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Welcome to The Cherwell School

Our Commitment

The Cherwell School welcomes and values all members of the school community in an atmosphere of learning which is friendly, supportive and challenging.

We want our students:

  • To work hard and achieve their best
  • To value learning as a lifetime activity
  • To behave responsibly, courteously and with consideration for the needs and rights of others
  • To be involved in the life of the school and of the wider community and by so doing to become responsible and successful citizens
  • To mature in self-confidence, self-discipline and understanding of other people
  • To take pride in what they do and to gain satisfaction and enjoyment from their achievements

The Cherwell School Aims

The Cherwell School is A Centre of Opportunity where, as a community of individuals, we are committed to and enthusiastic about creating and using opportunities to their fullest extent. This is so that students, staff and members of the wider school community can enjoy success and be well-equipped for the future. We are an outstanding school and we know we can further extend and enrich what we do.


Individuals have the opportunity to develop their abilities and talents, and to be successful. We want everyone within our community to be nurtured, challenged and encouraged to make the most of opportunities.   


As a community of individuals, we recognise that we have a range of responsibilities. Team work and collective responsibility support the success of individuals, the school and the wider community.   


There is a commitment to excellence in all that we do. We have a culture of high expectations. We expect to do well both as individuals and collectively.

About us

The Cherwell School’s sixth form is highly regarded and successful. We are committed to helping all our students to achieve success. We provide a friendly and stimulating environment in which students achieve the highest standards in their work and benefit from a variety of other activities and opportunities. Students enjoy an excellent curriculum which offers a wide choice of subjects.

The school aims, which can be found in the prospectus, underpin our commitment to provide opportunities for all our students to succeed and be well prepared for the future. Our curriculum is designed to equip students with a range of experiences and skills, in addition to qualifications, to allow progression to higher education, training or employment. It is important that students, parents and carers understand the structure of the qualifications in order to make the right choices.

As you are probably aware A levels have been changing. From September 2017, the vast majority of A level courses will be two year linear courses with examinations at the end of Year 13. The exceptions to this rule are mathematics, further mathematics and design technology which retain the AS/A2 format. In the sixth form we would expect most students to follow a programme which includes:

  •  Three full A level courses* 
  • An Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Social Wellbeing Programme 
  • Tutor time, including a weekly assembly 
  • Opportunities to take part in a range of other activities and programmes including, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Sports Leadership, Arts Award, Peer Support/Mentoring, Faculty Support Assistant, Young Enterprise and other volunteering opportunities

At Cherwell we offer a package that we believe maximises the students’ opportunities, choices and success.

Learner success

Our recent public examination results exemplify our high standards as we continue to be one of the top comprehensive school sixth forms nationally. For instance, in the Daily Telegraph’s August 2016 League Table, with 65.33% of grades at A* - B, The Cherwell School’s sixth form ranks as the top comprehensive in Oxfordshire, and 29th in England and Wales.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact The Cherwell School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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