Parent Information

Attending Splash at Oxford gives your children a unique opportunity for self-motivated learning in a variety of subjects taught by friendly and knowledgeable teachers. We strongly encourage your child to take advantage of the opportunity!

What is Splash?

Splash is an educational programme run and organized entirely by student-volunteers. Oxford students teach one or two-hour classes on a topic that interests them. This means that there will be a wide variety of classes. Secondary school students may come to Oxford to take any (and only) classes they want.

What should I do while my child is attending Splash?

There are plenty of exciting places to visit around Oxford.

Nearby museums (all free, but check hours): Ashmolean Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Christ Church Picture Gallery, and Museum of Oxford. Slightly farther: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Pitt Rivers Museum
Nearby shopping areas: the Covered Market, Westgate Shopping Centre, and Clarendon Centre
Explore Oxford: Footprints Tours of Oxford (free), Oxford Walking Tours, Magdalen Bridge Boathouse (punting, rowing, etc.)

There is also a wealth of cafes and restaurants in central Oxford.

Sitting in on Classes

Splash is designed as a programme where students can explore their interests individually while making new friends and meeting mentors. We want to foster a learning environment without any pressure from home. Therefore we do not allow parents to sit in on Splash classes. Exceptions may be made for those with learning disabilities or extreme circumstances.

Student Motivation

One of Splash’s primary goals is to provide a unique educational environment for students who want to learn (whether to explore new interests, to deepen their understanding of a fun topic, or to get a fresh look at material that failed to engage them fully in a school setting), but to do so we need a body of eager students. To that end, we insist that students register themselves (rather than having parents or teachers register them). We want students to be enthusiastic about the programme without any pressure from parents or teachers and to choose the classes they’re interested in and only those classes. Students who aren’t interested in the classes they are signed up for tend to detract from the exciting atmosphere we try to create. Please help us make Splash a success by giving the students the full freedom to engage with Splash as an individual.

About our Teachers

We recruit volunteer teachers for Splash at Oxford solely from Oxford University. We think meeting Oxford students and seeing the city is a great way to get yourself acquainted with the university, but coming to Splash will not give your child an advantage if he or she applies to any colleges at Oxford. All of our teachers are trained for Splash and have background checks (DBS Checks) completed so that they are prepared to help make your children's experience at Splash enjoyable.

Consent Form

We require all participants to have a parent or other legal guardian sign a consent form before participating in any programme. These forms are required for check-in the day of Splash. We will send them to your email address before the programme.

Health Emergencies

In case of an injury, Splash at Oxford personnel will take reasonable steps to notify the participant’s emergency contact. If the emergency contact is unavailable, Splash at Oxford personnel will arrange for the participant to receive medical attention in conjunction with staff at the venue.



Last modified by MLHert on March 17, 2018 at 01:23 p.m.