Set within an impressive Victorian building, OISE Newbury Hall is nestled in a traditional English market town in Berkshire. Nearby lies both Oxford and Bath, as well as Highclere Castle, where the internationally famous TV series Downton Abbey is filmed.
Newbury Hall was founded with the specific aim of preparing every pupil to develop the intellectual and social understanding that will lead to a fulfilling life both personally and professionally. This means helping develop an extensive knowledge of a wide range of subjects, alongside effective autonomous learning skills, while acquiring strong cultural and social literacy to grow knowledge and open-mindedness. the core values motivate the school to help and serve the needs of a small, motivated learning community.
Designed to offer the student exposure to a range of subjects, all of which will inform his/her general interest, taste, knowledge, appreciation and zest for a well-developed intellectual and open-minded future.
Our students come from different parts of the world and this brings the invaluable advantage of exposure to a wide range of cultures, mindsets and experiences. Fluency and eloquence in English represents a large part of the programme and the school is an expert in helping students feel confident with other people, and to enjoy the challenge of meeting others and learning from them.
Great emphasis is placed on helping the students to take charge of their own learning. All students are supported to assume a high degree of independence and take on full responsibility for planning their study time. No more passive lessons or expecting tutors to provide the answers. Students learn how to investigate and discover information for themselves; how to think critically and creatively; and how to communicate eloquently and effectively.
Students choose the length of time to study from one week to twenty-six weeks and can start at any time of the year, as the school is open for study over the fifty-two weeks of the year.
For simplicity, our timetable may be understood as a ‘menu’ students can select lessons from; and as in all good restaurants, if somebody wants something not on the menu, the chef will prepare it individually. We can organise almost anything; our education is bespoke.
The IELTS Exams programme provided by OISE delves into all aspects of the test: listening, reading, writing and speaking. An intensive course of 30 full hours per week provides candidates with a sound foundation for their exam, having practised a variety of authentic scenarios with their tutor and peers. The IELTS Exams programme welcomes students between ages 15 to 17 who wish to gain the confidence necessary to gain the top mark. The IELTS test is arranged for the end of the course.
Being involved in PLACES means that students will learn about time management and prioritising things in their life. As adults we get very used to juggling a variety of different tasks and commitments. Our students need to learn how to do this as well, and getting involved in PLACES can give them some authentic practice at it.
PLACES allow students to get involved in a wide range of activities. They not only have the opportunity to explore various interests that they may already have, but also to discover new ones.
Students learn about making and maintaining commitments when they are involved in PLACES, which is another excellent benefit. When they join one of the activities or clubs, they commit themselves to that activity for a period of time. Learning to take on commitments is important, and these activities can teach our students this important lesson.
PLACES can allow a student to make a contribution in some way. It shows that they are getting away from just thinking about themselves and contributing to something else. This is important in their growth as a person.
PLACES can help to raise the self esteem of our students. There are some students that may feel worthless or that there is nothing they are good at. They can struggle with self esteem, and PLACES are a way that they can build confidence and belief in themselves. Everyone wants to find something that they are really good at, and PLACES provide them with a way that they can get involved in something and really shine, giving their self esteem a boost.
Students will have the benefit of honing their relationship skills as well when they get involved in PLACES. They will get involved in social and cultural activities and learn how to act appropriately in these situations.
We use the term PLACES to include all of the different activities, events and experiences that we offer our students outside the academic day.
PLACES are an integral part of Newbury Hall life and are a means of developing knowledge, positive attitudes, sportsmanship, and effective social skills. While these activities require as much time, careful planning, and supervision as academic subjects, the purpose is to enhance and extend student learning and experiences beyond the academic courses offered in the school.
There are a range of after school clubs including photography, cookery, gardening, singing, drumming, fashion and ceramics. Sports include football, basketball, badminton, table-tennis, swimming, gym, kickboxing and keep-fit.
Airport and Eurostar transfers are included in the course fees on arrival and departure. Newbury is a 50 minute drive from Heathrow Airport and a 55 minute direct train from Paddington Station, London.
Young Learners are greeted by members of the OISE courier team at London airports or the Eurostar terminal within standard hours as part of the package and escorted to their onward transportation direct to the school. During the summer, students are usually accompanied to the Welcome Lounge, a facility with food and refreshments as well as activities to keep students occupied until they are taken onward to the school.
Newbury is an affluent and historic market town about an hour from London and also within easy reach of Oxford, Winchester and Bath. Dating from the 11th century, the town has a population of around 30,000 and boasts a beautiful town centre with picturesque canal and superb facilities including a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants. In addition there is a modern local cinema, excellent theatres and a whole host of sporting opportunities.
Historically the town's wealth was based on the cloth trade of the 16th century and, uniquely, it was the site of two major battles in the English Civil War in 1643 and 1644.
Nowadays, Newbury has a fresh, rural atmosphere with a thriving twice weekly market and the surrounding countryside is classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty.
OISE Newbury Hall is accredited by OFSTED.