Oxford & County Secretarial College

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The Oxford and County Secretarial College (the "Ox and Cow") was a prestigious secretarial school for young women centrally located in the university City of Oxford. Founded in 1936 by the Hall family (Ernest and Irene Hall), it moved to its well-known central location at 34 St. Giles in 1952, where it was based until 1999.[1] The College, run in the latter years by Peter Hall, accepted UK and international students with a minimum of 5 good GCE 'O' levels and most lived in college-owned shared houses in North Oxford. Courses were typically for twelve months resulting in a Diploma. The college had strong links with top office recruitment agencies in London.

One notable alumna was the flamboyant fashion designer Isabella Blow.[2]

The College was later known as The Oxford and County Business College, expanded its course offerings and became co-educational. It merged into the Oxford Media and Business School in 1999.[3]