Welcome to Wheatley Park School
We take pride in our learning environment and in being a school where everyone is enjoying learning, every day. We want our young people to develop skills and knowledge, to achieve high standards in their learning, and also to become responsible individuals. We promote the development of a ‘Growth Mindset’ amongst our students, helping them to see that with effort, new learning is always possible. 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
GCSE Results 2014 Wheatley Park School
Results Summary 2014 - click here
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 terms of attainment 76% of students achieved a grade A*-C in English and 75% achieved an A*-C grade in Maths. 77% of students made at least expected progress in Maths (with 38% making greater than expected progress) and 71% made at least expected progress in English (with 26% making greater than expected progress).
27% of our students achieved the English Baccalaureate and almost every student in the cohort gained 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 hard to interpret, so all readers will need to look beyond the surface. In our case the performance tables are badly distorted because most of our students (for this year only) took a GCSE English exam in November. Although the students came away with good results by the end of the course, the performance tables only count the initial entry grades.
The figures quoted on this website represent the results achieved by the end of the course at WPS, results which are a source of pride for those dedicated and hardworking young people. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information.
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
- Shared parental leave
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.
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.