About Us

St. Clare’s is unique in so many ways. It is an educational charity, set up over 60 years ago, with a mission to advance international education and understanding.

When you join St. Clare’s:

  • you become a member of a vibrant international community, where native speakers mix with students from more than 20 countries
  • you can be sure of a first-class educational experience and the opportunity to make significant progress – in life skills, in grades and examinations, in entrance to university and in career development 
  • you receive advice and support with a wide range of student requirements from visa applications and accommodation options, to examination choices and university applications.
Andy Rattue - Principal of St Clares Oxford

We welcome Andrew Rattue as the new Principal of St. Clare’s, following Paula Holloway’s retirement at the end of last term. It is a return to Oxford for Andy, having studied English at Brasenose College before a successful teaching career at various schools, including nine years as Headmaster at RGS Worcester. He has lived in Thailand, the US and most recently Spain where he was Headmaster of King’s College, Madrid. He shares views that very much complement St. Clare’s international ethos:

There has never been a more important time for adopting a global perspective on the challenges faced by countries around the world. Our international student body places us in a uniquely privileged position.


Key contacts
Chair of Governors - Richard Dick
Principal - Andrew Rattue
Email: principal@stclares.ac.uk
Director of International College - Lawrie Coupland MA (Cambridge) PGCE (Oxford) CELTA (UCLES)
Email: lawrie.coupland@stclares.ac.uk
Admissions Registrar - Manuela Williams BA (Reading)
Email: manuela.williams@stclares.ac.uk

The adult courses at St. Clare’s are accredited and inspected by:

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of EnglishThe British Council Inspection: with the focus on teaching and course design for English Language classes. Read the Report here.

Accredited by the British Accreditation Council St Clares OxfordThe British Accreditation Council: with the focus on teaching and course design for Academic Subject classes.  Read the Report here.


ISI PFE educational oversight St Clares Oxford  
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (Private Further Education): with the focus on teaching and course design for both English Language and Academic Subject classes.Read the Full Report here

We have worked in partnership with the University of San Diego for over 30 years and have an association with Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford

St Clares Oxford - in partnership with University of San Diego USA     St Clares Oxford - in partnership with Blackfriars Hall University of Oxford

The International College works in partnership with:

International Association of Language Centres   St Clares Oxford - member of English UK 

 St Clares Oxford - in partnership with Kazakh British Technical University  

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