EF Academy Oxford

With its historic university and diverse student population, Oxford is known as the academic heart of England. At the EF Academy UK boarding school in Oxford, you will combine contemporary learning with Britain’s academic traditions for the ultimate pre-university experience that will position you for success in the globalized 21st century.

Academics at EF Academy Oxford

The student body at our two-year private high school in Oxford is made up of mature, open-minded students. Those who succeed here have a love of culture and ideas and a willingness to engage in global issues, both of which are incorporated in our academic philosophy.

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From your first day at our boarding school in Oxford, you will begin developing the skills needed to succeed at university. At EF Academy Oxford we emphasize a pre-university experience that involves cultivating an environment that encourages students to be independent and responsible. We actively develop our link to the University of Oxford by inviting PhD students to run sessions at our school. To ensure they are ready for independent research at university level, all students have full access to the library and sports facilities at Oxford Brookes University, located next to our campus.

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  • “I definitely feel that I’m becoming more international and that I have a better understanding of different cultures. Being in an academic environment with Oxford scholars around me really inspires me to do well too.”

    Åsmund Stemland, Norway EF Academy Oxford
    IB Student

University Guidance

Our experienced university guidance counselors work with each student to help them determine what their best program and university options are. Throughout the research and application processes, our counselors are available to answer any questions students have. Once offers start coming in, students will receive thorough preparation for interviews, the IELTS exam and any other tests they must take for their desired program choice.

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Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Dr. Paul Ellis
    Paul Ellis Head of School, EF Academy Oxford

    Dr. Paul Ellis is the Head of School of EF Academy Oxford. Previously, he was a Deputy Head at Stonyhurst College which he led to authorization as an IB World School, and a Head of Department at University College School, London. He was educated at University College London and has written for a variety of publications, been a recipient of Arts and Humanities Research Council funding, and was a Schoolteacher Fellow at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford.

  • Joan Willisoni
    Joan Wilisoni Deputy Head & Biology Teacher, EF Academy Oxford

    Joan Wilisoni has been involved in international education and IB programs for over 25 years. She was previously the principal at the International School Nadi, an IB World School in Fiji. Joan has been an IB Coordinator, teacher and examiner, and a member of the IB Diploma five-year review committee for the Asia-Pacific region. She holds a diploma in Science Teaching and a BA in Education and Management from the University of the South Pacific.

  • Dona Jones
    Dona Jones Assistant Head & IB Coordinator, EF Academy Oxford

    Dona Jones earned her BA (Hons) in Business Studies and her PGCSE at Sheffield Hallam University. Dona taught at a secondary school in Sheffield for six years before moving to an IB World School in Kuala Lumpur where she worked for four years before moving to Oxford for her role at EF Academy. During her time in Kuala Lumpur, Dona studied a Masters in Education, focusing on the iPad as a teaching tool.

  • Michael Liggins
    Michael Liggins Assistant Head & Economics Teacher, EF Academy Oxford

    Michael Liggins has worked in the education sector for over 20 years in a range of roles including teaching, management and consultancy. He has taught his subjects in further and higher education. Michael is a graduate of the University of Oxford, having completed his first degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also completed a Master's Degree at the London School of Economics in Human Resource Management.

  • Mark Zumbuhl
    Mark Zumbuhl Head of University Guidance, EF Academy Oxford

    Mark Zumbuhl was an undergraduate at Cambridge University and did an MPhil and PhD at Glasgow. He has worked mainly in higher education, including teaching and research fellowships at the University of Manchester and Trinity College Dublin. Mark worked for three years in undergraduate admissions at the University of Oxford and has experience in the university admissions process.

  • Amy Webber
    Amy Webber Head of Faculty - Science, EF Academy Oxford

    Amy Webber completed an MPhys and PhD in Physics at the University of Warwick before continuing as a scientific researcher at the ENS Université de Lyon, France and the Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford. Alongside her research into MRI and Quantum Computation, Amy taught undergraduate Physics at the University of Oxford and assisted with admissions for the subject. Since joining EF Academy in 2013, Amy has taught both Physics and Mathematics across A Level and IB, coordinated the preparation program and academic enrichment, and she now leads the faculty of Science.

  • Barbara Garde
    Barbara Garde Head of Mathematics, Timetabler Maths Teacher, EF Academy Oxford

    Barbara Garde was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where she taught for 17 years. She did her BSc in Mathematics at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa and her PGCE at the University of Leicester in the UK. Since relocating to the UK, she has taught in many different types of schools, both state and independent.

  • Cy Webber
    Cy Webber Head of Humanities, University Guidance Counselor, Economics Teacher, EF Academy Oxford

    Cy Webber completed a PGCE in Economics and Business Education at Warwick University and taught both subjects at a UK state school for two years. He then moved to Turin, Italy for nine years, where he taught at an IB World School. Apart from coordinating university guidance, he enjoys being involved in numerous projects in the school and leading the humanities faculty.

  • Emma Clarke
    Emma Clarke Head of Boarding & Campus Manager, EF Academy Oxford

    Emma Clarke was previously a teacher and Director of Studies with EF in Indonesia. Before leaving for Indonesia, Emma worked with street children and in a charity-run school in rural India as part of her first teaching experience.

  • Emma Gernez
    Emma Gernez Head of Literature & House Parent, EF Academy Oxford

    Emma Gernez has taught French for over 15 years in Oxford, especially in the private education system for international students. She received her degree in literature and languages from Paris X Nanterre University and her Masters degree was in 18th century French literature, specializing in Voltaire's works. After her PGCE, she joined EF Academy Oxford where she taught French and literature IB programs for three years before becoming Head of Literature.

  • Philip Randall
    Philip Randall Guidance Counselor, EF Academy Oxford

    Philip Randall is a fully qualified teacher with a Combined Honors Degree in English and History and a PGCE from Loughborough University. He has experience in various Special Education Needs contexts and English as a Foreign Language. He was an independent boarding and day Housemaster for 18 years and he has also hosted international students from the various language schools in Oxford.

  • Luan Brothwood
    Luan Brothwood Student Guidance Coordinator, EF Academy Oxford

    Luan Brothwood has many years of experience working in the private, public and charity sectors and her background is in youth and community work. She has had experience working with young adults in an education setting and is especially enjoying her experience within an international environment. Luan is very fond of her role as a Student Guidance Coordinator and values her time supporting students while they attend EF Academy Oxford.

  • Janie Gray Boarding Deputy & House Parent, EF Academy Oxford

    Janine is a dual-qualified professional; a registered nurse and educator with General and Orthopedic Nursing Certificates as well as a BA in Education and English Literature and a Further Education Teaching Certificate. She has worked across the UK and also at the University of South Florida, Tampa and in Seattle. She is an adjunct professor for SUNY Binghamton, teaching on their London Study Abroad Program and is studying part-time for an MA with Birkbeck University, London. Janine’s role as Boarding Deputy enhances the pastoral team by providing support for students and staff with regard to health and wellbeing. It also provides a connection to the academic team to assist the students to achieve to the best of their abilities. Janine thoroughly enjoys building relationships with the students and working with the House Parents and Head of Boarding to create a warm and positive atmosphere on campus.

  • Morag Clarke
    Morag Clark Environmental Studies Teacher & CAS Coordinator, EF Academy Oxford

    Morag Clark earned an Honors Degree in Agriculture at Wye College, University of London. She completed further studies in Hotel Management and worked in health service and various colleges both at home and in Saudi Arabia. Morag retrained as a teacher through the Open University, and has taught biology in both Oxford and Berkshire. She also tutors students with dyslexia and currently combines teaching with wildlife conservation work.

  • Antonia Melvin
    Antonia Melvin TOK Coordinator & English Teacher, EF Academy Oxford

    Antonia Melvin appreciates the IB program because it encourages students’ creative and critical thinking and their sense of determination in their learning. This is especially due to CAS, the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. TOK has become her specialty throughout the last 12 years of her IB teaching. She has co-written a TOK book to prepare students for assessment and enjoys teaching TOK as much as she does coordinating it.

  • Michel Santana Rivero IB Teacher & House Parent, EF Academy Oxford

    Michel Santana Rivero has a Cuban-German background and studied German and English philology with a teaching training option at University of Havana, Cuba. During his studies in Cuba, he taught Spanish to foreigners at the same university. In 2009, he relocated to Germany where he took up the complementary studies of German, Spanish and English for the teaching profession in high schools at Goethe University Frankfurt. Because of his extensive knowledge of the German culture, literature, history and his teaching experience, Michel was selected to work at St Edward’s, Oxford, as the German Assistant in 2014. He was responsible for the preparation of the students for A-Level, IB and IGCSE exams there and gave literature lessons for native speakers. Michel joined EF Academy Oxford in January 2015. He currently teaches IB subjects German A: Literature, Spanish A: Literature and Spanish ab initio and is one of the four leading members of the house parent team.

  • Carolina Fruscione
    Carolina Fruscione House Parent, EF Academy Oxford

    Carolina Fruscione completed an undergraduate degree in Public Relations and Advertising at IULM University of Milan before continuing her research in Brussels in collaboration with Le Musee de la Bande Dessinee and La Fondation Folon in Magical Realism in Visual Arts. Carolina worked in Italy and Switzerland in PR in the fashion industry before working in Oxford as a visual merchandiser as well as working for Oxfam and in the Marketing department for UK Cancer Research. Carolina is currently studying for an MSc in International Relations and International Management at Brookes University.

  • Maria Jesus Cuadrado House Parent, EF Academy Oxford

    Maria Jesus studied a Bachelor Degree in Primary Education and has a specialization in Special Needs. She is currently finishing her MSc in Prevention and Psychological Intervention for behavioral and conduct disorders at school.

  • Michalina Szymanska
    Michalina Szymanska House Parent, EF Academy Oxford

    Michalina Szymanska graduated from Oxford University with a BA and MSt in Classical Archaeology. During her studies she worked with young people at numerous summer schools organized by her college. As a House Parent, she uses her experience as a former IB student to support EF Academy students in their residence. When she is not at EF Academy, she's working at the Ashmolean and Natural History Museum.

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    Charlie Stansfield Activities & Enrichment Coordinator, EF Academy Oxford

    Charlie Stansfield studied A-Levels and a double BTEC in Sports performance & Excellence at Blackpool Sixth Form. After Sixth Form, he spent a year in Germany writing about German football for a few different websites, as he aspires to one day become a sports journalist.

  • Malena Ciszek
    Marlena Ciszek School Administrator, Attendance Officer & House Parent , EF Academy Oxford

    Studying at University in Warsaw, Marlena decided to do one year of studies in Madrid. That was a fantastic experience which gave her an opportunity to explore a new culture and learn Spanish language. Before graduating, she had already started to work in different companies in Poland and Spain, gaining experience in marketing, sales and accounting. Driven by curiosity, she came to study and work in Oxford. EF Academy has given her an opportunity to develop her career. She works at EF Academy as a School Administrator, Attendance Officer and House Parent.

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Clubs & Activities

At EF Academy Oxford, students have a wide variety of activities and clubs to choose from. From special interest clubs like debate and film, to academic clubs including French and math, there is something for everyone. The activities coordinator also organizes regular trips to various museums and galleries in Oxford and London.

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Other activities at EF Academy Oxford include:

  • School newspaper
  • Model United Nations
  • Gardening Club
  • Football
  • Inter-house competitions
  • “At EF Academy Oxford and in the surrounding area, people respect each other, especially if you are from a different country, and this is part of the culture. If you are different, it is a point of interest rather than a reason for discrimination. When students come here, they experience different cultures and they communicate in English.”

    Emma Gernez EF Academy Oxford
    Head of Literature

The Campus

EF Academy’s boarding school in Oxford is a five-minute bike ride from the city’s center. The small and vibrant city has beautiful buildings and a large, diverse academic community dominated by the famous university.

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Our British high school in Oxford is spread over two campuses that are a separated by a 3-minute walk down Pullens Lane, a one-lane road in a quiet residential neighborhood. Both parts of the school are characterized by traditional architecture and outdoor spaces where students meet to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner or to grab a coffee during their study break. The residence buildings and some classrooms are on one part of the campus, while the reception, dining hall, gym, library and more classrooms are on the other part. Beyond the campus, you will find shops, restaurants, cafes and cinemas, which offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of your host country.

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Campus Address

Pullens Lane
Headington
Oxford OX3 ODT
United Kingdom


Accommodation

We offer two accommodation options for students at our boarding school in Oxford: student residence and host family arrangement. Both offer students the comfort of home and the space they need to study and complete homework.

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In the residence at our international high school, students build lasting friendships while developing their independence. The on-campus buildings also house a welcoming student lounge with comfortable furniture and tables. House parents enforce curfew times, ensure students are looked after when they are home and provide them with snacks and drinks in the lounge in the evenings. A full-time nurse who is also a house parent is on campus at all times during the week and on the weekends.

Students who choose our other form of accommodation live with a local family and walk to campus before and after school. They benefit from living in an actual home environment and are cared for by adults who have been screened and vetted by school officials. 

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