New College School

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New College School
New College School.svg
Motto Manners Makyth Man
Established 1379
Type Independent preparatory School
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Robert Gullifer
Chair Miles Young
Founder William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester
Location Savile Road
51°46′05″N 1°15′23″W / 51.76818°N 1.25639°W / 51.76818; -1.25639Coordinates: 51°46′05″N 1°15′23″W / 51.76818°N 1.25639°W / 51.76818; -1.25639
Local authority Oxfordshire
DfE URN 123291 Tables
Students 160 (approx.)
Gender Boys
Ages 4–13
Houses Reynolds, Huxley, Wykeham, Spooner
Publication The Newswire
Choristers from New College School in gowns and mortarboards 'crocodile' to rehearsal in New College
New College School is located in Oxford city centre
New College School

New College School (officially St Mary's College School) is an independent preparatory school for boys aged 4 to 13 in Oxford. It was founded in 1379 by William of Wykeham to provide for the education of 16 choristers for the chapel of New College, Oxford.


New College School traces its origins to November 1379 when it was founded by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, as part of the foundation of the College of St Mary of Winchester in Oxford, more commonly known as New College. Wykeham himself paid for the choirboys, chaplains and clerks to sing for services at chapel. Records from the 1620s state that choirboys were accommodated on the College site itself, using an attic as the schoolroom. Despite a brief disruption due to the English Civil War the "school" continued to thrive. By the late 17th century, the vestry and song-room were refitted to accommodate new boys, marking the moment when the school started educating both choristers and non-choristers. The school did not have a permanent home for some years, moving back and forth between the College buildings and various sites outside the College. The current site was purchased in 1903 from Merton College.[1] The school's houses (Eagles, Lions, Wolves, and Hawks) were renamed in the early twenty-first century to commemorate four famous figures from New College's past.

Although no longer exclusively educating choristers, the school maintains its ties with the College: the College's Warden is Chair of the school's governing committee and the school's pupils use the College sports facilities.[2][3]

Location and facilities[edit]

New College School is located on Savile Road in central Oxford, near New College. The school site has a sports hall which is used for multiple sports and shares New College's playing fields and cricket nets. Its most recent upgrade is the revamped sports pavilion, reopened in 2013.[4]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Sports form a major part of the school calendar. All boys from Year 3 to 8 are required to play football and rugby (Michaelmas term) and hockey (Hilary term). The school has a partnership with Oxford United F.C. and the England U16 rugby team which allows the boys to receive external coaching sessions. There are also lunchtime and after-school activities sessions where boys can participate in various hobby and interest clubs. Lunchtime activities are run every day apart from Wednesday and the after school programme operates on Monday - Friday evenings.[5]

Notable alumni of New College School[edit]

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