Cherwell School

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The Cherwell School
Established 1963
Type Academy
Headteacher Paul James
Location Marston Ferry Road
England Coordinates: 51°46′30″N 1°15′41″W / 51.774983°N 1.261459°W / 51.774983; -1.261459
Local authority Oxfordshire
DfE number 931/4116
DfE URN 137970 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1773
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

The Cherwell School is a secondary school with academy status on the Marston Ferry Road in Oxford, England. The current school site was built in 1963 as a secondary modern school, later becoming the main comprehensive school for North Oxford. It consistently ranks among the top ten state schools for Oxbridge entry. Along with later expansions, in 2003, and as part of a city-wide reorganisation, it merged with the Frideswide Middle School, and is now a split site school of 1,700 pupils aged between 11 and 19.

Recent changes[edit]

The North site has recently undergone construction work, with the extension of the Sixth form common room. The original design, to accommodate only 100 pupils in years 12 and 13, became inadequate in recent years for the 300 or more pupils currently in the sixth form.[citation needed]

The main building work was construction of a new building alongside the existing block, and then removing the internal wall to create a much larger space. On the second floor of the structure, the school library has been extended to include quiet study areas, each with computer and desk facilities.

The Cherwell School's previous headteacher was Mr N McGowan. McGowan announced his departure on 2 April 2010 after 8 months in post.[citation needed]. McGowan left at the end of May 2010 and was replaced by acting head Paul James. In October, Paul James was appointed Headteacher.

The school currently has the largest number of students of any state school in Oxfordshire.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Cherwell School alumni are called Cherwellians:

The Student Union[edit]

In March 2014 the Cherwell Student Union was formed. The union was formed on the premise of working to help protect each and every student. The student union allows anyone to join who is at the school.

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