Chipping Norton School is a comprehensive school and admits students regardless of ability, gender, ethnic origin or home situation. The school works within the admission arrangements of Oxfordshire County Council.
Some students join us midway through their secondary school career, usually because they have moved house. We are always pleased to show parents round the school (by appointment) and will make all the arrangements for transfer. If you have any queries about joining the school please contact us.
Consultation for Admissions from 2024
The Governors of Chipping Norton School are consulting on the number of pupils who will be admitted to the school in Year 7 from September 2024.
On behalf of the Trustees of River Learning Trust, the Governors of Chipping Norton School are consulting on the proposal to lower the Published Admission Number (PAN) of the school from 240 to 180, from September 2024.
This change is proposed to more closely reflect the actual pupil numbers in the catchment area of the school.
The current PAN for the school is 240, which is aligned to the physical capacity of the site. This means that legally the school is required to take up to 240 pupils per year, should the demand appear, and therefore must staff and plan the school in line with this.
However, for many years, the number of pupils living in the catchment area of Chipping Norton School has been much lower than 240, currently the average year group size is 167.
Oxfordshire County Council are required to ensure there are sufficient school places in the area. They provide projections for demand that includes demand from new houses. OCC predicts that in 2024, when the new admission number would start, there will only be 169 children in the catchment area of the school, some of whom may not choose to attend Chipping Norton School. In 2025 it is estimated that the cohort may be as low as 163. It is therefore considered that a PAN of 180 would be sufficient to meet the needs of the local population.
More longer term projections are not yet available, however, following reductions in the birth rate and based on the number of pupils in primary schools in the area, demand is not likely to exceed the PAN of 180 for some years, even with the new housing in the area. The school will continue to work closely with OCC to ensure there are sufficient places to meet the needs of the local population and will exceed PAN if necessary to accommodate local families. The governors are aware that eventually the PAN will need to increase again in line with new houses in the area.
The proposal to reduce the PAN of the school is therefore to ensure there is no adverse effect on the school’s budget and staffing requirements.
In line with the requirements of the Admissions Code 2021, this consultation seeks to engage with parents and carers of children already at the school, as well as future parents of the school, the staff, other local admissions authorities and other interested parties.
The consultation is open for six weeks, responses must be received by 5pm on 12 December 2022.
The consultation will run from 7 November 2022 to Monday 19 December at 3pm. You can respond to the consultation using an online form, click here to see that form.
If you would like a hard copy of the proposal, please email [email protected], call 01608 642007 or write to: The Governors, Burford Road, Chipping Norton. OX7 5DY
The proposal is to change arrangements from 2024, and therefore this won’t have any impact on children already on roll at the school. We are not seeking to vary the Admission Number for any other year group, just for new cohorts joining the school from 2024, and therefore the PAN of 240 will continue to apply to all other year groups.
The average year group size at the school is 167, and therefore the school is already equipped to meet the needs of a PAN of 180. There are no planned redundancies required with this proposal.
Oxfordshire County Council projections take into account the demand from new housing as well as from existing communities. They project in September 2024 there will be 169 children in the catchment area of the school, some of whom may not choose to attend Chipping Norton School. In 2025 it is estimated that the cohort may be closer to 163.
At the moment, the school is legally obliged to take up to 240 pupils but the average year group is 167. Classes are organised into groups of up to 30 and therefore when they exceed this threshold the timetable has to be reviewed and new classes opened (which means employing more staff). Because the school is not full this can happen at any point during the year. For stability and resource planning, the school is seeking more certainty in the maximum number of pupils who can enrol.
No – the only proposal is to reduce the Admission Number.
We always like to hear your feedback, and to know that you have read about our consultation!