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We cannot recall touring a school and hearing the head’s name mentioned so frequently: ‘They were Mr Ettinger’s idea - some people didn’t get them at first but now everyone loves them,’ (of the delightful metal animal and bird sculptures that pop up on lawns, walls and roofs) or, of the excellent...

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Cokethorpe is a vibrant, dynamic and stimulating day school for 660 girls and boys aged 4 to 18. It is set in 150 acres of beautiful Oxfordshire parkland, two miles from Witney and ten miles from Oxford. We are a nurturing family inspired by our environment, paying attention to the overall development of our pupils and where those entrusted to our care receive an enriching and varied education, with countless opportunities across the broadest possible range to develop the diverse talents of all our pupils.

Academic standards are high and there is a strong Performing Arts and sporting tradition. We are proud of our reputation for being a happy and caring community.
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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Science (Core) at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Psychology at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Science (Core) at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Psychology at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Since 2002, Mr Damian Ettinger BA MA PGCE (40s). Educated St Joseph’s College (Beulah Hill), Universities of Manchester and Surrey (theology and philosophy). Previously head of theology and housemaster at Downside and before that at Prior Park College, Bath. Teaches theology up to GCSE and philosophy in the sixth form. Voluble and delightfully opinionated, his passion for Cokethorpe and all it can do for its pupils is undimmed since our last visit. We searched high and low for evidence of squashed laurels in Mr Ettinger’s wood-clad study but found none.

We cannot recall touring a school and hearing the head’s name mentioned so frequently: ‘They were Mr Ettinger’s idea - some people didn’t get them at first but now everyone loves them’ (of the delightful metal animal and bird sculptures that...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support Department is a resource which exists to strengthen and support learning across the whole ability range. This encompasses a very wide range of issues. As a consequence, our response must be a flexible one which includes a variety of approaches to the varying needs of our pupils. Our role also requires us to support the staff and to disseminate good practice throughout the school. Our main teaching and learning objectives can be summarised as follows: first and foremost we are here to improve the skills of those students who have difficulties acquiring the basics of literacy and numeracy. There is a need to recognise, however, that there comes a time when other needs predominate, and there is a gradual move towards the teaching of basic skills through other, curriculum based tasks. We work on study skills, individual learning styles and highlight strengths and the application of strategies. We look to improve: thinking skills; time management and planning; revision and exam techniques; and knowledge and use of ICT. At a personal level we encourage: self-awareness and self-analysis; organisation; acceptance of constructive criticism; pro-active problem solving and the discussion of issues of importance to the individual. Additionally we seek to boost confidence and self-esteem. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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 Y
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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