Magdalen College Oxford University

Magdalen College School, Oxford

Magdalen College School: a progressive approach to raising successful people

The famous student town of Oxford, the picturesque riverside plain of the Cherwell, just an hour and a half drive from London and a perfect mix of modern education and all-round extracurricular development – this is what a fulfilled childhood should be like. And that is exactly how Magdalen College School works.

Creation history and the intricacies of the school’s work

Magdalen College School is an independent private school for boys aged 7 to 18. It is also interesting that girls can also study in the institution, but only from the age of 16. Unlike other schools in England, Magdalen School offers only full-time education for 840 students.

The Magdalen School opened back in 1480. English educator William Weinfleet founded this educational institution with full confidence and conviction that only high-quality and full education predetermines the life of each person. Such a demand could not but influence the level of education, and very quickly Magdalen College School became one of the most successful and reputable schools in the country, and even today it cooperates with the major universities of Great Britain.

Magdalen College School: a progressive approach to raising successful people

The school territory is full of iconic buildings, which cannot but affect the perception of the school’s aesthetic component. Staying here is not only useful for your future education, but also pleasant for the soul, because not far from the school there is the most famous and oldest botanical garden in England, Magdalene Bridge and the ancient bell tower.

The educational process in the school is aimed at supporting the teaching staff in building the educational process, providing all-round development of the students (including sports), and fostering independent personalities, ready to fulfill their potential in adult life.

Like any educational institution, Magdalen College School undergoes quality control of its activities. So, according to the results of examination by ISI in 2011, Magdalen College School got rating “Excellent” in practically all areas and “Splendid” for children’s education and development.

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The school’s major areas and programs are

Earning the GSCE General High School Certificate of Education requires taking subjects such as languages and literature, biological sciences, geography, theology, chemistry and physics, among others.

The A-Level program requires high school mathematics, art, political science, history, philosophy, economics, and other subjects in addition to the subjects mentioned above.

Main areas and programs of the school

Important! Some of the subjects are included in the programs only if a certain number of students per group is enrolled.

How and when do I apply to Magdalen College School?

At the school all year with some frequency are held Open Days, when parents, along with their children can come, meet with staff and current students, to see firsthand the feasibility of admission.

Children and Youth School (7+)

Admits students as young as 7 years old. In January, prior to the start of classes in September, the candidate takes an entrance exam to identify a child’s potential, not his or her current accomplishments.

During the entrance exams, boys take multiple-choice tests in English and math. The tests are relatively short: 15 minutes for each part of English and 45 minutes for the math test. All candidates take the test together under the guidance of a teacher.

Junior High (11+ and 13+)

For admission to the Junior School, candidates are screened at several levels:

1. Entrance tests:

  • verbal reasoning;
  • mathematics;
  • English.

2. Boys who successfully pass the first stage are admitted to the interview, which mostly lasts 30 minutes.

Sixth Form (16+).

The Magdalen School is accepting applications from boys and girls from any school for Sixth Form. Applications to the admissions office are accepted from November through February. Admission is based on:

  • verbal reasoning;
  • Interviews with members of staff at the school;
  • GCSE results, which can be requested by staff from any school.

How and when to apply to Magdalen College School

What are the costs expected of students?

The cost of studying at the school is £5,425 per trimester, which is about £16,275 per year. Each pupil and parent also needs to prepare for extra costs which may include registration fees, meals, deposits, extra lessons and various excursions (if required), transfers, insurance etc.

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Study and Recreation for Students of the School

The modern facilities of the campus allow the students to actively develop their abilities without any limitations. Thus the school has swimming pools, an art center, large lecture and computer classrooms, tennis courts, gyms, and recreation areas.

Despite the fact that the school is only full-time and, therefore, has no boarding school, the school actively develops clubs and clubs in more than 100 kinds of sports (judo, cricket, soccer, basketball, hockey, and many others).

Magdalen School is a place where both fans of active sports and book lovers can get along easily and very harmoniously. And the close connection with Oxford University opens to the students considerable prospects for development.

It is important to specify the correct e-mail address – you will receive a reply from the school.

Magdalen College Oxford University

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You can read more about the college and its history here.

A plan of the college, to make it clearer which buildings I’ll be showing:

Walking down High Street toward Maudlin College, the first thing we saw was its New Library (far left building on the plan):

When the street turned slightly, we also saw the bell tower in all its glory:

The bell tower is 144 feet high, with Somerset influences in its architecture. Construction began in 1492 and was completed in 1509. The figures in the niches of the towers are alternately John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene. Of the ten bells, one was created in the early fifteenth century, three in the early seventeenth and two in the early eighteenth. The tune played by the clock is believed to have originated in commemoration of the Stuart Restoration in 1660.

The building, facing High Street, houses faculty offices and faculty offices.

Behind the New Library is the Z-shaped building. The part that faces the High Street (the old law library is here) is connected by an arch to the New Library:

The same building, just the part closer to the college gates:

we found ourselves in the John the Baptist quadrant. On our left was Grammar Hall:

President’s Lodgings in front:

On the right was the college chapel:

Above the sumptuous Gothic gates of Muniment Tower, built in 1485,

are five sculptures – John the Baptist, King Edward IV, Mary Magdalene, St. Swithun, and the college’s founder, William Wainfleet:

Just beyond the Great Tower is Chaplain’s Quad, a small quad that is formed by the chapel and dining hall on the north side. In the corner of the courtyard is the Outer pulpit, built at the end of the fifteenth century. From it, sermons were preached to students on John the Baptist Day each year until 1766. In 1896 the tradition was revived:

Another now-closed gate by the college grille:

And the sculptures above them:

Founder’s Tower:

Another pretty door with coats of arms:

Then we went into the chapel, which was completed between 1474 and 1480; it turned out to be small and cozy. The old stained glass windows were destroyed during the Reformation and the Civil War. The present ones were created by Richard Greenbury in 1632.

A copy of Leonardo’s Last Supper:

An Unusual Organ above the entrance – the modern one, the ancient one was also destroyed:

After leaving the chapel, we walked through the Founder’s Tower gate into the college’s main quadrant, the Cloister, but I’ll talk about it next time.

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