Correspondence School – Wolsey Hall 1964-1975

In the early days, Wolsey Hall Oxford would have been known as a Correspondence School. All our course materials would have been dispatched by post and students would have to wait for tutors to mark their submitted assignments and return the scripts to them via the postal system. For some of our overseas students, tutor feedback might have taken weeks to arrive.   Nowadays, rather than a Correspondence School, we like to think of ourselves as an Online School. Our students can access their courses and submit their assignments via our online learning platform, making the process a lot easier and faster!   If you’d like to find out more about our online courses then why not take a look at our PrimarySecondaryIGCSE and A Level course pages.   Digging around in the archives, we recently found a few Wolsey Hall course prospectuses from the 1960s and 1970s which feature some great photographs of our old Oxford headquarters on the Banbury Road. As part of our celebration of 120 years of Wolsey Hall Oxford, we wanted to share what things used to look like around here when we truly were a Correspondence School – it was a real hive of activity!  
From our 1964 prospectus: “The Principal and Directors of Studies. Every year over 60,000 prospective students write to the Principal and Directors of Studies for information and advice on the examinations they propose to take and on the courses they should study.”
 
From our 1964 prospectus: “One of over one hundred Graduate Tutors. The written work of students taking Full Tuition or Revision courses is marked by their personal tutors.”
 
From our 1964 prospectus: “The Library. All Wolsey Hall courses are based on carefully selected text books which can be bought from the College.”
 
From our 1964 prospectus: "Tuition fees may be paid by instalments. To ensure complete accuracy students' accounts are controlled by machines which print out all balances and instalment slips."
From our 1964 prospectus: “Tuition fees may be paid by instalments. To ensure complete accuracy students’ accounts are controlled by machines which print out all balances and instalment slips.”
 
From our 1972 prospectus: “A corner of the Accounts Section where students’ fees cards are processed on accounting machines to ensure accuracy.”
 
From our 1972 prospectus: “A copy of the student’s programme of study is kept in the Central Registry so that an accurate picture of each student’s progress is always available.”
 
From our 1972 prospectus: “A view of the Forwarding Room from where lessons are despatched to students.”
 
From our 1972 prospectus: “All lessons are produced at Wolsey Hall to ensure rapid up-dating of courses.”
 
From our 1972 prospectus: “A view of the Registry where students’ programmes are prepared.”
 
From our 1975 prospectus: “A view of the Wolsey Hall Library where book orders and queries receive personal attention.”
 
From our 1975 prospectus: “Individual replies are made to all administrative queries from students by members of the Registry Staff.”
 

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One response to “Correspondence School – Wolsey Hall 1964-1975”

I was a student of Wolsey Hall in 1975 (by correspondence). If you can provide me with the double entry booking keeping lessons I will appreciate.

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