d’Overbroeck’s School is a co-educational independent school in Oxford, England, for students aged 11 to 18. The school – founded in 1977 by Malcolm van Biervliet, who taught at the school until 2007 – teaches a wide and varied GCSE, IGCSE and A-Level curriculum.
What makes d’Overbroeck’s different from other schools?
The school offers a progressive and far-reaching academic curriculum delivered by committed and brilliant staff in excellent facilities. And the learning environment is supported by a huge range of sporting, cultural and academic extra-curriculum activities.
The school’s success in delivering this programme of excellence is evident in its exceptional exam results, in students’ joyful achievements in their extra-curricular activities and in the enthusiastic endorsement it receives from current and former parents and students.
This success is not accidental. It’s based on an ethos of support for each and every individual, on the development of shared values, and on offering a caring, creative, nurturing, and relatively informal environment that encourages every single student to create the very best versions of themselves, both for today and for the future.
But it’s not just about individual achievement. d’Overbroeck’s embraces the understanding that we are all in this journey together, that each person – staff as well as students – contributes to the life of the school and of the wider community in their own unique and valuable way.
It’s an ethos that recognises that humans do not exist in isolation; that we depend on connection, community, and caring – quite simply, our humanity depends on each other. In the words of the great South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu – “A person is a person through other persons.”
This philosophy, which demands a conscious shift in how we think about ourselves and others, is at the heart of d’Overbroeck’s philosophy, and it produces community members who are mature, caring, enthusiastic and engaged, and who are set on the road not merely for great academic careers, but for truly great lives.