Carmel College – Abandoned Jewish Boarding School, Oxfordshire

Carmel College was a boarding school primarily for Jewish students. It became the most expensive boarding school in the UK until it’s closure in 1997.

Carmel College Oxfordshire
 

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History of the abandoned Carmel College

Carmel College was a boarding school in Oxfordshire with predominantly Jewish pupils. The school opened in 1948 as Europe’s only Jewish boarding school. For this reason the school had a substantial number of foreign students. The school was often referred to as the “Jewish Eton” and Carmel College alumni were often called “Old Carmelis”.

The school practised a mainstream orthodox Judaism – this was usually more orthodox than the practice of the pupils families, with the aim of turning out Anglo-Jews who were authentically both English and Jewish.

The school became the most expensive boarding school in the UK, with typical fees of £30,000 per year in 1996. Pupils were required to sit entry exams and the selection process was competitive.

The school was heavily affected by the Labour governments decision to terminate government assisted placements and ran into financial difficulties. This combined with diminishing attendance caused the school to close in 1997.

A cold January morning saw us arriving for an early start here as others had recently failed due to the site being used for police dog and firearms training. Luckily none of that was taking place during our visit! Visited with Spider Monkey and Darbians.

 

Carmel College - Wide view of the entrance lobby
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Carmel College – Wide view of the entrance lobby

Carmel College - Main staircase
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Carmel College – Main staircase

Carmel College - Main staircase
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Carmel College – Main staircase

Carmel College - Side room
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Carmel College – Side room

Carmel College - View from on the staircase
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Carmel College – View from on the staircase

Carmel College - Hall fireplace
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Carmel College – Hall fireplace

Carmel College - Fireplace in hall
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Carmel College – Fireplace in hall

Carmel College - View across large hallway
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Carmel College – View across large hallway

Carmel College - Entrance foyer
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Carmel College – Entrance foyer

Carmel College - Entrance foyer
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Carmel College – Entrance foyer

Carmel College - Main Entrance
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Carmel College – Main Entrance

Carmel College - Top of the stairs
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Carmel College – Top of the stairs

Carmel College - On the stairs
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Carmel College – On the stairs

Carmel College - Top of stairs
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Carmel College – Top of stairs

Carmel College - Shadows cast through bannister at top of stairs
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Carmel College – Shadows cast through bannister at top of stairs

Carmel College - Library
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Carmel College – Library

Carmel College - Bookcase in Library
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Carmel College – Bookcase in Library

Carmel College - Large wood panelled room
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Carmel College – Large wood panelled room

Carmel College - Fireplace in room with carved wood
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Carmel College – Fireplace in room with carved wood

Carmel College - Fireplace detail
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Carmel College – Fireplace detail

Carmel College - Picture and staircase
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Carmel College – Picture and staircase

Carmel College - Classroom
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Carmel College – Classroom

Carmel College - Classroom
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Carmel College – Classroom

Carmel College - Ornate wood panelling around fireplace
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Carmel College – Ornate wood panelling around fireplace

Carmel College - Ornate wood room
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Carmel College – Ornate wood room

Carmel College - One of the dormitories
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Carmel College – One of the dormitories

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