With its historic university and diverse student population, Oxford is known as the academic heart of England. At the EF Academy UK boarding school in Oxford, you will combine contemporary learning with Britain’s academic traditions for the ultimate pre-university experience that will position you for success in the globalized 21st century.
The student body at our two-year private high school in Oxford is made up of mature, open-minded students. Those who succeed here have a love of culture and ideas and a willingness to engage in global issues, both of which are incorporated in our academic philosophy.
From your first day at our boarding school in Oxford, you will begin developing the skills needed to succeed at university. At EF Academy Oxford we emphasize a pre-university experience that involves cultivating an environment that encourages students to be independent and responsible. We actively develop our link to the University of Oxford by inviting PhD students to run sessions at our school. To ensure they are ready for independent research at university level, all students have full access to the library and sports facilities at Oxford Brookes University, located next to our campus.
“I definitely feel that I’m becoming more international and that I have a better understanding of different cultures. Being in an academic environment with Oxford scholars around me really inspires me to do well too.”Read More Åsmund Stemland, Norway EF Academy Oxford
Our experienced university guidance counselors work with each student to help them determine what their best program and university options are. Throughout the research and application processes, our counselors are available to answer any questions students have. Once offers start coming in, students will receive thorough preparation for interviews, the IELTS exam and any other tests they must take for their desired program choice.
Dr. Paul Ellis is the Head of School of EF Academy Oxford. Previously, he was a Deputy Head at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, UK, which he led to authorization as an IB World School, and a Head of Department at University College School, London. He was educated at University College London. Dr. Ellis has written for a variety of publications, been a recipient of Arts and Humanities Research Council funding, and was a Schoolteacher Fellow at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.Read More
Mark Fletcher-Single has been involved in boarding and international education for the past twenty years. He started his career at Seaford College in West Sussex as a Design & Technology teacher and Resident House Tutor. He then moved to St. Lawrence College in Ramsgate as a Housemaster and Head of Department. He has spent the last eight years as a Director and Head of Boarding in two schools. Mark is passionate about providing the ‘best possible experience’ for international students within the UK educational environment.Read More
Dona Jones was born and raised in Wales. She earned her BA (Hons) in Business Studies and her PGCSE at Sheffield Hallam University. Dona taught at a secondary school in Sheffield for six years before moving to an IB World School in Kuala Lumpur where she worked for four years before moving to Oxford for her role at EF Academy. During her time in Kuala Lumpur, Dona studied a Masters in Education, focusing on the iPad as a teaching tool. She was attracted to EF Academy because of its “no-borders” ethos and internationalism, something she strongly believes in and emphasizes in her teaching and general outlook in life.Read More
Dr. Mark Zumbuhl was an undergraduate at Cambridge University and did an MPhil and PhD at Glasgow. He has worked mainly in higher education, including teaching and research fellowships at the University of Manchester and Trinity College Dublin. Mark worked for three years in undergraduate admissions at the University of Oxford and has wide experience in outreach programs for schools and the university admissions process; he still lectures part-time for the History and Modern Languages faculties. Working with students from all over the world at different universities and a period teaching English in China gave Mark a taste of international education and inspired him to join EF Academy in 2014.Read More
Dr. Amy Webber graduated from the University of Warwick with a Master’s Degree and PhD in Physics in 2010. She continued in scientific research, investigating magnetic resonance (MRI) physics at the Universite de Lyon, France and later joined the Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford to pursue quantum computing research. During this time, Amy taught undergraduate physics courses at the University and Mansfield College, Oxford and gained experience in the university admissions process. She also became a STEM Ambassador for science, carrying out lectures and workshops in Oxfordshire schools. Amy’s enthusiasm for science led her to pursue teaching full-time and she joined EF Academy in Autumn 2013.Read More
Barbara Garde was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where she taught for 17 years, the last 11 at an independent school in Harare where she was also the Head of Department. She followed the Cambridge International Examinations syllabus which is similar to the current A-Level program taught at EF Academy. She did her BSc in Mathematics at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa and her PGCE at the University of Leicester in the UK. Since relocating to the UK, she has taught in many different types of schools, both state and independent, and has now been teaching at EF Academy for more than eight years.Read More
Having completed a PGCE in Economics and Business Education at Warwick University, Cy Webber taught both subjects at a UK state school for two years. He then moved to Turin, Italy for nine years, where he taught in an IBO world school. It was there where his fascination with university guidance and helping students make subject choices at 16 years of age began. This experience also made him realize that he could never work in anything other than an international school, which is the main reason why he joined EF Academy in Oxford when he returned to the UK. Apart from coordinating university guidance, he enjoys being involved in numerous projects in the school and teaching business management.Read More
Thomas Mayer is head of Literacy and Communication in English. He has an academic background in philosophy and, as a speaker of Mandarin, has a keen interest language acquisition. Graduating from Bangor University in 2009, he has since taught in various countries, namely, the Czech Republic, South Africa, and China. He sees teaching international students as a privilege as it provides a greater depth to classroom discussions. As a bilingual, he recognises the language shock students may face moving to the UK. Thomas is a teacher of the Theory of Knowledge and particularly enjoys exploring language as a way of knowing. He is also oversees the SEN department and, along with his faculty, provides additional support both during and following school hours.Read More
After earning a Master’s Degree in French Literature in Paris, Emma Gernez came to Oxford in order to learn English and promptly fell in love with the town, the region, the language and the people. She has been teaching French in Oxford for 12 years in various international schools and gained a PGCE before joining EF Academy in 2014. She enjoys learning from her students’ different cultural backgrounds and hopes to bring a little bit of France to the classroom.Read More
Antonia Melvin loves teaching international students, particularly those enrolled in the IB program because it encourages students’ creative and critical thinking and their sense of determination in their learning. This is especially due to CAS, the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge, the ‘core’. TOK has become her specialty throughout the last 12 or so years of her IB teaching. She has co-written a TOK book to prepare students for assessment and enjoys teaching TOK as much as she does coordinating it. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese and has lived in Iberia for about 23 years in total, including a childhood spent in Spain.Read More
Joan Wilisoni has been involved in international education and IB programs for over 25 years. She was previously the principal at the International School Nadi, an IB world school in Fiji where she introduced the IB Diploma in 2006. Joan has been an IB Coordinator, teacher and examiner, and has also been a member of the IB Diploma five-year review committee for the Asia Pacific region. From 2000 to 2004 she was a member of Association of Australian IB Schools Standing Committee. She holds a diploma in Science Teaching and a BA in Education and Management from the University of the South Pacific. Her current role at the school involves overseeing the nonacademic lives of our students.Read More
Maria Temo is a chemistry and clinical chemistry graduate from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. After her studies, she decided to come to Oxford to learn English, explore the city and gain new experiences. Having previously worked in a pharmacy she is trained to deliver customer service, ensure safety and communicate with colleagues and other professionals. What she likes most about EF is that she can cooperate with international students on day-to-day basis and I have the chance to support them.Read More
Nelli Janneler holds a Bachelor’s Degree BSc (Hons) in International Hospitality Management from Oxford Brookes University. Before joining EF, she worked in well-known hotels both in the UK and in Spain, which provided her with a vast experience working with people from a broad range of cultural backgrounds. Nelli joined EF Academy in November 2017 as an Office Manager and Visa Compliance Officer and prior to that, she worked in EF Language School and EF Language Travel. Nelli has a Russian-Swedish background and speaks Russian and Swedish fluently. She enjoys working with EF Academy, because of the diverse international environment and great opportunities that come along the way.Read More
Alexandra has worked as a teacher and client coordinator in the Bahamas, and a house manager in Antibes. She has spent 10 years in customer service roles and has a TEFL certificateRead More
Chloe has just completed a degree in Sports Coaching and Development at Solent Southampton University, and she is also a coach for Solent Kestrels Basketball Club (National League). She has also been a support worker for disabled childrenRead More
Jane joins us from the House Parent team in EF Academy Torbay. She has been a House Manager at St Andrew’s College in Cambridge and has worked as a Registered Mental Health Nurse for the NHS in Peterborough. Jane has a BA in Social and Cultural Studies from York University and an Advanced Diploma in Higher Education in Nursing (Mental Health) from Bradford University.Read More
Richard Morgan joined EF Academy as the Head of Boarding. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Sport and Exercise Science (Hons) from Hertfordshire University and a PGCE from Cardiff University. He has been working in Education since 2012, during which time he has taught in England, Wales and Germany. In his last role he worked towards a successful inspection report for the Boarding House at a school in Bournemouth. It was his time teaching PE and working in the Boarding House in Cologne, Germany that inspired him to pursue a career in this area.Read More
Paul Ellis Head of School
Mark Fletcher-Single Deputy Head: Pastoral
Dona Jones Assistant Head & IB Coordinator
Mark Zumbuhl Director of University Guidance
Amy Webber Head of Science
Barbara Garde Head of Mathematics
Cy Webber Head of Humanities
Thomas Mayer Head of Literacy and Communication in English
Emma Gernez Head of Literatures in First Language
Antonia Melvin IB ToK Coordinator
Joan Wilisoni Pathway Manager
Maria Temo House Parent
Nelli Janneler Office Manager & VISA Compliance Officer
Alexandra Davis Richardson House Parent
Chloe Lammas House Parent
Jane Gaudi EF Academy Oxford
Richard Morgan Head of Boarding
At EF Academy Oxford, students have a wide variety of activities and clubs to choose from. From special interest clubs like debate and film, to academic clubs including French and math, there is something for everyone. The activities coordinator also organizes regular trips to various museums and galleries in Oxford and London.
“At EF Academy Oxford and in the surrounding area, people respect each other, especially if you are from a different country, and this is part of the culture. If you are different, it is a point of interest rather than a reason for discrimination. When students come here, they experience different cultures and they communicate in English.”Read More Emma Gernez EF Academy Oxford
Head of Literature
EF Academy’s boarding school in Oxford is a five-minute bike ride from the city’s center. The small and vibrant city has beautiful buildings and a large, diverse academic community dominated by the famous university.
Our British high school in Oxford is spread over two campuses that are a separated by a 3-minute walk down Pullens Lane, a one-lane road in a quiet residential neighborhood. Both parts of the school are characterized by traditional architecture and outdoor spaces where students meet to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner or to grab a coffee during their study break. The residence buildings and some classrooms are on one part of the campus, while the reception, dining hall, gym, library and more classrooms are on the other part. Beyond the campus, you will find shops, restaurants, cafes and cinemas, which offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of your host country.
Cotuit Hall, Pullens Lane
Oxford OX3 ODA
Cotuit Hall, Pullens Lane
Oxford OX3 ODA
We offer two accommodation options for students at our boarding school in Oxford: student residence and host family arrangement. Both offer students the comfort of home and the space they need to study and complete homework.
In the residence at our international high school, students build lasting friendships while developing their independence. The on-campus buildings also house a welcoming student lounge with comfortable furniture and tables. House parents enforce curfew times, ensure students are looked after when they are home and provide them with snacks and drinks in the lounge in the evenings. A full-time nurse who is also a house parent is on campus at all times during the week and on the weekends.
Students who choose our other form of accommodation live with a local family and walk to campus before and after school. They benefit from living in an actual home environment and are cared for by adults who have been screened and vetted by school officials.
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