Waddesdon Church of England School is an all-ability 11-18 secondary school with around 1,000 students on roll, including 300 students in the Sixth Form. Our daily routines and educational practice are rooted in the twin values of Dignity and Respect.
Just as it “takes a village to raise a child”, so does it take a whole school community, in partnership with families, to educate a young person for life. We believe in positive relationships and promote the value of being a purposeful and productive member of the community in our work with our young people.
We were inspected by Ofsted in December, 2021 and re-designated Outstanding in every category. The report highlights the shared emphasis that we place on personal development and academic success. The opening line encapsulates our educational vision: “Waddesdon Church of England school changes pupils’ lives for the better.”
As a Church of England school within the Diocese of Oxford, our values are grounded in the Christian faith, although we welcome equally young people and staff of all faiths and none. An inspection by the Society for the Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools in March 2018 also judged the school to be Outstanding as a Church of England school.
“I strongly believe we have Waddesdon School to thank for our daughter’s success as I do not think she would have achieved the grades she did had she not have gone to your school and she certainly wouldn’t have chosen a Media degree had it not been for some truly inspirational and encouraging teaching.”
“I just wanted to email and say massive thank you. I have been absolutely blown away by how the school has dealt with the covid pandemic and the education of our children. The constant communication throughout has been second to none and at no point have I ever felt unsure of what is happening. Personally, I feel my two boys have not suffered with their education, and with a little bit of help from us at home, seem to still be pushing those grades higher. I am so proud.”
“My son’s move to Waddesdon for Sixth Form has absolutely been the right move for him and I can’t thank the school enough as, despite the COVID situation, he has blossomed and grown in confidence just as his brother did during his time at Waddesdon. We are very privileged that our sons have had the opportunity to attend such a fantastic school. Waddesdon will always hold a special place in our hearts and we will always be truly grateful for all of the encouragement, support and of course high standard of education that our children have received.”
“As we end this term like no other, I wanted to express my huge thanks and admiration of the way the school have soldiered on dealing with all the new and challenging situations with calmness, thoroughness and professionalism, keeping us all informed at every step of the way. The manner in which you have, only makes me more proud of the school I am lucky to have had my two children attend.”
“Our daughter only began at Waddesdon during her A level studies. As a new student she was instantly welcomed and did not feel out of place at all. She absolutely loved her time and has made many friends for life. It has been one of the best decisions she has made, wanting to study with you.”
“I read the latest newsletter with a sense of joy and humility. To read and see so many youngsters thinking, responding, reflecting, flourishing is amazing. How lucky are these young people? How bright is their future!”
“Given the current economic climate, this school has been exceptional and I am so grateful to all the staff for making my daughter happy and safe, and providing her with so many opportunities to flourish. Thank you.”
“My son has grown into a wonderful young man, ready to take on the world. Without your time, care, love and determination, this would not be the case. You all have been truly amazing.”
Filmed during the pandemic, this virtual tour of Waddesdon’s School gives you an insight into the wonderful facilities and resources on offer to our students.