Waddesdon Church of England School

“‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” Read More

The theme of hope for the future is fundamental to our school’s values and everything that we stand for. It is eloquently articulated in the Bible Verse of the Year that our students have chosen for this academic year: “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.’” The verse is from the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, Chapter 29, Verse 11.

The prophet Jeremiah was writing around 600 years before the birth of Christ, principally for the Jews who had been forcibly deported to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar II. In this part of his prophecy, Jeremiah looks forward to the joyous restoration of the Jews to their homeland, which took place about 60 years after they had been taken into captivity and followed the declaration of King Cyrus II of Persia in 538 BC. Christian scholars have also interpreted it as anticipating the arrival of the Saviour, Jesus Christ, who would restore the fortunes of his people by ‘paying the ransom’ required to free them from their captivity to sin and death and bring them to glorious new life through the restoration of their relationship with God.

The hope we have for our school community is rich, profound and exciting and within that broad context we wish all of our students and staff an outstandingly successful year.

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.