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Welcome to Waddesdon CofE School

Waddesdon Church of England School is an outstanding, coeducational academy within the Diocese of Oxford. In September 2011, the Department for Education granted the school Academy status.


As a Church of England school, Waddesdon has very strong values and a clearly-defined culture and ethos. Every day begins with School Assembly, where our values are reinforced and aspiration and achievement are strongly promoted. The school benefits from excellent support from the Diocese of Oxford and local churches and organisations of different denominations.

During its history, the school has been successively a special agreement school, grant maintained and voluntary aided. These manifestations have had an impact. Probably the most formative period was when the school was grant maintained. During that time the school’s organisation became geared to well-defined accountability, including high academic achievement, good facilities and financial probity.

As a rural school, strong links with the community, through feeder primary schools, and church and village groups are valued. The Waddesdon Estate, separate from Waddesdon Manor (National Trust) and the Rothschild family are all very supportive of the school.

The school is situated on a beautiful, open site on the edge of the Waddesdon Estate. It was opened in September 1962 with approximately 200 pupils! At that time its role in the community was clear – to serve a large rural catchment area. The school now caters for approximately 1,000 boys and girls aged between 11 and 18. Over the past five years the Sixth Form has grown and there are now around 270 students in KS5, with many pupils seeking to join the school from a wide range of neighbouring schools.

School facilities have continually been extended and refurbished, ensuring that Waddesdon is well equipped to meet the educational demands of the 21st Century. Waddesdon has expanded provision for ICT and is committed to Technology and the Performing Arts. There are no temporary classrooms. Our school library has recently undergone a major re-design and refurbishment to equip it as a state-of-the-art centre of learning and resources.

The school recognizes that happy and secure students are most likely to gain maximum benefit from their time at Waddesdon. The school has a highly developed system of pastoral care with the pastoral management of the students being organised in mixed ability tutor groups, within a year system. Form tutors, who move through the school with their form, play a crucial role in the pastoral organisation of the school and their work is coordinated by the Heads of Year. Parents receive regular progress reports and there is at least one teacher-parent consultation meeting each year. In addition, the school publishes a newsletter 5 times a year and a range of information booklets designed to support students and parents.


There is healthy support for a wide range of after-school activities. Music, Drama, Art and PE contribute significantly to the extramural life of the school and Waddesdon seeks to enrich and supplement its formal curriculum with a range of extra curricular activities. The school offers and encourages competitive sport, both internally (with inter-form matches) and externally (against local schools). Students are encouraged to pursue their sporting interests to the highest level, both within and outside school.

Facilities available

Cedars Restaurant Common Room Digital Art and Music Suites Floodlit Astro Turf ICT Suites Sports Hall Study Centre Weights and Fitness Room

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Waddesdon CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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