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Lots of fresh air, smiley faces, muddy knees and heaps of praise. Despite relaxed ambience, pupils work hard and school’s academic record is impressive. At breaktime youngsters help themselves to cheese, crispbread, raw vegetables and fruit (they can bring in their own snacks on Fridays – no chocolate, though) before racing off to play outside in all weathers...

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What the school says...

Carrdus School is set in the country above Banbury. For over 60 years it has encouraged children to make a confident start to school life and develop areas for success. It is a cheerful school, with a relaxed atmosphere, where disciplined behaviour, hard work and a good standard of manners are expected and achieved. ...Read more

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Since 2012, Edward Way BSc (40s). Educated at Radley College and UCL, where he read geology. PGCE at University of Bath, followed by posts at Cothill, Chandlings, Cheam School and Lambrook School, then 10 years as head at Great Tew Primary School, 12 miles away.


Junior school is currently full to bursting – tribute, says school, to the amazing staff. No entrance test – ‘It’s first come, first served’. Very broad intake. Majority of pupils come from Banbury and surrounding villages, with parents registering children up to three years in advance. Most common entry points are nursery, reception and year 3, but it’s worth trying in between too. No scholarships offered but means-tested bursaries sometimes available.

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Special Education Needs

SEN to us covers both ends of the spectrum: from gifted-and-talented to pupils with quite a level of learning difficulties. Our provision aims to meet needs as fully as possible; which will be some one-to-one work with ALL children in school, and individual or small-group work with a number of them. Three teachers work in this way, one each for English, Maths and Science. A further two teachers give general support or extension work. This additional tuition, given at our discretion, is a "value-added" part of our normal school curriculum, usually much enjoyed by the children concerned. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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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