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  • The Cherwell School
    Marston Ferry Road
    OX2 7EE
  • Head: Mr Chris Price
  • T 01865 558719
  • F 01865 311165
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 1,858
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 29th January 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The welcome is warm and genuine. What started out in the 60s as a small secondary modern is now an academy and a leader in the Oxfordshire partnerships drive, with an active programme to share expertise with local secondary schools and raise standards in primary ones. It offers a breadth of subjects at GCSE, both academic and practical, from dance to product design. The science specialist status attracts large numbers who pursue physics and further maths in sixth form.  The school boasts first place in the ‘cycling to school’ league, with an advisor on hand to new entrants to advise on bike routes. The lively Cycle Club...

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What the school says...

The Cherwell School is a high performing and oversubscribed specialist school in Oxford (1858 students on roll, including 515 in the Sixth Form). We have all the advantages of being a large school in that we offer a very wide range of curricular and extracurricular opportunities. However, our two sites enable us to create smaller and more personal units whithin the whole school. This makes it easier to know, support and value each student; in this school each individual matters to us.

We consider ourselves to be A Centre of Opportunity and we aim to make this a deeper reality for all of our students and staff in the years to come. Our aims are supported by our specialisms in Science with Mathematics and we are a Training School committed to professional development. We also hold Investors in People certification and the International Schools Award.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Mathematics (Further) at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

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

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2016, Chris Price. Appointed as an NQT in 1992, he is a rare example of someone who has progressed through to headship from within. Formerly deputy headteacher and head of school, he is married, with three children at state schools locally. He is a former captain of Oxford Harlequins Rugby Club.

Academic matters

Cherwell has maintained its place as one of the best state secondary schools in the county, oversubscribed and building on its impressive sixth form reputation. It offers a breadth of subjects at GCSE, both academic and practical, from dance to product design. The science specialist status attracts large numbers who pursue physics and further maths in sixth form. History and English are popular and all take citizenship at GCSE. German or Spanish and French are supplemented by trips abroad. Maths is...

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Special Education Needs

Many students at the school have special educational needs – physical, academic, social or emotional and behavioural. There is a learning base and a behaviour base on both sites providing support to students in a variety of ways. In-class support involves a Teaching Assistant being in a class to give help to students, who are thus enabled to keep pace with the rest of the class. In a few cases this support is for a particular student, but more generally it is shared between several. Small group withdrawal caters for a small number of students who need extra help with basic literacy, numeracy or social skills. Very occasionally a student is withdrawn for one-to-one work. Learning Support staff also act in an advisory capacity to staff in all curriculum areas, providing resources and strategies for students with Special Educational Needs. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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