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Oxfordshire Private Schools & Special Schools


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For anyone planning a move to or within Oxfordshire in South East England we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within fantastic Oxfordshire.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Great Britain, Oxfordshire's famous British cities and towns include Banbury, Didcot, and Henley-on-Thames.

Oxfordshire has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from country mansions and estates, cottages and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Oxfordshire is a beautiful county, rich with history, charming countryside and magnificent architecture. The city of Oxford is renowned for its magnificent architecture whilst the Cotswolds villages provide a haven for relaxation and peaceful walks." Visit Oxford

Oxfordshire is land-locked, with neighbouring counties such as Berkshire, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire located to the west and Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire to the north-east. The River Thames runs through the southern parts of the county, coming right up to the heart of the city of Oxford.

The City of Oxford is featured in the Harry Potter Films! Christ Church College, part of the University of Oxford, can be seen most famously in the Goblet of Fire. The famous stone stairs of the Great Hall were used for a number of gripping scenes.




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Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in Oxfordshire, GB?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Oxfordshire (or you already live in Oxfordshire but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching Oxfordshire private schools there is a big choice of high quality schools to chose from, with a number of the of these schools ranking highly and being considered to be some of the best schools in the UK.

Oxfordshire’s private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls’ schools, boys’ schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private Nurseries, Prep Schools, Independent Secondary and Sixth Form schools and colleges.

Find Private Schools In Oxfordshire, UK (Or "Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for private schools with a reputation for excellence in Oxfordshire and in the cities of Oxford or towns like Banbury, Abingdon-on-Thames, Didcot and Bicester by using our Private Schools Directory and Independent Schools Finder (powered by isbi's School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the schools and colleges listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

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Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Oxfordshire, some of the best of which being:



Kingham Hill School

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England OX7 6TH

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 11-18 Years, Boarding (Weekly)

Kingham Hill School is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding school for pupils aged 11-18. Set in 105 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside, it provides the perfect environment in which to thrive.

[Read More About Kingham Hill School...]



Tudor Hall

Banbury, Oxfordshire, England OX16 9UR

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 11-18 Years, Day & Boarding (Full)

Tudor Hall is one of the oldest girls’ boarding and day schools in Britain … but the world doesn’t stand still. Our fresh collective vision is global and invigorating.

[Read More About Tudor Hall...]



The Manor Preparatory School

Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England OX13 6LN

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 2-11 Years, Day

The Manor Preparatory School is an outstanding independent co-educational day school welcoming boys and girls aged 2-11. They offer a happy and varied learning experience where every child is challenged, cherished and inspired.

[Read More About The Manor Preparatory School...]



Top Private Independent Secondary Schools & Colleges In Oxfordshire, UK

Some of the best Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in Oxfordshire, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:


Top Private Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Schools In Oxfordshire, UK

Some of the best Pre-Prep and Prep schools in Oxfordshire, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls aged from 3 years to 11 or 13 years include:

Special Needs Schools In Oxfordshire, UK

Some of the best Special Needs schools in Oxfordshire, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British Special Needs and Special Education Needs education for boys and girls (single-sex and mixed) include:




Where To Live In Oxfordshire, England, UK

The most popular British cities and towns in the Oxfordshire area (GB) include, with approximate population numbers:

> Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

Oxford (152,000) Jericho and Osney (5,800), Cowley (5,400), Headington (5,600), Iffley (5,200), Wolvercote (5,600)

> Cherwell, Oxfordshire, UK

Bicester (29,000), Banbury (44,000), Kidlington (14,00)

> South and Vale, Oxfordshire, UK

Didcot, (26,900), Henley (11,000), Thame (11,500), Wallingford (11,600), Wantage (11,327)

> West Oxon, Oxfordshire, UK

Woodstock (35,065), Witney (27,522), Carterton (20,000), Chipping Norton (6,300)




Oxford is a very popular place to live and many people move to each year, or to near and the surrounding area, from around the United Kingdom and abroad.

Many of those moving to Oxford are escaping more urban living in London or other larger cities, deciding to relocate to the Oxfordshire capital to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous city with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic pubs, restaurants and sports and popular cultural events, arts and music.

Ten Things To Know About Oxford, England, UK 

> FACT 1:  Radiohead, a famous English rock band first got together in Oxford, whilst attending Abingdon School. 

> FACT 2:  Christ Church features in the Harry Potter films! The stone stairs of the Great Hall were used in a number of the films. 

> FACT 3:  The original Alice in Wonderland, Alice Liddell was the daughter of the Dean at Christ Church College. Charles Dodgson, (who went by the pen name, Lewis Carroll) spent a large amount of time with Alice Liddell and her family. It is suggested that she was the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.

> FACT 4:  If you visit the suburb of Headington, you will find the famous Shark House. It is a sculpture commissioned by Bill Heine as a comment on Cold War Politics in 1986. The house features a 25-foot long headless shark seemingly crashing into the roof. 

> FACT 5:  Oxford is famous for its number of writers, in fact the city has more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world.

> FACT 6:  The Iffley Road track was made famous by Roger Bannister, who was an Oxford medical student and was the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes, completing the mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds

> FACT 7:  The famous English poet Matthew Arnold was inspired by the renowned architecture of the Oxford University buildings, describing Oxford as the “City of Dreaming Spires”.

> FACT 8:  The city of Oxford was the capital of England during the Civil War from 1642 to 1646

> FACT 9:  The name Oxford originates from the meaning of the words ‘ford’ (shallow crossing) and cattle or ‘Oxen’.

> FACT 10:  The Ashmolean Museum has been curating art and artefacts since 1683, making it the first museum in the world to open its doors to the public

Where To Live In Oxford, UK

Oxford and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a cottage, townhouse, large apartment, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central city living to rural, country lifestyles, Oxford and the areas near Oxford is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, rolling countryside, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Jericho Oxford, Summertown Oxford, Cowley Road Oxford, Oxford, Barton Oxford, Binsey Oxford, Donnington Oxford, Port Meadow Oxford, Walton Manor Oxford, Wolvercote, Oxford, Waterways Oxford, Grandpont Oxford, Cutteslowe Oxford, New Hinksey Oxford, Holywell Oxford, Iffley Oxford, New Botley Oxford, Headington Oxford, New Marston Oxford

Commuting To And From Oxford By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Oxford is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to London, Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Reading and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Oxford To London: London is about 56 miles by road from Oxford via the M40 and A40 and driving to the centre of London from Oxford normally takes under 1 hour 45. There is a very regular train service to London from Oxford, with trains taking from 52 minutes into London Paddington and around 1 hour 18 minutes to get to London Marylebone.

> Oxford To Bristol: Bristol is about 72 miles by road from Oxford via the M4 and driving to the centre of Bristol from Oxford normally takes under 1 hour 45 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Bristol from Oxford, with trains taking around 1 hour 30 minutes.

> Oxford To Swindon: Swindon is about 30 miles by road from Oxford via the A420 and driving to the centre of Swindon from Oxford normally takes under 1 hour. There is a very regular train service to Swindon from Oxford, with trains taking from 45 minutes to 1 hour.



Nearest Airports To Oxford, UK

The nearest airport to Oxford is Heathrow Airport (LHR) which is 43 miles from Oxford. Other nearby airports include London Luton Airport (LLA) (under 65 miles), Birmingham (BHX) (under 70 miles), Bristol Airport (BRS) (80 miles) and Gatwick Airport (LGW) (80 miles)




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