Waddesdon Church of England School

"This is what the LORD says: 'Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.'" - Jeremiah, Chapter 6, Verse 16. Read More

Earlier this year a group of our students chose the above verse as the school's Bible Verse of the Year for 2014 - 15. The verse speaks of the importance of seeking tried and tested wisdom and applying it as a guide in everyday life.

So often nowadays we are encouraged to seek quick fixes to problems or to follow whatever ethical code happens to fashionable at the time. This can lead to confusion as different voices compete with one another to offer different solutions to life's problems and challenges.

Around 600 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, the prophet Jeremiah urged the people to seek after the 'ancient paths' and 'the good way' in order to find peace in their lives, or, as he put it, 'rest for your souls'. It is my prayer that during their time with us our young people and the adults who serve them might discover and learn more about this ancient wisdom and that we might experience the peace that comes from its application in our lives.

Waddesdon Church of England School is a co-educational 11-18 secondary school with just under 1,000 students on roll, of which around 260 are in the Sixth Form. In the most recent inspection of September 2006, the school was judged by OfSTED to be an outstanding school. A further inspection by the Society for the Inspection of Anglican Schools in February 2013 also judged the school to be outstanding as a faith school. In recent years the school has held specialisms in the Visual Arts and Mathematics and Computing and has been designated a High Performing Specialist School and the Lead School in the Aylesbury Vale Leading Edge Partnership. In September 2011, the Department for Education granted the school Academy status.

While the national Specialist Schools programme came to an end in 2011, the legacy of our years as a specialist school mean that Waddesdon Church of England School continues to be a centre of particular excellence in the Visual Arts and Mathematics and Computing.

As a Church of England school within the Diocese of Oxford, our values are rooted and grounded in the Christian faith, although we welcome equally young people and staff of all faiths and none.