© Graham Hussey
Oxford’s wide choice of private schools is a big draw for parents. Christ Church Cathedral School (boys, ages two to 13) in Brewer Street is the cathedral and Worcester College choir school; New College School (boys, ages four to 13) in Savile Road provides the choristers for New College; and Magdalen College School (boys, ages seven to 18, with girls in the 6th form) in Cowley Place for Magdalen College.
The Dragon School (co-ed, ages three to 13) in Bardwell Road is the country’s largest prep school. Other private prep and primary schools are: Summer Fields (boys, ages seven to 13) in Mayfield Road and Emmanuel Christian School (co-ed, ages three to 11) in Sandford Road.
Private secondary schools include: Wynchwood (girls, ages 10 to 18) in Banbury Road; d’Overbroeck’s College (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Banbury Road; St Edward’s (co-ed, ages 13 to 18) in Woodstock Road.
All-through schools include: Oxford High (girls, ages four to 18) in Belbroughton Road; Rye St Antony (girls, ages three to 18, boys ages three to eight) in Pullen’s Lane; Headington School (girls, ages three to 18) in Headington Road; and Abingdon School (boys, ages four to 18; girls ages four to seven) in nearby Abingdon.
Most of Oxford’s state primary schools are judged “good” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted. The best-performing comprehensive school is the Cherwell School (co-ed ages 11 to 18) in Marston Ferry Road which is judged “outstanding”; the Matthew Arnold School (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Arnolds Way, gets above average results and is judged “good”.