With its historic university and diverse student population, Oxford is known as the academic heart of Britain. At the EF Academy boarding school in Oxford, you will combine contemporary learning with Britain’s academic traditions for the ultimate pre-university experience that will position you for success in the globalized 21st century.
The city of Oxford is renowned for hosting Britain’s oldest and most prestigious university. Our international boarding school is ideally located within walking distance of the city’s academic heart so you can experience all of Britain’s finest educational traditions. EF Academy Oxford offers students a high-quality pre-university experience in a world-class academic setting.
We offer the A-Level and IB Diploma programs, which are enhanced by a first-class program of intellectual and cultural enrichment centered on Oxford and London. EF Academy Oxford is a small school and our immediate aim is to help you study, work and flourish in a friendly, mature and supportive atmosphere. We provide you with the global confidence both to succeed personally and to help create a better world.
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Antonia Melvin appreciates the IB program because it encourages students’ creative and critical thinking and their sense of determination in their learning. This is especially due to CAS, the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. TOK has become her specialty throughout the last 12 years of her IB teaching. She has co-written a TOK book to prepare students for assessment and enjoys teaching TOK as much as she does coordinating it.Antonia Melvin TOK Coordinator, EF Academy Oxford
Barbara Garde was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where she taught for 17 years. She did her BSc in Mathematics at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa and her PGCE at the University of Leicester in the UK. Since relocating to the UK, she has taught in many different types of schools, both state and independent.Barbara Garde Head of Faculty - Mathematics, EF Academy Oxford
Cy Webber completed a PGCE in Economics and Business Education at Warwick University and taught both subjects at a UK state school for two years. He then moved to Turin, Italy for nine years, where he taught at an IB World School. Apart from coordinating university guidance, he enjoys being involved in numerous projects in the school and leading the humanities faculty.Cy Webber Head of Faculty - Humanities & University Guidance Counselor, EF Academy Oxford
Dona Jones earned her BA (Hons) in Business Studies and her PGCSE at Sheffield Hallam University. Dona taught at a secondary school in Sheffield for six years before moving to an IB World School in Kuala Lumpur where she worked for four years before moving to Oxford for her role at EF Academy. During her time in Kuala Lumpur, Dona studied a Masters in Education, focusing on the iPad as a teaching tool.Dona Jones Assistant Head & IB Coordinator, EF Academy Oxford
Emma Clarke was previously a teacher and Director of Studies with EF in Indonesia. Before leaving for Indonesia, Emma worked with street children and in a charity-run school in rural India as part of her first teaching experience.Emma Clarke Head of Boarding and Campus Manager, EF Academy Oxford
Joan Wilisoni has been involved in international education and IB programs for over 25 years. She was previously the principal at the International School Nadi, an IB World School in Fiji. Joan has been an IB Coordinator, teacher and examiner, and a member of the IB Diploma five-year review committee for the Asia-Pacific region. She holds a diploma in Science Teaching and a BA in Education and Management from the University of the South Pacific.Joan Wilisoni Deputy Head Pastoral, EF Academy Oxford
Jonathan Newell has worked in higher education at Trinity College of Music, London, and was Director of College Music and Tutor at Brasenose College, the University of Oxford. He has been a member of the IB’s Diploma Examining Board, and the Chief Examiner for Music for the IB program, and regularly leads teacher-training workshops for the IB in Music and Extended Essays.Jonathan Newell EE Coordinator, EF Academy Oxford
Luan Brothwood has many years of experience working in the private, public and charity sectors and her background is in youth and community work. She has had experience working with young adults in an education setting and is especially enjoying her experience within an international environment. Luan is very fond of her role as a Student Guidance Coordinator and values her time supporting students while they attend EF Academy Oxford.Luan Brothwood Student Guidance Coordinator, EF Academy Oxford
Lubow Dabrowska-Szpakowicz graduated from Brest State University with a Master’s Degree in Education. She has extensive experience as a language instructor and has taught English, Russian and world literature in addition to working as a translator and interpreter in Poland and the UK and as the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at Printing Technical College in Warsaw.Lubow Dabrowska-Szpakowicz Head of Faculty - ESL, EF Academy Oxford
Mark Zumbuhl was an undergraduate at Cambridge University and did an MPhil and PhD at Glasgow. He has worked mainly in higher education, including teaching and research fellowships at the University of Manchester and Trinity College Dublin. Mark worked for three years in undergraduate admissions at the University of Oxford and has experience in the university admissions process.Mark Zumbuhl Head of University Guidance, EF Academy Oxford
Michael Liggins has worked in the education sector for over 20 years in a range of roles including teaching, management and consultancy. He has taught his subjects in further and higher education. Michael is a graduate of the University of Oxford, having completed his first degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also completed a Master's Degree at the London School of Economics in Human Resource Management.Michael Liggins Assistant Head & A-Level Coordinator, EF Academy Oxford
Morag Clark earned an Honors Degree in Agriculture at Wye College, University of London. She completed further studies in Hotel Management and worked in health service and various colleges both at home and in Saudi Arabia. Morag retrained as a teacher through the Open University, and has taught biology in both Oxford and Berkshire. She also tutors students with dyslexia and currently combines teaching with wildlife conservation work.Morag Clark CAS Coordinator, EF Academy Oxford
Dr. Paul Ellis is the Head of School of EF Academy Oxford. Previously, he was a Deputy Head at Stonyhurst College which he led to authorization as an IB World School, and a Head of Department at University College School, London. He was educated at University College London and has written for a variety of publications, been a recipient of Arts and Humanities Research Council funding, and was a Schoolteacher Fellow at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford.Paul Ellis Head of School, EF Academy Oxford
Philip Randall is a fully qualified teacher with a Combined Honors Degree in English and History and a PGCE from Loughborough University. He has experience in various Special Education Needs contexts and English as a Foreign Language. He was an independent boarding and day Housemaster for 18 years and he has also hosted international students from the various language schools in Oxford.Philip Randall Guidance Counselor, EF Academy Oxford
Antonia Melvin TOK Coordinator
Barbara Garde Head of Faculty - Mathematics
Cy Webber Head of Faculty - Humanities & University Guidance Counselor
Dona Jones Assistant Head & IB Coordinator
Emma Clarke Head of Boarding and Campus Manager
Joan Wilisoni Deputy Head Pastoral
Jonathan Newell EE Coordinator
Luan Brothwood Student Guidance Coordinator
Lubow Dabrowska-Szpakowicz Head of Faculty - ESL
Mark Zumbuhl Head of University Guidance
Michael Liggins Assistant Head & A-Level Coordinator
Morag Clark CAS Coordinator
Paul Ellis Head of School
Philip Randall Guidance Counselor
EF Academy’s boarding school in Oxford is a five-minute bike ride from the city’s center. The small and vibrant city has beautiful buildings and a large, diverse academic community dominated by the famous university.
EF Academy Oxford features a combination of traditional architecture and modern design.
Students can meet their friends in our study areas or outside on the terrace.
Our science labs and classrooms are the ideal places for discovery and discussions.
Sports activities are an important part of student life. You can go for a run down Pullens Lane, play soccer at the park or train at Oxford Brookes University’s sports facilities.
In Oxford, you will mingle with university students and professors, and you will have plenty of space to learn and grow.
Our British high school in Oxford is spread over two campuses that are a separated by a 3-minute walk down Pullens Lane, a one-lane road in a quiet residential neighborhood. Both parts of the school are characterized by traditional architecture and outdoor spaces where students meet to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner or to grab a coffee during their study break. The residence buildings and some classrooms are on one part of the campus, while the reception, dining hall, gym, library and more classrooms are on the other part. Beyond the campus, you will find shops, restaurants, cafes and cinemas, which offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of your host country.
For students aged 16 to 19 who would like to pursue a global education and career.
For students aged 16 to 19 who would like to specialize their high school studies.
The student body at our two-year private high school in Oxford is made up of mature, open-minded students. Those who succeed here have a love of culture and ideas and a willingness to engage in global issues, both of which are incorporated in our academic philosophy.
From your first day at our boarding school in Oxford, you will begin developing the skills needed to succeed at university. At EF Academy Oxford we emphasize a pre-university experience that involves cultivating an environment that encourages students to be independent and responsible. We actively develop our link to the University of Oxford by inviting PhD students to run sessions at our school. To ensure they are ready for independent research at university level, all students have full access to the library and sports facilities at Oxford Brookes University, located next to our campus.
Our experienced university guidance counselors work with each student to help them determine what their best program and university options are. Throughout the research and application processes, our counselors are available to answer any questions students have. Once offers start coming in, students will receive thorough preparation for interviews, the IELTS exam and any other tests they must take for their desired program choice.
We offer two accommodation options for students at our boarding school in Oxford: student residence and host family arrangement. Both offer students the comfort of home and the space they need to study and complete homework.
Single rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair and storage space for clothing.
Students who speak different languages live together in a shared room with a bed, desk, chair and storage for clothing for each resident.
Students living with a local host family have the opportunity to engage and immerse themselves in a comfortable home environment. Students can choose from a single or shared room.
In the residence at our international high school, students build lasting friendships while developing their independence. The on-campus buildings also house a welcoming student lounge with comfortable furniture and tables. House parents enforce curfew times, ensure students are looked after when they are home and provide them with snacks and drinks in the lounge in the evenings. A full-time nurse who is also a house parent is on campus at all times during the week and on the weekends.
Students who choose our other form of accommodation live with a local family and walk to campus before and after school. They benefit from living in an actual home environment and are cared for by adults who have been screened and vetted by school officials.
At EF Academy Oxford, students have a wide variety of activities and clubs to choose from. From special interest clubs like debate and film, to academic clubs including French and math, there is something for everyone. The activities coordinator also organizes regular trips to various museums and galleries in Oxford and London.
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“I definitely feel that I’m becoming more international and that I have a better understanding of different cultures. Being in an academic environment with Oxford scholars around me really inspires me to do well too.” Åsmund Stemland, Norway EF Academy Oxford
“At EF Academy Oxford and in the surrounding area, people respect each other, especially if you are from a different country, and this is part of the culture. If you are different, it is a point of interest rather than a reason for discrimination. When students come here, they experience different cultures and they communicate in English.” David Zakarian EF Academy Oxford
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“Exploring your own potential and what you can do is part of the experience you have at EF Academy. I would never have imagined that I would develop this much in just one year.” Harry Nguyen, Vietnam EF Academy Oxford