Wykham Park Academy

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Wykham Park Academy
Ruskin Road

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OX16 9HY

Coordinates52°03′01″N 1°20′38″W / 52.050263°N 1.343858°W / 52.050263; -1.343858Coordinates: 52°03′01″N 1°20′38″W / 52.050263°N 1.343858°W / 52.050263; -1.343858
TypeSecondary Academy
Local authorityOxfordshire
PrincipalSylvia Thomas
Age11 to 18

Wykham Park Academy is a coeducational academy school situated on Ruskin Road, in the Easington ward of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. The school has a sixth form. Formerly Banbury School, it has been an academy since 2012, originally under the name of Banbury Academy. In September 2018, the school changed its name to Wykham Park Academy Banbury.[1]


Wykham Park Academy used to be three separate schools. These were:

  • Stanbridge Hall (the former grammar school)
  • Wykham Hall
  • Broughton Hall

Before the school's name was changed to Banbury Grammar School in 1946, it was called Banbury County School and was a mixed school for boys and girls from the ages of 11 to 18/19. It was founded in 1893. Wykham Hall was built in about 1953 and was called Easington Modern Boys' School. When the schools merged they became Banbury School, with Harry Judge as the founding Principal.[2] The school became an academy, originally called Banbury Academy, on 1 August 2012.[3]

Banbury and Drayton merger proposal[edit]

In April 2003, there was a proposal which suggested that Banbury School and Drayton School should be merged as one school, while Blessed George Napier Roman Catholic School, which is situated next to Banbury School, would move to the site of Drayton School.[4] The idea met with opposition from many in the local community because it would have meant an increase in journey time for those students who attend Drayton School. Many argued that it would mean a loss of parental choice and would mean that Banbury School would lose its identity. As a result, the proposed merger was rejected.[5]

New building programme[edit]

The new Stanbridge building at Wykham Park Academy from the south

Oxfordshire County Council spent £6 million on a new two-storey, V-shaped building to replace the old Stanbridge building. The New Stanbridge building was officially opened on 13 March 2009 by Michael Gove MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and includes the English, Maths, Humanities, Languages, RE, IT and Business departments, with 28 classrooms.[6] The old building and some associated land was subsequently sold, causing local controversy.[7]

Banbury Area Sixth Form[edit]

The sixth form serves students from the town of Banbury and surrounding villages. It offers over 30 A-Level courses as well as the option to resit Maths and English at GCSE. The sixth form has undergone extensive development and it now contains a common room, study area and computer suite for use by all sixth formers, plus classrooms and offices in the original sixth form block. The students play an active role in the way that the sixth form is run in the form of a student council, led by the principal students with representatives from each mentor group. They organise social events such as the end of year prom and charity events, most recently the Children in Need appeal.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Prestidge, Stuart (28 March 2018). "Banbury Academy reborn with new name, logo and motto". Banbury Guardian. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  2. ^ Crossman, Richard (1975). The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister. 1. Hamish Hamilton. ISBN 0241891108.
  3. ^ Hammans, Fiona B. (July 2012). "Banbury Academy" (PDF). Banbury School Newsletter Term 6. p. 1. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  4. ^ BBC NEWS | England | Protest over schools merger
  5. ^ BBC NEWS | England | Oxfordshire | School may become 'city academy'
  6. ^ Mcgregor, Sam (20 March 2009). "Celebrations as school wing opens". The Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  7. ^ Evans, Oliver (12 October 2011). "School's sale sparks anger". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 22 January 2019.