Tudor Hall School,都铎堂中学，都铎堂学校
Wykham Park, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 9UR
Tel: 01295 263434 Fax: 01295 253264
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day & Boarding
• Pupils 275, Upper sixth 36
• Termly fees £3942 (Day), £6117 (Boarding)
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
WHAT IT’S LIKE
Founded in 1850 the school moved several times before settling at Wykham Park.
It is housed in a 17th-century manor house, and also in a fine 18th-century
house next door, set in beautiful gardens and parkland. Boarding accommodation
and general facilities are excellent. Attention is given to religious education
in the Anglican tradition; there is Sunday worship in a local parish church or
the small school chapel and Roman Catholic girls attend mass. A large and
well-qualified staff permits a favourable staff:pupil ratio of about 1:9.
Academic standards are high and examination results very good. There is much
emphasis on music, with excellent facilities and an orchestra, choir and smaller
musical groups. Facilities for sports and games are first class, and include
squash courts, sports hall, astroturf for hockey in winter, tennis in summer,
gym and a swimming pool. Polo and riding are available, as well as the standard
range of sports and games. There is an impressive range of clubs and societies,
including a Young Enterprise company. Public speaking is strong. The Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is popular and quite a few girls are involved in local
social and community services. There are many creative activities, eg art,
dance, CDT, cookery and drama.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18, 275 girls (45 day, 230 full boarding).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 12 and 13. Common Entrance exam used. Few
sixth-form places available but 5 GCSEs required (at least grade B in sixth-form
subjects). State school entry very small. Entry from a wide range of schools
Scholarships & bursaries Scholarships at 11, 12, 13; most academic,
also 1 music, 1 art. Music bursaries for grade 5 instrumentalists.
Head & staff
Headmistress: Miss Wendy Griffiths, in post from 2004. Educated at Queen
Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Carmarthen, and University of Wales (zoology and
PGCE). Previously Director of Studies at St Catherine’s, Bramley, Head of Sixth
Form at Tormead and taught at Wispers School.
Teaching staff: 34 full time, 8 part time.
GCSE: 44 pupils in upper fifth, who gain at least grade C in an average
9.8 subjects, with a GCSE score of 67 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 36 in upper sixth, who passed an average of 3 subjects with a
final point scored of 349.
University & college entrance 98% of sixth-form leavers go on to a
degree course (60% after a gap year), 6% to Oxbridge. 8% took courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 15% in science & engineering, 63% in
humanities & social sciences, 8% in art & design, 10% in other vocational
subjects eg education, hospitality management, agriculture, physiotherapy,
architecture. Others typically go on to art courses.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and
A-levels: 21 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, contemporary affairs taught to all. 20% take science A-levels; 55%
arts/humanities; 25% combinations. Key skills integrated into curriculum.
Vocational: All pupils do work experience after GCSE.
Special provision: Some provision for dyslexia available.
Languages: French, German, Latin and Spanish offered to GCSE and A-level;
also GCSE Russian and beginners’ Italian, classical Greek, in sixth form;
private tuition available in Japanese. Reciprocal arrangements with French and
German schools. Visit to Spain (language and geography).
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week) and across the
curriculum (eg musical composition, scientific datalogging and design; girls
contribute news items and photographs to school intranet). Most pupils take
Pitman’s wordprocessing, GCSE IT for business. Computers, with internet access,
in 2 computer rooms, library, science and other departments.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Musical groups include orchestra, choir, ceilidh and big bands,
wind band, string groups, etc.
Drama & dance: Both offered. A-level theatre studies, GCSE dance and
Guildhall drama exams may be taken. Majority of pupils are involved in school
and house/other productions.
Art & design: On average, 28 take GCSE, 10 A-level. Design, pottery,
textiles, photography and CDT also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, lacrosse, rounders, tennis, athletics compulsory.
Optional: squash, basketball, badminton, riding, polo. Sixth form only: sailing,
golf, clay-pigeon shooting. Frequent firsts at independent schools events in
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service compulsory at age 17. Various clubs, eg dance, art,
photography, Young Enterprise, debating, especially for European Youth
Parliament (very strong) and Model United Nations. World Challenge expedition
every 2 years.
Uniform: School uniform worn except in fifth and sixth forms.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head girl, head of house
and house prefects appointed by the Headmistress. School Council.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory until age 17.
Social: Sports, choral society and guest lecturers jointly with other
local schools. Trips abroad eg skiing, to Russia, art trip to Italy,
Spanish/geography to Spain, expeditions to eg Peru, Tanzania; exchanges with
French and German schools. Upper sixth allowed to bring own car or bike to
school. Meals self-service. School shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework might expect to do it
in their free time; sixth formers behind with their work are not allowed away at
weekends. Pupils would be expelled for serious offences.
Boarding Upper sixth have own study bedrooms; lower sixth and fifth
forms share with
2–3; youngest 20% are in dormitories of 3–7. Houses of 24–40, divided by age.
Qualified resident nurse. Sixth form may cook own supper. 2 weekend exeats per
term. Pupils over 14 may visit local town.