Girls School Oxford

Rye St Antony Girls School in Oxford

Educating girls has been a founding principle of Rye St Antony since the pioneering influence of Elizabeth Rendall and Ivy King in 1930 and the Senior School and Sixth Form at Rye continue to be exclusively girls schools in Oxford. We believe that girls thrive intellectually in an environment where they are not under pressure to behave or look a certain way, where they can express themselves with confidence and where they can be free to be their own individual selves.

Research shows that girls feel empowered to study what they are passionate about, as illustrated by the enduring popularity of Maths and Science at as Sixth Form options compared to girls attending co-ed schools. Girls also develop the confidence and tenacity to challenge and debate within class, to seek different ways to problem-solve and to stretch themselves by exploring new avenues of thought. This intellectual freedom and academic curiosity is what we believe gives young women the edge when they embark on their next steps whether that is leading a discussion in their university tutorial or pitching their ideas to a new employer.

Our Rye pupils possess a calm determination and strong sense of their own worth. We believe that it is refreshing to be able to focus not on the absence of boys but the energy, wit, creativity and kindness that a vibrant community of young women brings.

Girls on Board

We are proud to be a part of ‘Girls on Board’ –  an approach which helps girls, their parents and their teachers to understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships. The language, methods and ideas empower girls to solve their own friendship problems and recognises that they are usually the only ones who can. By empowering girls to find their own solutions, parents need worry less, schools can focus more on the curriculum and the girls learn more effectively – because they are happier.

Why not visit us and meet some of our future young leaders for yourself?

‘All-girls schools do not shelter their pupils from the real world. To the contrary, the greater sense of respect that girls feel at girls’ schools enables them to better find and use their voices, first in the classroom, and then beyond in boardrooms, on the political stage, or in any other arena.”

The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools

Whole School Open Week

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October

This year we are doing things slightly differently to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines.

We warmly invite you to experience Rye St Antony during a personal virtual meeting at a time that suits you. Meet staff and pupils, have a look around with our virtual tour and see what makes Rye so special.

We are incredibly proud of the Virtual Learning Experience we have offered our pupils during lockdown – you can read about it here