Sibford School

About Sibford School

Sibford School

Sibford School in Oxfordshire is an independent co-educational day and boarding school for children aged from 3-18. The school is set in more than 50 acres of glorious grounds and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Sibford is an academically strong school, achieving excellent GCSE, A-Level and BTEC results, and cultivates a thirst for lifelong learning.

Originally established in 1842 as a boarding school for the children of Quaker families, Sibford has, from the outset, been a centre of educational excellence. Today Sibford welcomes pupils of all faiths (and none). However, our Quaker values, which seek to recognise ‘that of God in everyone’, remain at the heart of all they do. The school values and nurtures individual talents, respecting each other and helping each individual to become the very best they possibly can.

Sibford School is also passionate about the long-term mental health and emotional well-being of pupils. At Junior level, this means giving them space and time to enjoy their childhood. And, as they get older, it means helping them to become rounded, community-minded, confident and respectful young people, ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

A pupil described Sibford School with the following words:

“Sibford is very different from other schools. There is a greater sense of family. Peacefulness is a virtue of the day-to-day life and the calm and relaxed environment makes it easy to learn. When talking to people who are not at Sibford I tell them how friendly it is and explain that Sibford respects each and every pupil. It offers a community where you can rely on and trust in others. It is unlike anywhere else.”

Boarding at Sibford School

Boarding at Sibford School is an enriching, positive experience where all are encouraged to live adventurously. The school take boarders from Year 7 and ensure they provide an environment where all of the students feel valued, respected and part of the community. Across two friendly boarding houses, they give the boarders the opportunity to develop not only socially but also personally and intellectually.

Being a boarder at Sibford School is a great experience and one where memories that will last a lifetime are made. Having only a small number of boarders means that both pupils and staff get to know each other well and there is a strong, supportive family atmosphere.


Type of School Co-educational
School Address Sibford School, The Hill, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5QL
Number of Pupils 436
Number of Boarders 39
International Boarders 8
Age Range 3- 18
Religious Tradition Quaker foundation, but we welcome pupils from all faiths (and none)
Distance from Airports

Heathrow Airport – 74 miles (1 hour 24 minutes by car)

Distance from London

86 miles (2 hours by car)

Educational Programmes


Co-Curricular Programmes

There are many co-curricular activities on offer at Sibford School. As a school that encourages pupils to ‘live adventurously’, we like to take advantage of opportunities that come our way. In addition to activities and visits, we also provide a wide variety of lunchtime clubs together with some morning and after school clubs. These cover a wide range of subject areas including: academic (eg debating society, philosophy club, science club); creative arts (eg drama, LLAMDA, pottery, wind band and guitar ensemble); sports (including climbing wall, equestrian, swimming and triathlon). We also encourage pupils to get involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Discovery Award, Young Enterprise, charity work and volunteering.