:
5 academic, 1 all-rounder (3 at 11, 3 at 16). 1–2 bursaries, based on financial
need. Parents not expected to buy textbooks. Average extras £100 a term.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Alison Jones, in post from 1990. Educated at
Northampton School for Girls and York University (English).
Teaching staff: 42 full time, 17 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 40 pupils in Year 11: 94% gained at least grade C in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 56 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 30 in upper sixth: 95% passed in 3+ subjects; 5% in 2 subjects.
Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 350.
University & college entrance 100% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (10% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 5% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 25% in science & engineering, 35% in
humanities & social sciences, 10% in art & design, 20% in vocational subjects eg
therapeutic radiography and midwifery, 3% in music. Others go on to eg art
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels take. 28 GCSE subjects, 20
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4–5 subjects at AS-level, 3–4 at
A-level; general studies taught but not examined. 20% take science A-levels; 40%
arts/humanities; 40% both. Separate key skills course.
Languages: French (from age 7) and Spanish to GCSE and A-level. Also
Italian, German and Russian according to demand.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (3 lessons/week) and across the
curriculum. Most pupils take GCSE. 90 computers for pupil use (14 hours a day),
all networked and with email and internet access; network includes boarding
Music: Most pupils learn one or more musical instruments; instrumental
exams taken. Musical groups include orchestra, ensembles and choirs. Some
members of Oxford Girls’ Choir, the Oxford Youth Chamber Choir, Oxford Schools’
Symphony Orchestra, Oxfordshire Youth Orchestra and the Thames Vale Orchestra.
Drama & debating: One major production annually, plus smaller
presentations; most pupils involved. Theatre visits most weeks (Oxford
Playhouse, Stratford or London). Strong tradition of debating and public
speaking; regular successes in city, county and regional competitions.
Art: On average, 40% take GCSE, 15% A-level. Termly art exhibitions,
including work by staff, pupils and local artists. Weekly art and pottery club.
Sport & activities
Sport: Athletics, badminton, fencing, fitness training, gymnastics,
football, hockey, netball, rounders, squash, swimming, table-tennis, tennis,
touch rugby. Regular city, county and regional representatives in tennis, hockey
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Various weekly activities including music, drama and sports clubs (eg
ballet, judo and fencing), Young Enterprise.
Uniform: School uniform worn, except in the sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses for sport, music, drama. Head girl
and prefects, elected by the school.
Religion: All girls attend school Masses and morning assembly.
Social: Debates and social events with various local schools. Organised
trips abroad, including study visits, skiing holidays and sports tours.
Discipline The aim is to teach the girls to recognise their
responsibilities as members of a community.
Boarding Sixth form have own study bedrooms in separate house. Others
in 2–5 bedded rooms. Houses of 25–50. SRN cover 24 hours; doctor visits. 2
weekend exeats each term. Visits to the local town allowed, arrangements depend
Alumni association is run by the Headmistress.