Radley College: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

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Radley College in Abingdon is a UK boarding school. Radley College in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England is an independent boarding school for boys. It was founded in 1847 by the Reverend William Sewell, fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, to provide a public school education on the principles of the Church of England. Its agreeable and well-equipped buildings lie in a beautiful 800-acre estate, close to Abingdon and Oxford. Between the ages of 13 and 18 boys are at Radley for the majority of their time to fulfill their talents.

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7 days boarding: 

GBP 16,025 per term

About the school

Radley life is designed for and around our boys and they never fail to impress us with their desire to get stuck in and take advantage of the endless opportunities on offer. Our 800-acre campus is an academic adventure playground; home to an inclusive community of individuals who each weave their unique thread into the tapestry of our collective identity.

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Academic life

Sixth Form Boarding School

The educational course at this Sixth Form boarding school is designed to teach boys the value of hard work and an intelligent management of time. We aim for breadth in a boy’s academic programme, we try to ensure intellectual stimulus both inside and outside the curriculum, and we seek to achieve an easy command of, and familiarity with, Information Technology. We also endeavour to train Sixth Formers in the ability to research and synthesise for themselves, to learn independently. Beyond that we hope to awaken in Radleians an appreciation of literature and the arts so that they can gain real pleasure from pursuing these interests in their adult lives. When a Radleian leaves the Sixth Form Boarding School, it is expected that he will have those attributes necessary both to command a worthwhile place in Higher Education and – beyond that – to compete effectively in the market place for jobs in the 21st century.

Sport and culture

In the Michaelmas Term, rugby is our main sport and it is not uncommon for us to field more than 20 teams on a Saturday. Hockey, rowing and football are to the fore in the Lent Term, and cricket, rowing, lawn tennis and athletics are most popular in the Summer. Alongside these sports, many boys opt to play a selection of our minor sports; badminton, basketball, fencing, fives, lacrosse, rackets, real tennis, rugby sevens, squash, swimming or water polo, all of which are led by expert coaches. We are fortunate to have genuinely world-class sporting facilities. In addition to acres of beautifully-kept pitches for rugby, football and cricket, our boys benefit from a strength and conditioning centre, sports hall, rowing tank, tennis courts, ergo room, swimming pool, courts for real tennis, squash, fives, rackets and badminton, and a nine-hole golf course.

We offer:

  • Rugby
  • Rowing
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • F0otball
  • Golf
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Polo
  • Swimming
  • Racket
  • Squash
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Croquet
  • Fencing
  • Badminton

Location Description

Abingdon Oxfordshire OX14 2HR

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