Welcome to the Oxford Summer School

Welcome to the universally acclaimed Oxford Summer School, the ‘blue riband’ training and development event of the retail calendar, run by retailers, for retailers.

Many of today’s retail leaders have experienced the School as delegates and in many cases, refer to the experience as a ‘watershed moment’ in their career.  Read more...

Take a look inside the first OSS Foundation programme that took place July 2012 and hear how it went

The Oxford Summer Schools

Oxford Summer School management development programmes offer a unique learning experience for talented professionals from UK, international and leading independent retailers. . 

OSS has been nurturing talented retailers for 90 years; many of the OSS team are retailers themselves and care passionately about the future of retail.


OSS FOUNDATION 2018 SOLD OUT. With a month to go we’re delighted that all places have been booked for the OSS Foundation 2018. It shows that even in tough market conditions retailers recognise the importance of developing their top talent.


The Academy inspires delegates to consider how they can more successfully affect the retail environment in which they work, specifically; their own performance, the performance of their team and their ability to influence the commercial performance of their part of the company.


The Masters programme is to encourage delegates to look at things differently and to find their own creative solutions to high level strategic issues.

Countdown to the schools

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  • It has been an amazing week...a truly great experience I would recommend to all in retail for further development.
    Seema Thakrar, Aurora Fashions
  • By far the most inspirational, incredible experience of my career so far whilst also giving me the opportunity to develop on a personal level.
    Kirsty Blyde, Harrods
  • A full on week which was eye opening! I feel I have learnt some extremely beneficial skills and can build on these at an early stage in my career!
    Sarah Abbot, B&Q
  • Amazing, inspiring, energetic and focussed throughout. All the tasks were well organised and impacted on the whole week!
    Alicia Dickenson, M&S
  • The single most valuable thing I have done in my life. A truly awe-inspiring experience. I fell in love with retail, all over again!
    Samantha Ackland-Jones, Steamer Trading
  • The Academy is a must do, a truly once in a lifetime experience – it changed my perception of life and work.
    Chris Iverson, Marks & Spencer
  • The Academy is an intense but safe environment to try out new styles of management, learn new commercial skills and apply them immediately.
    Holly Hughes-Metcalf, Harrods
  • I now understand the bigger picture of business and how retail is moving forward – Oxford Summer School offered lots of great insights that I have taken back to my company.
    Hayley Mead, The Disney Store
  • A fantastic experience that will assist me in achieving my potential and a development course that is a great investment to all companies within retail sector.
    Robert Haining, Nike
  • This Masters was enlightening, challenging, rewarding, unbelievable, fun and memorable. It was an experience like no other and one I will never forget.
    Jemma Banks, Mothercare
  • The Masters is inspirationally thought provoking on more levels than I could have ever imagined.
    Craig Brackner, Thorntons
  • The Masters is a great opportunity to work with and meet impressive people from very different parts of the industry whilst gaining valuable insights into important trends and ideas.
    Joshua Doctor, Westfield
  • The Oxford Summer School Masters was a fantastic experience, potentially the most valuable programme I have attended during my career.
    Robin Stevens, McArthurGlen

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