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Ada Benson Building at Oxford High School

The new Ada Benson Building is a brand new centre for Sixth Form and the Arts at Oxford High School that officially opened on 06th March 2020 and replaces the much-loved Arts and Textiles block.

Ada Benson Building - Oxford High School
Ada Benson Building - Oxford High School

The form and massing of the new building is designed to be in keeping with the adjacent educational buildings of the school campus, whilst respecting the setting of the adjacent Conservation Area and the mature trees along the existing southern boundary. The building footprint has been influenced by the desire to retain and protect the trees and ensure no construction within their Root Protection Areas.

The new centre and remodelled external setting provides the school with a state of the art, elegant and modern addition with generous, flexible, dynamic, adaptable and inspirational spaces, which can be used for teaching, exhibitions, performances and events with the Sixth Form Social and Lecture Space at ground floor providing the potential for third party and community use.

Designed to be flexible to accommodate future changes in the curriculum, the new facilities seek to promote educational excellence, architecture and spaces of the highest quality, a building that performs well and reflects the vision and aspirations of the School and GDST.


This is a building that lends itself to celebration. The function of the Ada Benson Building is to celebrate, inspire and empower girls, as the School has been doing since 1875. Already, I can see many compelling ways in which the building’s form follows that function, and enhances it.”

The Head – Oxford High School



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