Welcome to Wheatley Park School
We take pride in our learning environment and in being a school where Learning Comes First. A culture of learning is our highest priority and we balance this with two other key values: ‘Aiming for Excellence’, focusing on being ambitious for every member of the school; and ‘Respect and Responsibility’ which emphasises the way we aim to work together. Teachers and support staff work hard for the young people and we understand that ‘going the extra mile’ can make all the difference. New technologies play an increasingly important part in our work, as we seek to prepare youngsters for a fast-changing future.
We are a school that has been developing and improving in recent years, reflected in real improvements to academic results. There is a lot happening here, with a good range of visits and creative and sporting opportunities.
Our school site is a very special environment and provides endless inspiration in the natural environment, for creative work and especially for the wealth of historical associations.
The website is full of information and inspiration, but there’s lots more to say. Do make contact if you’d like to know more.
Ms Kate Curtis
Our Aims and Values
Learning comes first
Aiming for Excellence
Respect and Responsibility
We aim :-
- to provide learning opportunities for every student’s intellectual, personal and social development
- to enable every student to become an effective learner by developing thinking and learning skills
- to stimulate students’ curiosity through a wide range of experiences within and beyond the school
- to encourage personal qualities such as initiative, enterprise, independence and the ability to work with and support others
- to promote self-expression through participation in artistic and creative learning
- to encourage each individual to aim for their personal best by monitoring, recognising and celebrating a wide range of achievements
- to develop a rich understanding of our responsibilities within the local, national and international communities
GCSE Results 2014 Wheatley Park School
Warmest congratulations to our students on this year’s GCSE results which represent another leap forward for the school and a new high.
68% of our students gained 5 higher grades including English and Mathematics. This is a 9% hike on last year! In both Maths and English 75% achieved a grade A*-C, and almost every student in the cohort has 5 GCSEs including English and Maths (97%).
The individual success stories are wonderful, and come in all sorts of packages. Two students each achieved an impressive 12 A* grades, and overall 26% of the students achieved 3 or more A/A* grades. Some students overcame trauma, illness and bereavement to achieve personal success.
The 2014 league tables will be unreliable and hard to interpret, so all readers will need to look beyond the surface. These figures represent the results achieved by the end of the course at WPS, results which cannot be taken away for those dedicated and hardworking young people.
We want to send a clear message that exam results can never define a person’s many qualities, and can never fully define a school’s ethos and spirit. We are proud of our students, proud of their attitudes and proud of their learning.
Congratulations all our A- Level students. You have achieved record results!
The percentage of passes at grade A*-B has risen to Wheatley Park record of 54%, an increase of 5% on last year. Maths and English Literature results stand out for comment with 58% A*/ A grades in Maths and 56% in English Literature. We are delighted to see that A*/A grades have risen to 27% a 3% increase on last years results. Many of you will have heard our students opening their results live on BBC radio Oxfordshire and notable successes include. Tom Weir who achieved 4 A*s and is off to Southampton to study medicine. Charlotte Gifford achieved A*A*A*A is going to Cambridge and Annie Johnston achieved A*AA is going to Oxford. George Bower achieved A*AA and has a place at Lancaster to read Maths and Sam Young achieved A*A*A and is going to Bristol. Clara Kent achieved A*AA. There are many other fantastic stories of individual success and we congratulate all of our students and look forward to hearing of their achievements in their chosen courses and career paths.
HR Policy Statement
The Governors of Wheatley Park School agree that they will adhere to the most up to date versions of the relevant model HR Policies, issued by Oxfordshire Local Authority.
Such policies may include, but are not limited to –
- Dignity at Work
- Stress at Work
- Allegations against staff
Copies of the most recent HR policies can be found on Oxfordshire School’s insite. Governors will ensure that they remain up to date with the contents of and the procedures contained within these policies to ensure compliance and any issues of concern will be raised within the Strategy committee.
Staff will be made aware, via “Staff Weekly” of the Governing Bodies adoption of all model HR policies and links will be created from the staff online site to the OCC model HR policies.
Governors will review this statement annually to ensure that it reflects the current practices of the Governing body.
Admissions Statement Oxfordshire County Council Admissions Policies and Rules
Allegations Against Teaching and Non Teaching Staff
Attendance and Punctuality
Anti Bullying Policy
Appraisal Policy for Teachers and Headteacher
Charging and Remissions Policy
Collective Worship Policy
Community Cohesion Policy
Data Protection Policy
Disposal and Write Off Policy
Drugs Education Policy
Educational Visits Policy
Emergency and Special Leave Policy
Flexible Working and Work Life Balance Policy
Freedom of Information Publication Scheme Info.
Governors Allowances Policy
Health and Safety Policy
Hiring of County Premises
Home School Agreement
Inclusion of LAC
Lesson Observation Protocol
Managing Aggresive Behaviour from Parents/Carers and Visitors to School
Managing Sickness Absence of School Employees
Mobile Technology (Sixth Form) Policy
More Able Gifted and Talented Policy
Privacy Notice Privacy Notice Extra Information
Professional Capability Procedure
Pupil Premium Policy
Raising Concerns at Work
Safeguarding Code of Conduct
Safeguarding Pupils Policy
School Engagement Policy (Behaviour)
Sex and Relationships Policy
Single Equalities Policy
Special Educational Needs Policy
Staff Development Policy
Staff Wellbeing Policy
Teaching and Learning Policy - Taken from the TLE
WPS Sixth Form Bursay Policy and Application Form 2012-13
School Development Plan
History of the School
Wheatley Park School today occupies the site of Holton Park 5 miles south east of Oxford, adjacent to the ancient coaching village of Wheatley.
Holton was a manorial village up to 1913 with an archaeological history going back to Neolithic times. The school takes full advantage of this long and varied history, and the Arts Centre is itself the Regency Manor House that was completed in 1808 by Elisha Biscoe. In more recent times a grammar school was founded here in 1949 for east Oxfordshire, and in 1971 Wheatley Park Comprehensive School was opened on two site. This site was the Upper School for students from the ages of 14-18 and the Shotover School in Wheatley was the Lower School for students aged 11-14. In the early 1980's the school was moved onto the Holton Site with many new and re-furbished buildings being built for a school of up to 1400 students.
If you would like to find out more about the fascinating history of the site including royal conspiracies and Cromwell's daughter's wedding, please click on the following two links;
This website is currently under construction and may not be available all of the time. It will become a wealth of archives related to the site as well as giving us the opportunity to extend our numerous links to members of families who lived here and are now scattered across the globe.