RLT Schools

Outlined below are brief summaries of each of our schools, including when they joined and the value they see in being part of RLT.

Before joining the Trust each school is engaged in discussion with us, undergoes a consultation with stakeholders and carries out a due diligence process to ensure that both the school and the Trust as a whole will benefit from the new school joining.  Prior to officially joining, Headteachers and Governors of the school seeking to join are welcome to be involved in our Education and Governor Boards to ensure that the benefits of working together can be gained as soon as possible.

Should you wish to know more about our schools, please visit the school websites or if would like to know more about the possibility of joining RLT, please contact the Trust Central office.

The following schools are in the Trust:

The Cherwell School

Secondary School - 1900 pupils - Oxford

We have all the advantages of a large school in that we offer a very wide range of curricular and extracurricular opportunities. However, our two sites enable us to create smaller and more personal units within the whole school. This makes it easier to know, value and support each student; in this school each individual matters to us. The Cherwell school was an original member of The River Learning Trust and we are proud to have been actively involved in defining and supporting the development of the vision of the Trust. There is real strength in our school and we know that our areas of focus will be reinforced and nurtured by the direction the RLT is travelling in. We expect the RLT to be rigorous in their pursuit of excellence for our school and we appreciate our responsibilities in the context of the wider trust. We are happy that relationships are highlighted as being so central to the long-term success of the RLT because at Cherwell we aim to create these relationships in all that we do.

Chipping Norton School

Secondary School - 1000 pupils - Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton School is a popular 11-18 rural community school located in the attractive Cotswold market town of Chipping Norton. We have 1020 students on roll, with 200 of them in the sixth form. At Chipping Norton School the individual is very much at the heart of what we do and everyone is encouraged to be the best that they can be. Staff and students share the same values of excellence, respect, tolerance, enjoyment and commitment. Our vision is for vibrant and inspirational teaching that raises aspiration, challenges, engages and prepares every member of the school for life. Our vision is a school where learners are motivated and inspired; where curiosity is sparked; and where we strive to be the best that we can be. Our values and our vision make the school a special place in which to learn and work. We joined RLT in March 2017 having worked with the Trust in October 2016; the school was graded Good with Outstanding features in November 2017 With the support of RLT for strong professional learning, we work to ensure that all staff are the best that they can be in each of their individual roles. We know that excellent relationships and high quality individual staff practice will contribute effectively to strong outcomes and experiences for our students. At the same time our focus is also on impeccable student behaviour to ensure that we have students who are ready and respectful in terms of their learning and their relationships.

Cutteslowe Primary School

Primary School - 350 pupils - Oxford

We are a primary school in North Oxford growing from 1 to 2 forms of entry. As a school we celebrate the diversity of the wider community and are committed to the principles of inclusion and equality of opportunity. Our aim is to be "A school of opportunity" for our children, staff and parents/carers; we believe in providing enriching experiences that inspire children and equip them for the challenges of the future. The last five years has been an exciting time for Cutteslowe Primary School. In April 2013 the school converted to an Academy in partnership with The Cherwell School Academy Trust. The Cherwell School is our local ‘outstanding’ secondary school where the majority of our children go on to study. In March 2015 we received our first full OFSTED as a new school. We are very pleased to announce that we were awarded a “Good” in every category. As an original member of The Cherwell School Academy Trust, we welcome the expansion of what is now the River Learning Trust. In particular, this growth has allowed the development of centralised support team which has been very welcome. We welcome working more closely with Wolvercote, our partner school, and the wider RLT and value the work of the Trust’s Education Board and Support and Challenge Partners to support school improvement. There is a wider opportunity for teaching staff to become more involved with RLT for example through moderation and EYFS meetings and we are looking forward to further development of this sort of collaboration.

Edith Moorhouse Primary School

Primary School - 310 pupils - Carterton

We are a popular primary school in the Oxfordshire town of Carterton. We currently have about 300 pupils, with about one third of those pupils coming from Service Families serving at RAF Brize Norton. We are proud of our caring and nurturing approach to education. Visitors to our school comment that there is a calm and industrious atmosphere and that the children are polite and respectful We became an academy and joined the River Learning Trust in April 2017 after a careful search for a MAT which was aligned with our values and approach. Our research showed us that the three principles of RLT (Commitment to Excellence; Everyone Learning; Respectful Relationships) sit very comfortably alongside our school’s Core Values. It also became clear as we discovered more and more about RLT, that the other schools and staff we met were like us: at one meeting for RLT governors, one of our governors said ‘It’s nice to be at a meeting where everyone is on the same page’! We both gain and contribute from being part of RLT; RLT schools demonstrate excellence in a range of areas and our close collaboration allows us to share best practice with each other and staff have the opportunity to develop themselves and each other, and are encouraged to work towards self-improvement

Garsington CoE Primary School

Primary School - 200 pupils - Garsington

Garsington School is a Church of England, one form entry, Primary School for 4 to 11 year olds. We are located in Garsington village close to both Wheatley and Oxford. We aim to provide an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. Developing a growth mind-set is at the heart of everything that we do. We aim to inspire every child to have a life-long love of learning and to aspire to be the best that they can be. We joined RLT in May 2017. To be part of RLT we believe we will benefit from increased staff opportunities for development including training, learning from others and sharing good practice. We also will benefit from support and challenge from a team you can trust and a team who will support and work with you on areas to develop. We value the opportunities for networking across different schools and also see benefit in being kept up-to-date with information and advice at local and national level

Horspath CoE Primary School

Primary School - 120 pupils - Horspath

Horspath C of E Primary School is a small Church school in the village of Horspath near Oxford. The school values and supports all of its members as individuals and is a happy, welcoming and safe environment which promotes learning and self-confidence. Horspath School chose to join The River Learning Trust because we believe the vision of the trust aligns closely with our own, giving clear priority to outcomes for children. The school joined RLT in May 2016. Most children from Horspath School go on to Wheatley Park School which is already a member of RLT, and we felt that this presented the opportunity to work more closely with Wheatley Park to ensure the transition between the two schools is as smooth as possible. The RLT governance model allows each school to maintain its own character, and the role of the church in the school governance will remain unchanged. We also believe we will benefit from the exchange of knowledge and best practice with other local schools in the trust. A Commitment to Excellence for us means that RLT schools are supported and challenged to make sure every child and every member of staff achieves their potential. Everyone Learning is key to the on-going development of the school and is part of our behaviour for learning strategy for pupils. Respectful Relationships between schools, between staff and in our daily communication with parents and children is a core principle for our school.

Kingsdown School

Secondary School - 1200 pupils - Swindon

Kingsdown is a mixed 11 – 16 Secondary School located in Stratton St Margaret, Swindon. It offers a vibrant learning environment in which its students take great pride. Our teachers combine a high level academic expertise, excellent teaching skills and a real concern for the wellbeing of each and every student. Taken together, these allow us to recruit and retain the very best teachers. From September 2017, we became a full partner in the River Learning Trust. Together, we have a clear strategy for rapidly improving Kingsdown and thereby achieving our vision of becoming a “School of Excellence”. The principles of both our School and Trust guide all our work. We benefit from being part of RLT as they provide ongoing coaching and mentoring for Kingsdown’s leaders and support them in embedding the required level of school improvement and thereby the best possible outcomes for all our students. We also have access to a wide range of networks which will assist our teams in delivering excellence in and outside of the classroom as well as Professional Development opportunities for our staff. The RLT also has the resources and capacity to support with several key operational processes, previously provided by LEAs, such as HR, Financial as well as Governor support.

New Marston Primary School

Primary School - 310 pupils - Oxford

We are based in the Marston area of Oxford and benefit from a unique mix of pupils, whose families come from local areas and from all parts of the world. Adults and children really look after and care for each other here. Academically, our pupils are benefiting from a brand-new curriculum from September, with very high expectations built-in. We are expecting all of our pupils to thrive academically and personally over the years ahead. After the school went into an Inadequate category in Summer 2016, New Marston joined the River Learning Trust in February 2017. The RLT was chosen as a sponsor, as it was felt that choice gave the school the best opportunity for rapid improvement, with appropriate support and challenge, as things moved forward. The school has been fortunate in receiving a high level of support from the Trust. We have benefited from support from experienced school leaders in the form of moderation exercises, improving the quality of teaching and learning, peer reviews and ongoing evaluations. The school has had high quality advice and support in the fields of HR, finance and premises. The school is on a rapid improvement trajectory and the education of our children has already improved. Our values align with those of the Trust and we know we can rely on their integrity, alongside a high level of educational expertise as we continue to improve.

Tower Hill Primary School

Primary School - 210 pupils - Witney

Tower Hill Primary School is a medium-sized primary school, situated in the market town of Witney. We are a single-form-entry school, set in beautiful grounds, with a large playing field equipped with a variety of safe but exciting climbing apparatus. We even have our own "Dell", an outdoor classroom area, which we use for outdoor learning and Forest School. Tower Hill is a very happy place to be for children and adults alike, where achievement and following our motto to ‘Grow Together’ is at the heart of everything we do. We pride ourselves in being a happy, safe, caring and progressive values-based school, where staff and families work together to nurture self-belief and inspire a love for learning. We joined RLT at the same time as Wolvercote Primary School in November 2015. RLT reflects the values of our school community, most importantly an aspiration to provide the best possible education and experiences to our pupils. Being part of a wider community of like-minded schools reinforces this belief. Our relationship with other schools in the Trust and the central team is tremendously important. Knowing we have access to a wide range of support is beneficial for staff and pupils and our staff value the professional development opportunities they have been able to access. We sim for this will be develop further, especially through the growth of local hubs to foster collaboration and the sharing of good practice.

Wheatley Park School

Secondary School - 1100 pupils - Wheatley

We are a medium sized 11-18 comprehensive school set in a unique historic site, five miles east of Oxford near the village of Wheatley. At Wheatley Park, we are committed to everyone learning. Our students are learning to be powerful independent learners, equipped to achieve excellence both at school and in the lifetime of learning that will follow. Our teachers are learning to be ever better teachers, who challenge and inspire in the classroom, via our cutting-edge use of technology and through our rich extra-curricular programme. And our leaders are learning to be ever better leaders, striving to take the school from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ in every sense of the word. We joined RLT in July 2016 and had an instrumental role in establishing the vision and values of the Trust. At Wheatley Park we believe in the power of school-to-school collaboration. We are more likely to develop effectively if we belong to a formal network of schools with the shared principles of excellence, learning and relationships. These principles align with and underpin our school values of Everyone Learning and Everyone Caring. On the one hand, belonging to RLT brings the accountability and challenge necessary for effective school development. At the same time, being part of a family of schools with a central team offers numerous opportunities for support. These include the sharing of best practice, collaborative professional learning and leadership development, not to mention financial, operational and HR support. All schools within the trust have achieved excellence in particular areas. With the right relationships and an openness to learning, this excellence will flow from one school to another leading to better educational outcomes and experiences for all.

Wolvercote Primary School

Primary School - 240 pupils - Oxford

Wolvercote School is a wonderful community to be part of in North Oxford. We enjoy a strong partnership with parents and carers; we have talented and committed staff, dedicated governors and most importantly - energetic, enthusiastic children. Together we work tirelessly to help the children to be the best they can be. Wolvercote School enjoys a unique position of having a community village feel with immediate access to rivers, canals, fields and woods, whilst also being near the city centre with all that Oxford can offer in terms of museums, history and cultural events. We value outdoor learning and use our environment whenever possible. We are a growing school and recently completed a large building project which provided four new classrooms, a studio for music and drama, and extensive outdoor facilities. In November 2015 we became an academy, joining the River Learning Trust. We benefit from working closely with other schools with whom we share a commitment to excellence by providing the best possible educational experience for students. We welcome working more closely with Cutteslowe, our partner school, and the wider RLT and value the work of the Trust’s Education Board and Support and Challenge Partners to support school improvement. There is a wider opportunity for teaching staff to become more involved with RLT for example through moderation and EYFS meetings and we are looking forward to further development of this sort of collaboration.

The Swan School

Secondary School - Due to open in 2019 - Oxford

The Swan School will be an excellent new 11-18 community comprehensive secondary school serving Old Marston and the surrounding areas of Oxford. It will meet the urgent need for school places in Oxford and in particular the areas surrounding the proposed site. The school will be open to Year 7 pupils in 2019 with an intake of 120 students. When the school is full it will have approximately 1,200 students including a Sixth Form. The vision for The Swan School is that it will provide an excellent education through an academic curriculum, a commitment to meaningful experiences within and beyond the classroom and ensuring high aspirations, achievement and accomplishment for all. This will be in a school culture rooted in values of consideration, respect for others and active contribution to the community. We were delighted that our application to open a new Free School in Oxford was approved in September 2015 and we are now in the ‘pre-opening’ phase.

Cherwell OTSA SCITT - Oxfordshire Teacher Training

Oxfordshire Teacher Training is an exceptional provider of high quality primary, special and secondary School Direct and Core SCITT Initial Teacher Training programmes and we are based at The Cherwell School in Oxford. The Cherwell School is the ‘lead school’ (the name presented on UCAS) and The Cherwell OTSA SCITT is the name of the accrediting body. Through the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance (OTSA) we work with state-funded partner schools across Oxford and Oxfordshire and all of our programmes are designed and delivered by people who really understand what great teaching and learning are all about; highly successful teachers from our partner schools. We are committed to recruiting and training passionate individuals who will become outstanding teachers working in schools across Oxford and Oxfordshire. We are dedicated to delivering the best possible ITT programmes and providing the best support for Associate Teachers (trainees) throughout their Initial Teacher Training programme and as they seek employment in their NQT year. We deliver Salaried and Non-salaried School Direct programmes, all of which lead to QTS. Applicants also have the option of adding a masters level PGCE to their programme. The SCITT is part of RLT and staff within the Trust benefit from opportunities to work with Associate Teachers as well as schools benefit from the expertise within the SCITT related to professional learning and development.