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Welcome to The Oxford Academy

We provide good teaching, small classes, excellent intervention support for literacy and numeracy, reinforced by regular assessments.  We make sure we know every student well from the minute they start at our school.  Pastoral support at The Oxford Academy is strong and behaviour is of the highest standard.  We also work closely with our families and our community to ensure the best possible outcomes for their children. 

Although we have experienced some difficult times since we opened as The Oxford Academy in 2008, we are now starting to make significant improvements.  The recent Ofsted inspections have noted the good behaviour around the Academy, that teaching is now improving and that the school is effectively managed.  We are now determined to build on this and we are very confident that student progress will improve significantly in the forthcoming years. 

At The Oxford Academy we insist on high standards for staff, students, parents and governors, whilst at the same time we ensure that there is a caring environment that allows our students to achieve beyond expectations. 

Please come and visit us, we will be delighted to see you. 

Niall McWilliams

About us

We have a wide range of courses that are delivered in partnership with employers to offer you the best experience to get you where you want to be. We provide the space and time for you to explore your potential outside the classroom and through vocational courses, working with employers and high quality teachers we offer real work experience and the provision high quality sport.

Whilst studying with us you will develop essential technical skills as well as the transferable skills required by employers. You will benefit from learning with industry contacts and vital experience that will set you above the rest when it comes to applying for higher education, apprenticeships or employment. With access to some of the best facilities in the county you will be given every opportunity to explore, discover and develop your talents.

With the option of playing and training with Oxford United, sporting excellence will be at the heart of all our courses on every pathway.  If playing football isn’t what you’d like to do, you will be supported to forge links to the football industry through gaining experience in football coaching, business, media or management. And where football isn’t for you at all we’ll work with our local business partners to find you what you need. Our job is to secure your future, whether it is in the game or not, your job is to grab the opportunity with both hands. Advance will give you an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else which you will remember and draw on forever.

Facilities available

We offer:

  • State of the art Sixth Form Centre that includes separate study and common room areas
  • Use of the Academy's extensive sports and gym facilities
  • Targeted and bespoke learning support programmes
  • Our dedicated, state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre, provides a fantastic environment for our students to fully engage with their chosen pathway and achieve to their highest potential.
  • Access to our onsite school nurse
  • Student Counselling service
  • Extensive advice, information and careers guidance
  • Cashless CateringYoung Carers Support Team dedicated to making your home-study balance a little easier
  • Opportunities to be involved in the Student Council, where you can shape the future of Advance.


How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact The Oxford Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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  • A: The Oxford Academy
    • Address:
    • The Oxford Academy
    • Sandy Lane
    • Oxford
    • OX4 6JZ
    • Telephone number:
    • Main: 01865774311
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    • We all know it’s not just about what you learn, it’s about how you learn and where. With that in mind, we have created a dedicated Advance Centre which includes its own common room, refectory and study area, just for sixth formers. This gives you the space you need to do joint work, get creative or just have a break. You will also have access to the brilliant library with its specific section for careers and higher education, as well as all the resources you’ll need for your courses. You will be able to use all of our sports facilities, regardless of whether you’re studying a sports related course or not. These include:

      • Sports Hall for futsal, basketball, netball, volleyball, trampolining… anything you want to do indoors
      • 3G Dome – the only covered 3G in the county
      • Astro pitch for hockey and football
      • Multi Use Games Area so you can do a whole host of things here; tennis, netball, table tennis 
      • Grass pitches for rugby, football, lacrosse
      • Physiotherapy room with physio support available by appointment  from  Oxford United physios just in case you need help with an injury
      • Dance studio
      • Fitness studio
      • Cricket nets

      We also have art rooms, a food technology room, a fully functioning theatre and drama studio, recording studio and a hair and beauty salon with treatments available from students studying Beauty.

      When you’re not studying there’s plenty of other activities you can be doing in state of the art facilities. Advance isn’t just about helping you pass your exams, it’s about helping you become the best person you can be and that means you’ve used the space to explore what you love.