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Cherwell College Oxford
Cherwell College Oxford is an independent, co educational boarding and day school for pupils aged between 12 and 19 years of age.
Cherwell has approximately 100 students of which 50 are boarders and international students make up 60% of the student total.
The college is an exam centre for all exam boards and is able to enrol students at any point of the academic year.
Due to the flexible enrolment options, Cherwell College is able to offer a bespoke educational provision with a wide range of A Level and GCSE courses. The college also offers an accelerated one-year A level programme and a one-year IGCSE course, as well as Easter Revision courses, pre-GCSE and pre-A level courses in the summer.
Cherwell College Sixth Form also provides preparation courses for Oxbridge entrance exams and interviews, with Oxbridge admissions advisors who guide students throughout the UCAS application procedure to UK Universities, as well as applications to international and American universities.
International students who need extra EAL learning support are offered additional tutorials in Academic English or test specific (IELTS) preparation
Cherwell College teaching is based on the Oxbridge tutorial system, offering small group and one-to-one tuition, supplemented by professorial talks in the evenings. The ratio of staff to students is 1 to 2. Students also have the opportunity to develop their research and learning skills through the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
The College school year also mirrors the Oxbridge school terms, with activities such as the Science Club and Festival taking place in Michaelmas Term, Debating competition in Hilary Term, and the Art Festival in Trinity Term. Additional extracurricular activities are also offered through Cherwell’s partnerships across Oxford: students are able to receive membership and access to; the Oxford Union, the Oxford University Club, local centres for sports such as tennis, badminton, basketball, football, yoga and martial arts, and students can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Enrichment activities are a large part of student life at Cherwell, with regular student club meetings and educational field trips across the UK.
Cherwell College Oxford adopts a belief in each student’s individual development and in their academic and life aspirations.
Cherwell College is located in a 5 storey Edwardian building. It has a suite of tutorial and seminar rooms, a library (over 2 floors) and a common area with a cafe for students’ use. The science faculty is located in the 4 storey Frewin Court, which is adjacent to The Oxford Union. The Art studio, based at Cantay House is 5 minutes away from the main college buildings.
Residential/boarding students live in the college’s purpose-built student accommodation, Cherwell House, which is comprised of 55 en-suite single study bedrooms, and is located a 2-minute walk away from Oxford’s main train station and the major transport links. All meals are provided by an esteemed chef, and boarders are looked after by the residential welfare team who are responsible for pastoral care and support.
Cherwell College is situated in the centre of Oxford, surrounded by the 38 colleges which constitute Oxford University and the new accommodation block is also situated in the heart of the city. The nearest major international airport is Heathrow which approximately 48 miles away.
A Day in the Life of…
“I enjoyed and benefitted immensely from the one-to-one tutorial set up. The tutorial system enables the student to work at a pace most suited to his/her individual learning patterns, and I loved that I could work at a pace I’m most comfortable with. Someone like Cathy [tutor in Literature] has so much experience that she immediately understood my learning needs.
At the same time, life at Cherwell House (the College’s accommodation building) is a perfect mix of different cultures and ideas. I am surrounded by students who have such vastly different interests that it has prepared me, I feel, for life at University. I hope students will continue to benefit from life at Cherwell.”
-Lily, Geneva/South Africa
“What makes individual tuition most beneficial is that the student receives the tutor’s full attention. This is not possible in a large classroom set-up. I have benefitted from this immensely as it allowed me to complete an (I)GCSE programme at 15. I had the freedom to pick the pace of the tutorial, go over things quickly when I understood them, and go over things in greater detail when I needed more time. I actually finished my entire Science syllabus last December! This also allowed me to focus on exam techniques and thorough revision for the rest of the two terms.
I really enjoy our residential accommodation, Cherwell House, with a lovely yard, green garden and all the modern facilities – especially the en-suite bedrooms. This really helps you focus on your academic work as you have your own private space to work in.
Overall, I am grateful to Cherwell College – tutors and staff for their work, support and care in my everyday life here.”
-Zhao-yu (Joey), China
“As I was applying for medicine during my time at Cherwell I had to prepare for the UKCAT which is one of the admissions tests required by medical schools. Instead of preparing for this alone, without advice, I was given a tutor who had lots of experience with this specific examination. We worked closely, twice a week, practising questions and improving my technique. This was possibly one of hardest exams I have ever done but with the support of my tutor I found that I did not feel overwhelmed or stressed as he helped me to work through the different types of questions I would face in a methodical and patient manner.
There is no doubt that Cherwell really do encourage you to participate in extra-curricular activities. Despite being a day student I still had the opportunity to, and was encouraged, to enjoy the events on offer. I was a member of the Oxford Union, which has close relations with the college. I also went on trips and attended other public lectures with the boarders, particular the ones who were taking the same A-levels as me, making it easier to integrate and make friends. I think this also highlights the importance of the location of the college, being bang in the centre of the city, meaning we were able to access all the important parts of Oxford easily.”
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