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About OSH

Headmaster's Welcome

Old Swinford Hospital is a happy, vibrant and very distinctive state boarding school where traditions and values sit comfortably alongside innovation.

In 1667, the industrialist Thomas Foley founded a school where boys develop the skills and attributes required to go out into the wider world and make a difference.

OSH is a Christian school and we are pleased to welcome children of any faith or, indeed, none at all.  We want the very best for all of them because we believe that they all have exciting potential and an important contribution to make.

Our message to all of our pupils:

‘Discover who you can be’

We understand and respond to the individual and collective needs of our pupils. We help each one to find and develop his or her own voice and we watch with pride as they grow in confidence and self-esteem.

This website will give prospective parents and pupils a real sense of the community and experience that is OSH. The videos reflect pupils’ own thoughts rather than scripted views. Our latest news and termly newsletter offer an insight into everyday life, whilst the boarding section will give you an impression of the strengths of our boarding community. Prospective parents and pupils will find useful information here, including details of open mornings and admissions.

I do hope that you will be able to visit us and I look forward to meeting you in person.

Paul Kilbride

Paul Kilbride is the nineteenth headmaster of OSH. He studied at a British Army school in Germany before returning to university in England to read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. Paul trained as a teacher in Birmingham and has worked in both the maintained and independent sectors, holding positions including Head of Department, Director of Sixth Form and Deputy Head. He has an MA in Education from UCL and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His teaching experience includes single sex, boarding, selective and non-selective schools and he has served as governor both at secondary and primary level. He is married to Emma with three young sons.

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Founded by Thomas Foley, an ironmaster, MP and landowner from Great Witley Estate in Worcestershire, Old Swinford Hospital first opened its doors to pupils in the late summer of 1670, just four years after the Great Fire of London.

Originally known as Stourbridge Hospital (charity), and occasionally referred to as Foley’s Blue Coat School, Thomas Foley’s vision was for the education of 60 boys from ‘poor but honest’ families nominated by specific local parishes.

Upon Thomas Foley’s death, the school was left to a group of trustees, his sons among them, known as Feoffees. This family tradition has survived the centuries and the Feoffees, including several direct descendants of the founder, retain an active involvement in the school today as trustees and governors.

Thomas Foley’s original aim, to educate and prepare its pupils for life in the wider world, remains an important part of the school’s ethos today. We take great pride in creating a

genuine community from which we send pupils, capable, confident and independent, out into the wider world, ready to make an impact for the common good.

As testament to the school’s long term stability and success, there have been only seven Headmasters since 1882.

Watch our Campus Life video to see a snapshot of our historic site and some of our facilities

Latest Results

Academic performance is an important part of life at OSH.

There is a real work ethic and academic expectation is high, which is why pupils from across a broad range of ability achieve great results at GCSE and A level.

Click here to see the DfE school performance tables, or to view our most recent Ofsted report click here.

Click below to explore our academic results for the last three years:

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Our pupils enjoy being kept busy, stretched and challenged.

To see the wide range of exciting events we hold every year at OSH, take a look at our list of annual events.

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The School Day

A good routine is central to successful personal and academic development; that’s why all of our pupils in Years 7 to 11, as well as Sixth Form boarders, follow a broadly similar day-to-day structure.

Take a little glimpse into a day in the life of OSH.


Monday to Friday




Lesson 1


Lesson 2




Lesson 3






Lesson 4


Lesson 5


End of lessons

16:00 - 17:15


17:30 – 18:55

Prep 1 (times vary by year group)




Prep 2 (finishing times vary by year group)



Breakfast and registration


Weekend Activities / Prep / Fixtures




Weekend Activities / Prep / Fixtures







Weekend Activities




Weekend Activities



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Governing Body

Our Governing body oversees the strategic direction of our school, so we can provide an outstanding foundation for our pupils.

Governors have a range of expertise and experience, which helps to guide us as we work to create a safe and stimulating community where our pupils can thrive.




Policies and Documents

Please click on the link below to see our key policies and documents.

If you would like a copy of any of documents available on the website in a format more suited to your needs please contact [email protected]


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If you need any further help or advice, please leave us your details and a member of the OSH admissions team will be in touch. Alternatively give us a call on 01384 817325 and we'll be happy to help.