Chipping Norton School

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Chipping Norton School is located in Oxfordshire
Chipping Norton School
Location of Chipping Norton School in Oxfordshire
Chipping Norton School
Established 1928
Type Academy
Headteacher Simon Duffy
Location Burford Road
Chipping Norton
Coordinates: 51°56′14″N 1°32′36″W / 51.93717°N 1.54335°W / 51.93717; -1.54335
Local authority Oxfordshire
DfE URN 137936
Ofsted Reports
Students 1100
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Chipping Norton School is a mixed secondary school with academy status located in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. It is attended by 1000 students, with 200 in Sixth Form. It has no specific religious denomination and is non-boarding.

The school has a specialist status as an Arts College and was given a further Science College specialism in 2009.

The current head teacher is Simon Duffy, who replaced Richard Graydon in 2005.

The school joined the River Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust on 1st March 2017.[1]


There are four houses, Evenlode, Glyme, Windrush and Stour. The school usually has competitions to see which house is the best (Sports Day).


The 2015 Ofsted report gave the school a grade of 4 - inadequate. It has subsequently been placed in 'special measures'

An Ofsted report in 2007 gave the school an overall rating of 2, or good (1 being outstanding, 3 satisfactory and 4 inadequate). It received a 2 in all sections of the report with the exception of 'Curriculum and Other Activities', where it received a 3.

The 2012 Ofsted report gave the school the following ratings: Overall effectiveness - 2, Achievement of pupils - 2, Quality of teaching - 2, Behaviour and safety of pupils - 2, Leadership and management - 2. Two areas for improvement were identified: 'strengthen leadership and management' : 'increase the proportion of good and outstanding teaching'.[2]

Notable pupils[edit]

Walter Padley (1916-1984), President of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers 1948–1964, Member of Parliament 1950-1979, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs 1964-1967, Labour Party chairman 1965-1966.

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