The Best People

Inspirational, Caring, Reliable

Oxford Scholastica tutors are the best – world class. And so are OSA staff. We combine qualified education leaders, up-and-coming bright university student mentors and experienced Matrons.

One of our most important values is “Caring”, and we get to know each student personally. By signing up to Oxford Scholastica this summer you’ll be part of our extended family.

We often say OSA is not just for summer – it’s for life, and one of the things which makes the experience stand out for parents and students is the passion our team have to support you and your future success.

My Scholastica journey didn’t end with the two weeks. The support I derive from it continues as far as today, through every step of my academic life and university application process. Staying in contact with my friends from summer school, as well as the staff, has pushed and challenged me to make the most out of my last year at school. I was motivated to work hard, without which I would never have achieved an offer from my dream university, Cambridge. The support from my Scholastica family keeps me focused on my A levels and making a difference. They make it increasingly clear that they’re as excited for me to live my dream as I am, and I couldn’t be more grateful!

When they say “Scholastica family” they’re really not joking. Even though that summer ended ages ago, I’ve been able to keep in contact with staff and friends who continue to teach me. The intake of new knowledge never really ends! I’ve learnt so much about culture and determination by staying in touch with the people I met at Scholastica. The friendships I made that summer, with truly the best people, are ones I hope to keep for a very long time.

Tara Khanna

India, Experience Law Academy

Staff members Molly, Georgia, Kit and Ade

Our leadership team of Photis, Louise, Lavinia and Jo, headed up by husband and wife Jamie and Dr Sophie Dear, have many years’ experience of running summer schools, and are passionate about the care OSA gives to every student.

Your first point of contact will be with Photis, who is there to help parents and students make sure that OSA is a good fit for you. You’ll also be supported by Lavinia, who offers a personal 1-1 video-call for students once they’ve signed up – a friendly face to say hello, learn more about why you want to attend OSA so we can tailor your experience, and answer any of your questions.

Our mission is to make sure you feel comfortable and confident about coming to OSA – for many students, this is their first time away from home and we are keen to make sure everyone feels fully supported. During the summer school we are all on site every day, rather than being in a remote office. This means we’re able to get to know the students and are able to be responsive if there are any problems.

Parents are also given an emergency 24 hour number and are encouraged to get in touch with questions at any time.

Staff member Gareth at graduation

Our students are divided into campuses, with 30-60 students in each of our buildings. This enables a close, family-based environment in which all students are a name rather than a number. There are lots of opportunities to meet with students from other campuses too.

The main day-to-day contact for students are our Activities Coordinators, who tend to be undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Oxford. They are role models as they have successfully navigated the paths our students are starting to think about, and this means students are able to relate to them.

One of our other values is “Inspirational”, and our Activities Coordinators are dynamic, successful and motivating to be around. We encourage our students to ask them lots of questions about what it’s like to apply to and truly experience university life, and these conversations help to shape many of our students’ future thinking.

Lexie giving a birthday cake to a student
We also have a team of Matrons who are experienced pastoral professionals who have many years’ experience looking after young people. Our two long-standing Matrons, Pascha and Tessa, have significant experience in leading boarding schools in the UK and internationally, and have looked after thousands of teenagers. They are on hand to help with any medical issues, homesickness or just for a friendly chat, and our students love having them around. And if it’s your birthday during the summer school we’ll look forward to arranging a cake for you!
Girls at the Oxford Scholastica Academy

We often say that Oxford Scholastica is not just for summer – it’s for life. You’ll be part of our community of thousands of young people who have experienced the OSA magic. We love to stay in touch with our students, and many of them return to Oxford or our London campus in future years, or recommend us to their friends and family.

As a former OSA student you’ll have access to our network of resources and advice, ranging from articles written by leading writers through to our book clubs, podcasts, webinars and more. It’s all free, part of our mission to continue to inspire you after you leave Oxford.

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