Founded in 1480 by William Waynflete, Magdalen College School is a selective day school for pupils aged 7-18. Shaped by its Christian Collegiate foundation and links with the university city of which it is part, it aims to inspire in all its pupils a desire to learn, flourish and to serve.

These aims are as follows:

  • To facilitate a full and rich intellectual and moral education in a liberal community, fostering a joy in learning which enables each pupil to develop an independent and searching mind.
  • To nurture confidence and a willingness to embrace a challenge, developing each individual’s participation in and enjoyment of a broad range of pursuits, both within and beyond the classroom.
  • To provide a safe, friendly and supportive environment in which individuality is valued through mutual support, respect and toleration.
  • To equip pupils to make a positive and lasting contribution to their communities, both now and in the future.