Welcome to Oxford International College (OIC) Brighton.

What you’ll find here is a warm, open-minded, ambitious College with a truly-global outlook.

Our students are going to be the pioneers of the future, whatever their chosen field, and to nurture them we’re unafraid of doing things a little differently. We know that our students and you, their families, want the best possible academic outcomes and we wholeheartedly share that ambition, whilst recognising that there are multiple pathways to reach those goals.

Building on the successful model of OIC Oxford, one of the UK’s top A-Level colleges, our strategic approach prepares each student for their chosen pathway through close personal tutoring, rigorous academic monitoring and a crafted Super Curricular programme which supports your child in building an impressive profile of achievements and skills.

As a parent, the future for our children can seem daunting. At OIC Brighton, we know that the future is an international one and that future generations will need to be able to compete on a global stage. Our students will benefit enormously from being part of an international community – not just through the sharing of their lives and learning with classmates from around the world but also by an approach to education which values multiple viewpoints and highlights the best educational approaches the world has to offer.

At OIC Brighton we’re able to draw from the best of both local and international traditions to create something truly unique and exciting, ensuring that our students are nurtured, supported and challenged in a community which reaches far beyond its physical borders.

Tess St Clair-Ford, Founding Principal

Tess brings a wealth of experience to the college, with a career spanning over a decade in senior roles in independent schools, most recently as Head of Senior School at Harrow Shanghai since August 2020. She has also led teams of examiners of IGCSE English Literature for more than five years.

An advocate of student wellbeing and the positive effect this has on academic outcomes, Ms. St Clair-Ford has supported students in gaining entry to the world’s top universities; in particular, leading programmes specifically designed to prepare students for entry to Oxford and Cambridge.


Leadership Team


Yasmin Sarwar, Chief Education Officer

As the architect of the curriculum design at OIC Oxford, I continue to follow our students’ post-OIC journeys with immense pride and joy. Our goal is to build the foundation of a successful career and fulfilling life by mapping out a personalised journey for every student, whilst providing them with all the support they need: academic, career-related, and pastoral.

I am delighted to see my academic vision and strategy being implemented at the new campus in Brighton. I hope that your time here will be a start of a uniquely fulfilling and rewarding period of your life.



Andrew Gillespie, Executive Principal

Andrew Gillespie is Executive Principal of OIC Brighton and Vice Principal and Academic Director of d’Overbroeck’s Oxford. He has over 30 years’ experience in education and is Chair of Examiners at GCSE and A-Level for both UK and international qualifications. He is a Reporting Inspector for school in the UK and the author of numerous textbooks at GCSE, A-Level and Undergraduate level.


Listen to Andrew and Yasmin talking all about OIC Brighton in a recent PIE Chat Live session – Click here

A Transformative Academic Journey

Our curriculum places a strong focus on Personal Development and Career planning in addition to Academic Excellence and is designed to help our students gain entry to the world’s top universities.

We believe in the deep connection between academic progress and strong mental health and well-being. Our robust systems of support have been specifically designed to ensure that our students receive the support that they need to thrive, and leave the college fully prepared in every possible way for the next stage of their journey.


A beautiful, modern, safe campus

The multi-million-pound development includes everything a student could need within a stunning 80,000-square-metre campus.

Preserving the original Georgian building of Ovingdean Hall, the renovation will be completed in two phases:

Phase 1 will be completed in Summer 2023 and includes boarding capacity for 240 students, modern teaching facilities, a common room and student cafe, a dining hall, a medical centre, a gym, a prayer room and a learning resource centre.

Phase 2 will be completed in Summer 2024, with additional boarding, a communal hall and a fitness centre.

Enrol from age 13

In addition to the successful A-Level and one-year GCSE programmes run at OIC Oxford, we are delighted to introduce to Brighton a Pre-GCSE programme starting from Year 9 and a full, two-year GCSE programme starting from Year 10.

From our Year 9 Pre-GCSE students to our Year 13 A-Level students, each will learn key study, research, leadership and teamwork skills which, along with our extensive Supercurricular programme, focus on preparing them for the next stage of their academic career.

OIC Brighton students enjoy small classes, specialist teachers and the career focus of their Strategic Global Pathway. These benefits, paired with the academic culture of the college, help to take our students to the height of their potential.

We assess our students regularly under exam-type conditions, in order to pinpoint their individual strengths and weaknesses. Teachers then use this data to inform their lesson planning, as it allows them to focus on specific needs.



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Oxford International College
1 London Place,
Oxford OX4 1BD

+44(0)1865 203988

OIC Brighton
Ovingdean Hall, Greenways,
Ovingdean, Brighton
East Sussex BN2 7BA



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