What is Greene’s College like?
Greene’s offers a full-time, university-style sixth form education, both in Oxford, England and in Estoril, Portugal – with academic oversight resting with the Oxford college. In Portugal, Greene’s is the first tutorial college and the foremost sixth form college in the Lisbon area. Greene’s is also the oldest tutorial college in Oxford, and quite possibly in the U.K. Shortly after Greene’s was established in Oxford in 1967, we moved to our present central charming and unique 17th century buildings in Pembroke Street, just opposite the University of Oxford’s Christ Church.
Behind the charm and old-world exterior of our buildings is an establishment as technically advanced and educationally innovative as any. To be part of Greene’s is to be part of an institution familiar to so many across the world: it is endlessly surprising just how many people, both in Oxford and beyond, fondly remember Greene’s, and have some connection with the college through family and friends. Many thousands of students have been taught at Greene’s and some, like the tutors who taught them, have gone on to distinguished and prominent careers. The tradition of high quality, individual education continues in our college in Estoril. Tuition at either location can be face-to-face or online.
At Greene’s, students are taught and supervised by our outstanding educators and academics, all trained to deliver the very best education, and to guide students towards the highest grades – while maintaining the greatest regard for student welfare and wellbeing. Every student is allocated a Personal Tutor, in addition to the academic specialists, who guides, mentors and encourages the student throughout his or her time at Greene’s, enabling students to grow personally as well as academically. Students are also encouraged to benefit from all the numerous social, cultural and sporting activities Greene’s have to offer, whether in Oxford or Estoril.
Most courses at Greene’s are delivered to students individually or in very small groups, with some work in larger seminars. ‘Independent’ and ‘individual’ are widely used adjectives in education, however Greene’s has been truly committed to the tutorial method of learning for over 50 years, and has invested much time, technology and expertise to ensure that students really benefit from a philosophy of teaching and learning that continues to be used in the most ancient of universities.
At Greene’s students are very much in control of their studies and have access to a stream of information about their progress, feedback from tutors, realistic assessments of their likely achievement, together with the reassurance of their Personal Tutor to talk through their personal academic strategy. As our inspecting regulators ISI (the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate) report: Greene’s ‘Teaching, learning and assessment are excellent …’. ‘Excellent’ is a recurring adjective throughout every aspect of the report.
Would Greene’s College be suitable for my child?
Perhaps one question to ask before considering Greene’s as a sixth form destination is whether your child is ready to study in a university-style setting. Our aim is to bring all our students to the realisation that, fully supported and guided, they can be independent learners, and that they have potential in areas that may surprise them. Greene’s makes no selection based on academic ability, and we pride ourselves on helping a wide variety of students: for those tackling A levels for the first time, for those wanting a change of direction or a second chance, and for those who want a flexible timetable, for example elite sports people with intense training programmes, or those wishing to pursue an additional academic subject unavailable at their current or previous school.
While our tutors and academic staff expect a high degree of engagement and motivation, we are fully aware that not all our students are academic high-flyers. Many students will achieve A or A* at A level (80% did so this year), and progress to a prestigious university in the U.K., Europe, the U.S. or elsewhere. On the other hand, we are constantly gratified to see those students, whether Oxford and Cambridge applicants or those aiming directly for professional or practical qualifications, who have learnt skills for thinking critically, studying independently and managing their time, which will be of huge benefit, taking them in to their future careers, whether at university or beyond.
There is a great deal of information on our website, however if you are in any doubt about whether you should consider Greene’s as a sixth form college, we strongly recommend you read our latest ISI report, which can be found here, and we encourage you to contact our Registrar, Dr. Georgina Bartlett. Dr. Bartlett will explain how we may be able to help, and if requested will then arrange for a further in-depth conversation with the Principal, Mrs. Carmen Dare.
How can I apply to Greene’s College?
In order to ensure students are enrolled on the most suitable courses for them, each potential student is required to submit an application form (to be found on our website), then interviewed, references taken and a programme of study carefully discussed – and whether the location is to be Oxford or Estoril. Diagnostic tests also form part of the registration process: this is not to filter the less academically capable, but to guarantee each student is fully prepared for any course undertaken, and to ensure we choose exactly the right tutor for everyone.
British Curriculum - IGCSE & A Levels
Most of our extracurricular activities are organized in partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh Award