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  • Lord Williams's School
    Oxford Road
    Thame
    Oxfordshire
    OX9 2AQ
  • Head: Jon Ryder
  • T 01844 210510
  • F 01844 261382
  • E [email protected]…lliams.oxon.sch.uk
  • W www.lordwilliams.oxon.sch.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 2,153; sixth formers: 521
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th October 2011
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 22nd March 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

 ‘The school gives literally thousands of hours in voluntary service each year through D of E.' All take either French (the class we saw was being taught by a native – nous approuvons) or German in year 7. Strong faculty culture among staff, with a positive buzz around the staff room from teachers who seem genuinely happy to be there...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since September 2019, Jon Ryder. A scientist, he has taught at the school since 1991, becoming head of science in 1996 then deputy head in 2005. Went on the Fulbright exchange programme to Colorado for a year in 2001.

Attended a comprehensive school in west London before studying natural sciences at Cambridge (St John’s College) and later doing his PGCE at King’s College London.

Academic matters

Strong academics given head’s assessment that school is ‘a proper comprehensive’. Most take eight GCSEs - results in 2019 saw 75 per cent of students getting 9-4 in both maths and English, with 26 per cent of grades 9-7. At A level, 43 per cent were graded A*-B and 20 per cent A*/A, a drop from the previous year. Wide range of subjects at both levels, plus...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Provision for Brittle Bone disease. Provision on school trips/activities for medical conditions requiring stomach feed tubes and respiration aids.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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
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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Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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