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Not a 'stand aside, call me Sir' school; equitable outlook extends beyond the classroom so expect to find staff queuing and eating with children. 'Can do, will do' attitude means there's never a lack of volunteers, even if they're not quite sure what they are volunteering for! Happy to get their hands dirty and rise to any challenge. Emphasis on team work. Lack of overt competitive edge means some parents feel it isn't...

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Sibford School is set in more than 50 acres of grounds and is surrounded by glorious Oxfordshire countryside.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage, for three to five year olds, provides a perfect entry into school life. The Junior School offers children the space to grow and provides them with an unrivalled learning environment where they can develop key skills and benefit from the freedom to explore the natural world. At Senior School we aim to stimulate our pupils with a thirst for life-long learning, offering a broad and balanced curriculum, which reflects our view that while some may have a talent for mathematics, science or history, others may be gifted in the arts, horticulture or sport. Post 16, Sibford Sixth Form offers students a place where they can develop academically, intellectually, personally and socially and where one-to-one support is provided to enable them to become the best they possibly can.

Boarders, whether full, weekly or flexi, form part of a friendly, family community where they are valued and well cared for. Sibford is also home to a small international community, which welcomes students from across the world and helps them to learn and perfect their language skills.
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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Statistics at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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Since September 2016, Mr Toby Spence, who was previously head of Greensteds, an all-through, co-educational, British curriculum, international day and boarding school in Kenya. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Toby was brought up as a Quaker. He attended the King’s School in Tynemouth and went on to study history and PE at Sheffield before beginning his teaching career in 1992. Five years as head of history at Bootham, a Quaker school in York, and in 2007 was appointed director of learning at Yarm School in Stockton-on-Tees. In 2011, 24 years after leaving its sixth form, Toby returned to his old school, King’s, as deputy head. He began his headship in Kenya in 2013.

Toby is married to Jill and they have three young children, who are all excited about their move...

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Special Education Needs

Sibford School is a mainstream school catering for children aged 3 -18. We have a national reputation for our work with dyslexic children and up to 30% of our children enjoy a range of additional support - this could be up to a maximum of 5 individual/small group sessions a week. We are registered with CReSTeD (The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils) who, following their 2008 inspection, noted: 'The ethos of the school is one of developing the whole child and providing the best opportunity. The [Dyslexia] department ensures full entitlement and access for dyslexic pupils to high quality education within a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. In so doing the children are enabled to reach their full potential and to integrate seamlessly into the mainstream.' As a Quaker school, we value that of God in everyone and seek to develop and nurture individual talents. This often finds its expression in art, music or drama, but we offer the full curriculum, enriched by an impressive range of extra curricular activities, especially for our boarding pupils. A limited number of learning support places is available each year; we believe that our pastoral care is second to none and take pride in producing young people who are self-confident but not arrogant. Our value added results consistently place us in the top 500 schools. We would be happy to give parent enquirers the opportunity to talk to our current parents, to visit the school, or make arrangements for your child to try a taster day. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your enquiry.

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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