St Clare’s Oxford

About St Clare’s Oxford

St Clare’s, Oxford is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding school located in elegant north Oxford and has been offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma for over 40 years, longer than any other school or college in England. Its holistic approach to teaching and status as a World IB School, gives the college its worldwide reputation as being experts in delivering the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Internationalism and academic excellence are at the heart of St Clare’s. A St Clare’s student is independently minded, inquisitive and demonstrates a life-long passion for learning. The college welcomes students from over 40 different nationalities, including a significant number of British pupils, whilst the college ranks 12th in the UK for results (The Times League table, 2020). The average IB point score is 39 out of 45 and achieved a 100% pass rate and in 2021, six of their students gained the maximum of 45 points, a grade achieved by only 0.2% of students around the world.
Supported by a specialist in-house Careers and Higher education team, their IB leavers have secured places at many of the world’s top universities, including Oxford University, Cambridge University, UCL, John Hopkins University, and Utrecht University. Above all, their student body represent a community of kind and inclusive global citizens, knowledgeable and passionate about society and their modern world.
The college’s proximity to the world-famous city of Oxford means learning and cultural discovery often takes place in the museums, universities and parks the city provides. Extra-curricular activities, weekend excursions and trips abroad further complement academic studies, and enable students to make the most of their time living and studying in the UK.

In recent years, St Clare’s have invested in their facilities, offering award-winning science laboratories, well-equipped classrooms, modern art studios and state-of-the-art accommodation.

St Clare’s is different to any other sixth form college and rightly so. Theirs is an education fit for the 21st century, committed to nurturing young people’s optimism and enriching their futures.

Boarding at St Clare’s Oxford

Students live across 25 college houses surrounding St Clare’s elegant North Oxford campus. The accommodation is modern and well-equipped, within a safe and secure setting. Both single and twin dormitories are available to students, and all houses offer comfortable, communal areas.

Their residential houses are kept under the watchful eyes of kind and supportive boarding staff, available at all hours to provide pastoral, academic, or medical care.

Whilst clear house rules are in place in residential houses, independence and personal responsibility is actively encouraged at St Clare’s. Their non-gated campus means students have the freedom to explore the city during their free time and be a part of the local community.


Type of School Co-educational
School Address 139 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 7AL
Number of Pupils 305
Number of Boarders 280
International Boarders 250
Age Range 15 to 18 years
Religious Tradition Non-denominational
Distance from Airports

Heathrow Airport – 45 miles

Distance from London

60 miles

Educational Programmes

International Baccalaureate Diploma. The IB Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification for 16-18 year olds, accepted and welcomed by all British universities, and many others throughout the world. The IB Diploma enables students to study a wide range of academic subjects, encouraging depth and breadth of knowledge across the IB curriculum. St Clare’s has an especially wide offering of subjects at both standard and advanced level. This includes teaching English Literature in over 25 different languages, something that is not available in any other UK school. The college’s International Baccalaureate curriculum also contains three core elements that provide additional academic specialisation and aim to nurture the student as a whole. These are the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and CAS (Creativity, Action and Service).

St Clare’s IB Diploma programme consists of:

  • 6 subjects, 3 at Higher level and 3 at Standard level;
  • an Extended Essay – a personal research project of up to 4000 words;
  • Theory of Knowledge – a practical philosophy course;
  • Creativity, Action and Service – a programme of sports, artistic and cultural activities and voluntary service to help others.

Read more about the IB Diploma compared to other academic options for 16-18 year olds here:

Pre- IB Programme: St Clare’s offer a Pre-IB course for students age 15-16, equipping younger students with the skills needed to confidently progress onto the IB Diploma. For more information about the Pre-IB course, please visit: