Kings Oxford

Name Kings Oxford
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 February 2019
Address St Joseph’s Hall, Temple Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 2UJ
Phone Number 01865711829
Type Independent
Age Range 15-25
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 235 (51% boys 49% girls)
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Kings Oxford is part of a group of schools that offers international students English language tuition and preparation for university entrance. The college opened in 1986 and is owned and operated by Prime Education and Training. The principal has been in post since December 2015. The college offers a range of courses for international students, including English, GCSE and A-level examinations, as well as an arts foundation course, an advanced-level foundation course and the international business foundation course. The school operates over four sites with academic courses offered on the St Josephs campus in Cowley. The English and arts courses are offered on the St Michaels campus which comprises three buildings in the city centre. The majority of students are international students from a range of countries although most are from Asia and Western Europe. Therefore, the number of students with English as an additional language is particularly high. The college does not make use of any alternative providers. There are no students with education, health and care plans. The college meets all requirements for the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal, supported by staff and directors, has been committed to improving the college and ensuring that all the independent school standards are fully met. School leaders have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the college. However, written development plans lack precision and do not focus on exactly what the college needs to do to improve. Data is not always analysed in depth to check progress. Teachers demonstrate very strong subject knowledge and careful planning. Teaching challenges students to think. It does not always take sufficient account of students’ evolving literacy skills. Marking is undertaken in line with the college’s assessment policy. Feedback is supplemented through regular reports with useful targets to support improvements. Students are keen to receive feedback and use this to improve their performance. Students make good progress because of the good teaching they receive. Some students make even better progress due to the personalised and targeted support they receive. However, this is not yet consistent enough across the college. Students are happy and feel safe at all four sites. Relationships between adults and students are extremely positive. There is a strong culture of safeguarding. Students’ welfare and well-being are actively supported. The curriculum ensures that students develop effective skills in English and mathematics. The curriculum is well suited to students’ aspirations to move to university courses. Extra-curricular activities enrich students’ lives and support their understanding of fundamental British values. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) is promoted well across the college. All students receive high-quality careers advice to support them in their applications to universities of their choosing. The college is very harmonious, and students behave well in and out of lessons. Students are confident, determined and sociable. Attendance rates are high because students enjoy college and relish opportunities to meet with friends. The college directors have a very good grasp of the college’s effectiveness. They are ambitious for the college and systematically challenge and encourage college leaders. Best practice is shared across the Kings schools. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.