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The United Nations feel is reinforced by the lack of uniform. There is a three Bs rule for girls (decent covering of body parts beginning with B) and a ‘no low slung pants’ rule for boys, but otherwise anything goes. The by-product of this informality, according to the head, is a strengthening of staff/student relations. Interchanges I overheard were spirited and challenging...

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What the school says...

The Cherwell School is a high performing and oversubscribed specialist school in Oxford (1814 students on roll, including 450 in the Sixth Form). We have all the advantages of being a large school in that we offer a very wide range of curricular and extracurricular opportunities. However, our two sites enable us to create smaller and more personal units whithin the whole school. This makes it easier to know, support and value each student; in this school each individual matters to us.

We consider ourselves to be ‘A Centre of Opportunity’ and we aim to make this a deeper reality for all of our students and staff in the years to come. Our aims are supported by our specialisms in Science with Mathematics and we are a Training School committed to professional development. We also hold Investors in People certification and the International Schools Award.

Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Winner of the 2014 Good Schools Guide Award for Excellence at an English Comprehensive School for Girls taking Mathematics (further) (GCE A level)

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Special Education Needs

Many students at the school have special educational needs – physical, academic, social or emotional and behavioural. There is a learning base and a behaviour base on both sites providing support to students in a variety of ways. In-class support involves a Teaching Assistant being in a class to give help to students, who are thus enabled to keep pace with the rest of the class. In a few cases this support is for a particular student, but more generally it is shared between several. Small group withdrawal caters for a small number of students who need extra help with basic literacy, numeracy or social skills. Very occasionally a student is withdrawn for one-to-one work. Learning Support staff also act in an advisory capacity to staff in all curriculum areas, providing resources and strategies for students with Special Educational Needs. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
BESD - Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulty
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
Visual Impairment

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