Jon Pebworth (seated right) with the Head and sixth form students in the school libraryWelcome to Wallingford School (although strictly speaking an Academy) where we strive to reflect the community in our school population and also be at the heart of the community .

Wallingford School’s results at both GCSE and A Level have been excellent in recent years and have been at the top or near the top of Oxfordshire state schools during this period.  However the school is not just about examination results, important as they are, but we strive to give the best education experience to all our students no matter their academic abilities.  As our strapline states we aim to “send them into world able and qualified”. For this reason the school does not “chase” exam results preferring to ensure each young person’s education is appropriate to them. For the young person there is also a wide range  of extra-curricular activities including sports, music, drama and the arts to enhance their development and experience.

At the last OFSTED inspection in March 2017 the school was rated as good, but with many aspects of the school deemed as outstanding including quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and effectiveness of leadership and management.   It would be fair to say that the governors and school leadership were disappointed that overall rating was not outstanding, but understood that under the strict interpretation of the then OFSTED criteria there were technical issues which prevented this.

Wallingford School is proud to be both co-educational and comprehensive and embraces these concepts.  The school is currently oversubscribed but we actively seek to admit all applications from within our catchment area as we are keen to be representative of that community.  In order to accommodate the additional numbers wishing to come to the school and also the projected demographic increase of 11 -18 year in our catchment area the school has begun an expansion project to provide 12 new classrooms which is scheduled to come on stream in 2021/2022 academic year.

The school benefits from its association with the Merchants Taylors livery company as part of the Merchant Taylors Oxfordshire Academy Trust, an association that goes back over 350 years to the establishment of a school in Wallingford by Walter Bigg, himself a member of the Merchant Taylors.

The school has an excellent committed teaching and associate staff and it is able to recruit and retain first class employees who are drawn to the excellence of the school and its ethos.  Discipline is good and visitors to school often remark on the vibrant and happy atmosphere when they go round the school.

The Governors are very proud of Wallingford School and what has been achieved and are committed to ensure that these standards are maintained and improved as we move forward into the coming years.

Jon Pebworth

Chair of Governors