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Head’s Welcome

Welcome to our wonderful school…

“When I began as Head here in January 2018, it felt just like coming home. I worked at Chandlings as a teacher when the school originally opened in 1994 – and I stayed for a further 12 years.

Now that I’ve returned, this school is closer to my heart than ever.  I am keen for you and your child to think the same way about this special place too.

Surrounded by an idyllic 60 acres of gorgeous Oxfordshire countryside, we have retained a small-school ethos, despite having around 300 pupils. That means creating a nurturing environment in which we achieve exceptional academic results whereby children learn almost without realising; while enjoying all the fun, extra-curricular opportunities so vital to their wellbeing.

Perhaps that is why Chandlings is so well respected by senior schools throughout Oxfordshire and beyond. We are considered a ‘hidden gem’, recommended almost exclusively through word-of-mouth.

I feel so proud and privileged to begin each working day by greeting everyone at the front gates – seeing our children literally skip into school is a reward in itself. They are curious, confident, polite and articulate – as you will hopefully soon see for yourselves when you visit.

Our unique and diverse atmosphere comes from the warmth and vibrancy that radiates from happy children. Be reassured that your son or daughter will be valued as an individual by teachers who will care for them with genuine empathy and respect. It is simply the way we do things here at Chandlings.

Looking forward, my ambition is to make even more of our wonderful school’s remarkable natural attributes, including its inspiring surroundings and locale, just 20 minutes’ drive from those dreaming spires...”

Christine Cook


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