About Us

Learn more about the Oxford Scholastica Academy and how we can help you discover your future

These past two weeks have been absolutely amazing. At first I was nervous about coming, but I’m completely grateful I went for it. I’ve made memories and friendships I will never be able to forget.

Andrea Bonilla, USA

Welcome to the city of Oxford!

Hello! We are the Oxford Scholastica Academy, a British education company which enables the next generation of young people to experience, explore and discover the great city of Oxford.

We’re on a mission to inspire young people to discover what their futures could hold:

  • The courses they could study
  • The careers they could have
  • The citizens they could be.

In doing so, we aim to give our students the most memorable summer of their lives.

Meet our Senior Team


Jamie Dear BA Hons (Oxon), Founder

Jamie moved to Oxford in 1992. After studying at Oxford University he worked in the non-profit education sector, founding a social enterprise which has raised £1/2m for charity. He is passionate about the transformative impact of inspiring teachers, and has run summer schools for the past five years.


Dr Sophie Dear BA BM BCh (Oxon), Founder

Sophie is a trained doctor with a passion for teaching. She oversees the running of the summer school with her husband Jamie. Sophie studied Medicine at Oxford, and has won awards for her teaching of Oxford University medical students. She is also a keen pianist, gardener and cook!


Mrs Kit Anderson, Pastoral Consultant

Kit is a trained nurse. Her colourful career has seen her act as Housekeeper to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, and she currently works as a “Dame” (Housemistress) at Eton College, where she has overseen the welfare of hundreds of students over the past twenty years.


Dr Mona Sakr BA (Oxon) MA PhD, Head of Teaching

Mona oversees the quality of our teaching. She studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, subsequently working as an English teacher. Her doctorate is in Education & Psychology, and she works as an educational researcher at the Institute of Education.

Best staff ever! Ade, Henry, Molly, Georgia, Kit, Jamie and Sophie (and her amazing food!) you were a big part of making this summer memorable!!

Aline Sampaio Gouvêa, Brazil

Our experienced team have been running summer schools for many years. We are passionate about supporting students to fulfil their potential, and set up the Oxford Scholastica Academy to give young people the opportunity to experience life in the beautiful city of Oxford.

We source the finest tutors (most of whom teach at leading universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and London Universities), hand-pick the best staff and work hard to give our students the most amazing summer fortnight. In short, we aim to give our students a life-transforming experience.

Click here to meet the rest of the team.

We are fully accredited by the British Accreditation Council

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We have been independently accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) for Independent Further and Higher Education, who have assessed our teaching quality, pastoral care and overall standards.

The BAC have been responsible for setting standards within the education sector in the UK for over 30 years, and our last inspection was in summer 2015.

Oxford Scholastica Academy was first inspected by the British Accreditation Council in a candidacy inspection in February 2014, followed by a full inspection in July 2014.

BAC’s inspectors reported on an overall very good level of provision in the Academy, with a number of significant strengths and no immediate actions required. They considered in particular that the administration, documentation and consultant access for the quality control of summer schools was excellent, the Directors highly motivated, with current relevant experience, and the tutors were highly skilled, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, very familiar with Oxford and able to adapt effectively to the variety of ages and backgrounds of the students.

Oxford Scholastica Academy was awarded candidacy accreditation as a short course provider for six months in March 2014. Following the Academy’s full inspection in July 2014, full short course provider accreditation was confirmed until March 2018.

Statement by the British Accreditation Council

Centrally Located

Our campus is located right in the middle of Oxford, so you'll never be far from all the classes, culture and activities.

St Thomas'

Cherwell House


St George's

Oxford is very easy to get to, with affordable international flights available. The city is an hour away from London’s main airport (Heathrow), and other major airports are also close by. We are very happy to advise you on your travel arrangements.

Why Oxford?

We think Oxford is the UK's greatest city. Here are a few reasons why...

Oxford was the inspiration for much of the Harry Potter films...

…including the Great Hall here at Christ Church College (Hogwarts dining hall).

Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland...

…were all written in Oxford. Oxford has more published writers per square mile
than anywhere in the world!

Oxford is the home of the world's most famous University...

…Oxford University is the oldest English-speaking university in the world. It has educated 51 Nobel Prize Winners, 26 British Prime Ministers and 50 Olympic medal-winners (who have won 158 medals).

Remember, we’re not part of Oxford University, but we use its facilities each summer.

Oxford is one of the world’s most famous, historic and beautiful cities. Referring to the many stunning university buildings which dominate the Oxford landscape, the poet Matthew Arnold called Oxford:

That sweet city with her dreaming spires

The combination of the history, architecture and academic reputation of Oxford make it the perfect setting for the Oxford Scholastica Academy.

Our Relationship with Oxford University

It is important for you to know that we are independent of Oxford University. Oxford University does not run its own summer schools, except for students from UK state schools (see here). So while our team and tutors have studied at Oxford, and we use the university’s facilities, we are not formally connected with the university or with St Peter’s and Corpus Christi Colleges.

Gargoyle in Oxford