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A great feature of the school is the wealth of foreign trips, mostly sports and language related - including destinations such as Ecuador, Paris, Berlin, Iceland and Russia as well as World Challenge trips to Bolivia and the Galapagos Islands - organised by enthused staff and, says the head, very well supported by parents. An impressive business teaching facility and very good, new science labs. All parts of the school are well ordered - no tatty displays - though possibly more could be done...

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Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE Short Course)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

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

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Since 2013, Matthew Evans, previously deputy head of the Henry Box School in Witney. Has won a national teaching award for achievements in enterprise education; his first leadership post was coordinating a school's business and enterprise specialism.

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A comprehensive school taking the full ability range and achieving very good results: 71 per cent got five or more GCSEs at A*-C including maths and English in 2016; 33 per cent A*/A grades. At A level, 53 per cent A*-B grades. Sciences very strong throughout, as are languages (French and Spanish plus Latin at GCSE). Art and design students do extremely well at A level, as do English, business, sociology and media studies. A great strength is range of subjects - 24 at A level plus a handful of vocational subjects, including engineering. Specialist teachers for...

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