The pages of a website can only hint at what a school is really like; it is people and relationships that matter more than glossy pictures or expansive text. I hope, however, that these pages give you a flavour of Radley and of the purpose, drive and sheer enjoyment of a Radley education.
We work hard to create an environment where boys will be happy, grow in self-confidence, thrive academically, and make the most of the many opportunities we offer. We pride ourselves on the pursuit of excellence both inside the classroom and out, and on encouraging boys to develop their talents and discover new interests. As an unashamedly full boarding environment, Radley defines itself by its caring community where all, staff and boys alike, are passionate about what they do, and dedicated to it.
A Radley education is about independent thought and learning with enthusiasm. It is about cultural awareness and the benefits of team sport. It is about academic ambition. It is about learning to live with others. It is about preparation for the world beyond its gates. Above all, it is about the core values that will underpin success in all its forms throughout a Radleian’s life: as leaders, as citizens, as human beings.
We are fortunate to do it in a stunning rural setting inspired by the nearby city – and university – of Oxford. The original vision of William Sewell to found a school with a true appreciation of the aesthetic stands the test of time, as does his insistence on qualities of kindness, decency and manners. We want a Radleian to care for and about all around him.
That is what we aspire to. Do come and see for yourselves: meet the boys, meet the staff, and see the school in action. I look forward to welcoming you to Radley.