We are delighted that old boys and girls of Oxford Spires Alumni are looking at our website. You are forever a friend of Oxford Spires and even more importantly you are Oxford Spires Alumni. This brief alumni page will tell you of opportunities for alumni to join in school events, contact details to enable you to subscribe to receiving the Oxford Spires termly newsletter and some brief history so that we welcome our alumni from many decades ago to the present day.
We are particularly keen that our alumni with skills and knowledge that can support the growth of our current students make contact. If you would like to make contact with one of our governors who is keen to grow our alumni network please contact us on with your suggestions as to how we can support.

History of Oxford Spires Academy

OXFORD SPIRES ACADEMY is quite unique amongst the academies within the city in that its history can be traced to the latter part of the nineteenth century.

OXFORD SPIRES ACADEMY opened in 2011 under the sponsorship of CfBT. A school has existed on the site in Glanville Road since the foundation of SOUTHFIELD SCHOOL in 1934. The school brought together the CENTRAL BOYS’ SCHOOL and the MUNICIPAL SECONDARY SCHOOL.

In 1966 The CITY OF OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS merged with SOUTHFIELD SCHOOL to become OXFORD SCHOOL at the Glanville Road location. Both COHS and SOUTHFIELD had become city grammar schools following the 1944 Education Act. The new OXFORD SCHOOL remained a grammar school until it became comprehensive in 1974.

The CITY OF OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL had been founded in 1881 by the City Council and the University of Oxford to ‘complete the ladder of learning’ between school and university. Until it became a grammar school it has been a fee paying school but with a number of City Scholarships for the sons of families of limited means. Perhaps its most famous alumnus is T. E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. However other famous alumni include Ronnie Barker, one of the most successful humourists in the country and Lord Krebs who was Master of Jesus College in Oxford until 2015. The original school building in George Street was designed by T.G. Jackson and is currently used by the Faculty of History of the University of Oxford.

Probably the most famous alumnus of SOUTHFIELD SCHOOL is the actor Patrick Mower who has been a member of the cast of Emmerdale since 2000. After his time at SOUTHFIELD he was employed as a draughtsman at the Pressed Steel factory at Cowley but was then accepted by RADA. He has appeared in many television series and a number of feature films including Carry On England.

From OXFORD SCHOOL alumni include former Government minister, Lord Hunt, former MEP, Lord Harrison, who was also a Head of House and Harry Gibson who wrote the stage adaptation to Trainspotting.