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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....

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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.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Mathematics (Further) at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking French at an English Comprehensive School (Edexcel Certificates)
  • Best performance by Girls taking French at an English Comprehensive School (Edexcel Certificates)

What The Good Schools Guide says

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...


Since 2010, Mr Paul James MA (Cantab) NPQH (30s). Appointed first as deputy then acting head at early departure of the previous incumbent. Previous experience includes deputy head at RGS High Wycombe and head of middle school/assistant head at Magdalen College School, Oxford. Read natural sciences at Cambridge and is a keen triathlon competitor, medal winner at European age-group championships. Married with two primary-aged children. Chairs the Oxford University Department of Education internship team,

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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
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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