Oldfeld International Boarding School is the dedicated brand for our International High School Taster programmes, offered to our international students at Harrow House.
Established in 1912 on the same site as Harrow House, Oldfeld International School was the first co-educational school of its kind in the UK and has a long and proud history of preparing students for ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels in the best traditions of British education.
Harrow House has revived the Oldfeld ethos for our International High School courses. At Oldfeld International School we are dedicated to providing students, employees and partners with the highest standards of learning and personal development in a fun and culturally diverse environment.
With constant improvement of our courses, facilities and services through innovation and creativity, we are committed to giving our students a superlative experience. All this creates a unique concept that we call ‘The Oldfeld School Experience’.
Oldfeld International School is situated in one of the safest coastal locations in the UK and offers English Language Courses and unrivalled facilities for all ages with excellent links to all UK attractions.
Swanage has a mild climate compared to much of the UK and enjoys a long, beautiful sandy beach, stunning natural scenery and wonderfully traditional English architecture. The Swanage Steam Railway is one of Isle of Purbeck’s most popular tourist attractions and is a huge favourite with students and visitors to the town. Nearby locations of Corfe Castle, Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester offer added variety to students attending a course a Harrow House.
Our International High School Programmes are aimed at students who wish to spend a taster period, semester or year in the UK following a structured school syllabus before returning to their respective countries and continuing their studies, or continuing their studies in the UK. Students will attend English language classes preparing them for examinations and then follow a modular curriculum over the course of their chosen semester year.
Other contributing factors are: Our unrivalled facilities, active evening programme with a wide range of social activities, sports and games every evening, dedicated teachers, an international atmosphere with over 50 different nationalities (in the summer season), supervision by our residential staff; on-site residential accommodation and the safety of Swanage as a destination, to name but a few.
Oldfeld International School has a pool of experienced, professional staff all of whom are specifically trained and qualified in the teaching of English as a foreign language.
The care and attention given to students by our teaching staff, both inside and outside of the classroom, contributes greatly to the friendly and happy atmosphere at Oldfeld International School.
Ofsted Boarding School report - Harrow House is outstanding in all areas.
See our report here.
Oldfeld International School has a long history of teaching students from all over the world and welcomes students from over 40 countries throughout the year. This provides a rich and diverse mix of nationalities and a truly international experience.
Junior students at Oldfeld International School regularly get the chance to interact with English students at local schools with joint activities. This is part of an ongoing integration initiative. We maintain small class sizes ranging between 8 and 16 students. At Oldfeld International School we take great pride in the progress our students make, both linguistically and personally, and our ability to satisfy our students' needs. Our dedicated welfare team ensures the highest standard of student care at all times.
Oldfeld International School is not just a 9 to 5 English language school. We offer much more, including an English boarding school experience. Our unrivalled facilities provide students are provided with a wide variety of social and sporting activities when not in the classroom.