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Parents we spoke to were all extremely happy with the ‘fantastic’ teaching – from nursery right through to year 6. ‘The children are happy, they enjoy learning. Yes, they’re pushed, but never too much – the balance is just right’... Bagley Wood address may sound like something out of Tolkein, but while there is a secluded air about Chandlings’ bosky corner of South Oxfordshire, it's incredibly convenient for Oxford, Abingdon and villages between... Chandlings Manor. The name conjours up ancient stones, mullioned windows, the faded grandeur of an ancient aristocratic line. The reality is more of a 62 acre Southfork Ranch/nouveau Cotswold mash-up with added fountains. Parents be reassured, these well-appointed low-rise buildings do, in fact, lend themselves very well to a school. 

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What the school says...

Chandlings provides a well-integrated, broad and stimulating education for its pupils. It is highly successful in several important areas: in the educational experience it provides, pupils' learning skills and personal development, the quality of pastoral care, links with the community and the leadership of the school. Children in the Early Years receive an excellent start to their education.

Provision for two year olds is now available in Chandlings Nursery, (flexible sessions).
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What the parents say...

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Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2018, Christine Cook, previously head of Cokethorpe Junior School for 11 years. Educated Westminster College, Oxford. Formerly director of studies at Chandlings, teaching houseparent at The Dragon School, head of year at The Oxford Academy (formerly Peers School) taught at Guildford Grammar School, Western Australia.


Main entry points are nursery and reception, but children are accepted into all year groups if space allows. Chandlings takes a broad range of abilities; candidates are assessed to see where they lie within their cohort and places are offered ‘provided the school can accommodate their needs.’

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Special Education Needs

Most children's needs can be met within the classroom through differentiated tasks and provision, particularly in the early stages. All children are taught in mixed ability classes apart from maths and spelling in which they are set or grouped according to their levels of achievement in the Prep Department. According to pupil needs, individual or group lessons may be offered with specialist teachers in the Learning Support Department. The SENCO manages this experienced team which offers advice, support, training and teaching within the school. The focus of the department is on early identification and positive intervention with regard to some specific learning needs and to offer a 'boost' to English skills if indicated.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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