D’Overbroeck’s is well known for its encouraging and supportive approach as well as for excellent academic results. Teaching is in small groups, so every student can be heard and can participate in lessons and ask questions. As well as being experts in their field, excel in motivating and inspiring students.
The one or two year GCSE programme (for students aged 14-18) includes intensive English as well as other academic subjects (such as Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Citizenship, French, Geography, Geography, History, Maths and Physics). Students can study up to 9 different GCSE subjects depending on their level of English.
This course is suitable for students who wish to go on to A level studies or the International Baccalaureate in the UK. It offers a secure and supportive environment and the teaching is in small classes. The GCSE programme is taught by specialist teachers who really understand how challenging it can be to work in a foreign language.
Many of our GCSE students go on to study A level in the d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form which was described as “probably the best independent sixth form in the UK” by the Good Schools Guide. Our GCSE students have a priority over external students provided they meet the necessary entrance requirements.
Our GCSE students tend to go on to achieve exceptional grades in their A level exams and gain places at top universities in the UK including Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Students live with carefully chosen host families or there is a limited number of places in our boarding houses. Host families give students a great deal of care and support which is essential when studying abroad. Students are encouraged to speak English at all times and have a great opportunity to experience British culture and customs. Host families are carefully chosen and many of them have had students from the College staying with them for many years.
The families are located within 10-20 minutes from the College. Students stay in single or double bedrooms. Breakfast and supper is provided by the host family. Internet access is available for all students.
Each student has a personal tutor who monitors and supports his/her academic development and welfare. Tutors are always prepared to advise and support students on any issues and they keep in regular contact with parents or guardians. The Independent Schools Inspectorate rated the pastoral care for our students as “outstanding” in our last inspection.
Students have also regular meetings with the Director of the International Study Centre evaluating their academic and pastoral progress and discussing future academic aspirations.
Students always have someone to talk to if they have any worries and we have a 24 hour emergency telephone number.
Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of sports and exciting activities including art, basketball, cricket, dance, debating, drama, music, rowing, rugby, etc. Each term, there are events, trips and activities including a sightseeing trip to London, going to watch the Oxford University Rowing Race, listening to a Christmas concert, performing in an International Arts Festival, taking part in a Pantomime, going on a trip to Bath, going to a dance party, visiting Didcot Power Station, taking part in a Drama Workshop etc.
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