We, the members of the Governing Body, are extremely proud of our successful small school and encourage any enquiries.
The school was originally founded in 1811 and there are strong links with the Oxford Diocese. It opened officially in 1841 and now consists of the original school building which is currently used as a hall, and a more modern block which houses the classrooms, library and offices. Our light airy classrooms are very well resourced with the latest technology for learning including interactive whiteboards in each classroom area. We are very fortunate to have wonderful outdoor facilities with an extensive activity area, a Sensory Garden and a large secure playing field.
The school has a reputation for high levels of achievement and attainment, with standards consistently above national and local averages.
The school had a very successful Ofsted Inspection in February 2014.
Summary of key findings -“ This is a good school”.
“Whatever their starting points, pupils make at least good progress and by the time they leave the school many reach levels of attainment which are above average. Attendance is high. Pupils of all ages enjoy coming to school and like the topics they study. Pupils’ behaviour is of a very high standard owing to the very positive relationships they have with staff who they know will look after them. The school’s curriculum is rich, vibrant and exciting. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of the pupils is a strength of the school and underpins everything it does. Teaching is good overall and some is outstanding. All members of staff form an effective team where every pupil is known as an individual and all of them thrive in the school’s nurturing environment. Pupils say, and their parents and carers agree, that they feel safe in the school. The school is well regarded in the community. Leadership and management at all levels, including governance, have a direct impact on the quality of teaching together with pupils’ achievement”.
A copy of the full 2014 Ofsted report can be found on our website: www.whaddon.bucks.sch.uk
Our friendly, caring and dedicated staff work hard to sustain these high standards and to help pupils develop and progress as responsible individuals, happy to be part of our extended family. We have a close relationship with parents and the local community which is central to the ethos of the school.
Fortnightly newsletters keep parents fully informed and parents are always welcomed as a partner in their child’s education.
Should your child attend Whaddon School we look forward to working with you and intend that you will find your relationship with the school happy and rewarding.
WHADDON SCHOOL GOVERNORS
SEPTEMBER 2018 TO JULY 2019
Mr Paul Williamson (Chair)
Mr Edward Mitchell
Mrs Rachael MacIntyre
Mrs Philippa Markwick
Local Authority Governors
Miss Charlotte Page
Miss Helen Nash
Mrs Selina Davies
Mrs Liz Julier (Vice Chair)
Mr Guy Birch-Jones
Mrs Helen Wallace-Fisher
Governor Meeting Attendance & Interests
Paul Williamson (Chair)
Paul is a parent governor who attended the school himself and now has one child at Whaddon School with another starting in September 2017. He returned to live in Whaddon in 2014 with his wife and two children and works in Telecommunications for a large multi-national company. He joined the governing body in December 2015 and is Chair of the General Purpose & Finance Committee as well as the governor responsible for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) and Safeguarding.
Liz Julier (Vice Chair)
Liz is a Co-opted Governor and lives in Thornborough. Liz moved to Thornborough in 2008 with her husband and daughter and built their own house whilst living in a caravan for 12 months. Liz has recently retired from her role as Practice Manager to an international law firm. Liz joined the governing body in February 2018 and is Vice Chair, Development & Early Years Governor and sits on the Curriculum, Pupil & Welfare committee.
Rachael is a Co-opted Governor and lives in the Village. Rachael was originally a parent governor when her daughter attended the School and decided to maintain her role as Governor when her daughter moved to her next school. Rachael has a second child who currently attends Whaddon School. Rachael is a Solicitor by profession and has advised and represented Schools in various matters during her work. Rachael’s skills sit well with the General Purposes and Finance Committee, which deals with the finance and management of the school. She is also a Governor for Performance Management.
Guy has lived in Whaddon for 10 years and his daughter has recently moved on from our school, following in the footsteps of her mother who was born in the village and also attended the school. Guy has worked in the food and animal feed industry in various technical, commercial and managerial roles for 27 years, currently as Sales Director for a cereal processing business. His experience in business and industry benefits our General Purposes and Finance committee greatly. He is also our Governor responsible for Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity and PSHCE. Guy was a member of the Friends of Whaddon School committee for three years and served as Secretary in 2015-16. Guy was Co-Opted as a Governor in 2016,
Philippa is a Foundation Governor as well as the Governor responsible for English and Safeguarding. She also sits on both the SIAMs and Pupil Welfare committees.
Philippa works for a large multinational financial organisation and lives in Whaddon with her family. Her eldest child attends Whaddon School.