Choosing the best primary school for your child is a process that requires a great deal of research and thought. A good basis to start from are recent Ofsted reports and league tables, but you also need to think about important factors like admission criteria, behaviour policy and feedback from other parents.
To get you started, we have picked out what we consider to be five of the best primary schools in the Oxford area:
1. Wolvercote Primary School
Wolvercote Primary School is a community school located just to the north of Oxford and offers a beautiful location for young children to be taught, with Port Meadow, the Oxford Canal and Wytham Woods right on the doorstep. Teachers aim to make the most of these natural learning environments for attending pupils.
In the recent Ofsted report, the school scored an overall ‘Good’ for pupil behaviour and safety, achievement of pupils, and quality of leadership. With Matthew Coatsworth as the current headmaster the school is also aiming to build on these previous successes.
2. Botley School
Botley School provides a rewarding learning environment for children from 3-11 years old and was given an overall rating of ‘Good’ in the recent Ofsted report. The success of the school is aided by the presence of highly motivated staff.
The school aims to provide a brave, imaginative and exciting curriculum which allows children to thrive. There are also many extra-curricular and after school activities, including football and athletics clubs and other outdoor learning.
3. Windmill Primary School
Windmill Primary School received an overall rating of ‘Good’ in the recent Ofsted report and provides an excellent learning environment in the surrounding environment of Headington. There are breakfast and after school clubs, as well as fun activities to help children learn, ranging from bake offs and orchestra, to eco activities and sports clubs.
Lynn Knapp, Headteacher, maintains a strong emphasis on ensuring children have the opportunity to experience a creative and energising curriculum. This has led to high academic progress for students and a strong sense of community beyond the school gates.
4. West Oxford Community Primary School
Built all the way back in 1913 and having undergone many changes to become the spacious school it is now, West Oxford Community Primary School received an overall score of ‘Good’ in its recent Ofsted report and provides a creative project-based learning curriculum.
Located on Ferry Hinksey Road, the school has great facilities including a large playground, excellent Early Years outdoor learning and a large school field. Extra-curricular activities range from violin and piano lessons to art club and ballet, so there’s plenty for young minds to enjoy.
5. St Barnabas Primary School
Another good choice of primary school in the area of Oxford is St Barnabas, which was given an overall score of ‘Good’ in the recent Ofsted report. It provides a learning environment that is rich in history but with a modern emphasis.
This is another school that places a strong emphasis on eco awareness, which is an important aspect for helping children understand the environment in which they live.
If you are looking for schools in Oxford and interested in property in the local area, visit one of our local branches to receive expert advice from our team.
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