Sibford Junior

Sibford Junior
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Sibford Junior School, Sibford Ferris, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5QL
OX15 5QL
01295 781265
Admissions Office 01295 781203

Founded in 1989 as the junior school to the established senior school, it occupies its own distinctive area on the campus of over 50 acres of grounds, surrounded by glorious Oxfordshire countryside. The school has a state-of-the-art IT suite and makes use of many of the facilities of the wider school campus, including an indoor swimming pool (all pupils are taught to swim). The rural surroundings are central to the pupils’ learning experience and much of the curriculum involves outdoor learning. Classes are small and the emphasis is on participation and enjoyment. It is a Quaker school, which aims to encourage pupils to exercise self-discipline, showing respect to all regardless of their status; to be sensitive to others and where possible to be peacemakers. An important part of the Quaker contribution to pupils’ spiritual life is the daily Meeting for Worship. The school has a well-established reputation for enabling pupils with various learning difficulties to achieve their full potential; a learning support programme helps pupils develop and improve their literacy and numeracy skills and there is a very strong dyslexia support programme. Almost all pupils go on to Sibford School.

School Head:
Head: Michael Goodwin, in post since 2004. Educated at Bury Grammar School and at universities of Nottingham and London (history). Previously Head of Sheringham High School and Deputy Head of Thorpe St Andrew School. Also on ISC expert group on SEN. Teaching staff: 8 full-time, 7 part-time. Annual turnover 6%. Average age 39.
Pupils do not take any exams.
90% of pupils go on to Sibford School; transfer is automatic.
Up to 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams may be taken. Musical groups include choir, jazz band, wind group, guitar club. All pupils involved in school drama productions (The Gigantic Star and Sheik, Rattle & Roll recently). Art facilities include kiln, pottery, sculpture, textiles and art studio. Regularly takes part in National Gallery’s Take One Picture exhibition. Music, drama, dance and art all offered as extra-curricular activities.
Compulsory sports: rugby, football (boys); netball, hockey (girls); swimming, cross-country, athletics. Optional: sailing, equestrian, skiing. All sports facilities on site. Regular fixtures with local schools; 3 times winner of local swimming gala. Activities: Regular charity fund-raising events. Pupils recently have built a full-size Celtic roundhouse and created an eco greenhouse of fizzy pop bottles; also have grown a number of vegetables, some of which are used by school caterers for school lunches. Some 10 clubs and activities.
Run by Mike Finch c/o the school.