Mum’s anguish as twin girls given different school places

Banbury Cake: Mum Sharon Barney with twins Kerri, left, and Holly, 11, who are upset at having to attend separate schools. Picture: OX66495 David Fleming

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A MOTHER is angry because her twin daughters – one of whom has special needs – face being sent to different secondary schools.

Union role for Witney teacher

Banbury Cake: Geoff Branner

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A WITNEY teacher is the new president of a teacher’s trade union.

Two new cars for Banbury and Bicester College students to learn their skills

Banbury Cake: Principal Rose Turner receiving the keys to the new cars from Mark Lucas of Hyundai UK

1:30pm Saturday 12th April 2014

BANBURY and Bicester College has received two new Hyundai cars for the college’s £2m motor vehicle centre.

Children enjoy a pizza healthy cooking in Hook Norton school

Banbury Cake: Showing off a healthy pizza the youngsters made are Alfie Simmonds, six, and Catherine Monelle, seven    Pictures: OX66376 Jon Lewis

11:30am Friday 11th April 2014

CHILDREN picked up their pinnies and rolled up their sleeves for Hook Norton Primary School’s cookathon.

Pupils highlight road safety on march in town

Banbury Cake: Headteacher Lisa Rowe and Poppy Ellis, six, left, and Verity Bennett, seven, lead the way as the walking bus crosses the road

5:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

CHILDREN, teachers and parents marched through Woodstock as part of a campaign to highlight road safety concerns.

Funding for schools a formula for unrest

Banbury Cake: Sue Croft with Zainab Azam, 16, in a science lesson in the new block

5:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Education reporter SOPHIE SCOTT looks at the issue of school funding and how changes are affecting Oxfordshire classrooms

Pupils’ paintings could prove puzzling

Banbury Cake: Visitors completing a jigsaw puzzle. Image courtesy of Arnhel de Serra. SP

5:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

People are being urged to vote for their favourite painting in a schools project which will see the winning entry made into a jigsaw puzzle.

'Where's the money for these extra free school meals, Nick?'

Banbury Cake: Dinner ladies Carole Butler, left, and Julie White with pupils at Wantage Primary School Main picture: Damian Halliwell

8:30am Wednesday 9th April 2014

SCHOOLS lunch breaks would have to take place over three hours a day to meet the needs of the Government’s free school meals programme, it has been claimed.

School link aims to boost achievement

Banbury Cake: New Bayards Hill school headteacher Sylvia Hawken with Cheney School head Jolie Kirby

7:30am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A SECONDARY school is to sponsor a struggling Barton primary with the aim of boosting the performance of pupils.

Pupils hit the right notes in marathon

Banbury Cake: Tilly Bates, with fellow musicians, back, from left, Hannah Blackmore, Elizabeth Singh and Isabel Harrison. Middle: Christopher Sims, Audrey Venners, Jess Greenway, and Bethan Morrison. Front: Jade Gilmore and Joel Light

12:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

CHOLSEY Primary School pupils hit all the right notes in a 24-hour-long music marathon.

Parents’ anxious wait over school places

Banbury Cake: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Parents will find out next Wednesday whether their children have got into their first choice of primary school.

School pupils are dancing to national finals

Banbury Cake: From left, Anna Riggs, seven, Charlie Nicholls, five, Chloe Booker, five, Evie Ricketts, eight, Emily Mason, six, and Chloe Langridge, four

1:00pm Saturday 5th April 2014

DANCERS at Drayton Primary School near Abingdon used their ballet and street dance skills to win through to the national finals of a dance competition.

It’s hats off as Oxford headteacher retires in Easter style

Banbury Cake: Retiring headteacher Mark Chesterton joins the Easter parade at Larkrise Primary School             Picture: OX66332 Damian Halliwell

8:30am Saturday 5th April 2014

A LONG-SERVING headteacher stepped out in style yesterday.

Fond farewell after 40 years at Barton school’s helm

Banbury Cake: Keith Ponsford                      Picture: OX66374 Antony Moore

8:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

AFTER almost 40 years teaching thousands of children in Oxford, Barton headteacher Keith Ponsford took his final bow yesterday.

A whole curriculum of learning is taking root

Banbury Cake: Callum Painter, five, and landscape architect Sue Chamberlin help pupils and parents plant trees as part of Fruitshare Project at St Laurence School in Warborough

10:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

TEACHERS could base a whole curriculum on an apple tree, according to landscape architect Sue Chamberlin.

Photo duo’s project just clicked

Banbury Cake: Larkmead pupils Bethany Gould, right, and Ellie Hedges, were Highly Commended by the National Association of Able Children in Education for this picture, shown on screen

10:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

TWO schoolgirls have been honoured in a photography competition.

Onesie way to cover autism message

Banbury Cake: Pictured with some of the children are teaching assistant Sara Smith, left, and head teacher Breda Bowles

3:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

CHILDREN, staff and even the principal wore onesies at a Carterton primary school to mark World Autism Awareness Day.

Abingdon pupils dig in to build science centre

Banbury Cake: Abingdon School are breaking ground on their new science centre. Didier Delgorge, 12, gets stuck into the digging   	 Picture: OX65923 David Fleming

10:30am Friday 4th April 2014

ABINGDON School pupils are so keen to get their new £15m science centre built they have been digging the foundations themselves.

Guarded response to extra funding for education

Banbury Cake: Melinda Tilley

8:30am Friday 4th April 2014

THE amount of extra funding for schools will be discussed by governors and headteachers across Oxfordshire later this month.

Star thinks school song has X Factor

Banbury Cake: Wood Farm Primary School pupils recording their song We Stand Tall

8:30am Friday 4th April 2014

WHEN Wood Farm Primary pupils sent popstar Gary Barlow their own song and music video they did not expect a reply.

New school sponsor is given approval

Banbury Cake: oxfordshire county council logo round

6:40am Friday 4th April 2014

The Department for Education (DfE) has approved the sponsor for a new primary school.

Pupils’ survey aims to turn road into one-way system

Banbury Cake: Lia Stratford works on the survey

5:00am Friday 4th April 2014

PUPILS at Eynsham Primary School carried out their own traffic survey in a bid to make the entrance easier to reach at peak times.

Oxfordshire in the bottom quarter of pupils getting free school meals who achieve five A* to C grades at GCSE

Banbury Cake: Melinda Tilley

1:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

CHILDREN getting free school dinners in Oxfordshire are not achieving the same grades as equivalent pupils elsewhere in the country.

School retains a good rating

Banbury Cake: Headteacher Emma Lawley at Springfield School’s secondary site are pupils, from left, Tia Harrison, Danielle Sykes, Kit Goddard and Kyle Briers

12:20pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

SPRINGFIELD special school in Witney has been praised for giving its pupils a “very good start” in education.

Bishop gives pupils plenty to shout about

Banbury Cake: UNVEILING: The Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Rev Colin Fletcher, cuts a cake at the official opening of the new nursery at St Peter’s CofE Primary School as headteacher Jeanette Millward looks on. Below: Members of the school’s choir including Freya Ro

12:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A NEW nursery has opened in a new £300,000 building at a primary school.

Schools to decide contraceptive policy

Banbury Cake: Spotlight on Health: Contraception to suit your lifestyle

10:00am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

HEADTEACHERS and governors will be left to decide if Oxfordshire’s new school nurses can hand out morning-after pills in advance.

Karate lessons for Wheatley pupils

Banbury Cake: INSCRUTABLE: Sensei David Brassington leads the karate class

10:00am Monday 31st March 2014

CLASSROOMS were turned into dojos as children were taught martial arts.

Lord's a leaping to find out about science link

Banbury Cake: Oxford High School science teacher Maria Whittington, with Lord John Nash, watch St Nicholas Primary School pupils Lana Elhassan, nine, and Oliver Webb, 1ten, perform an experiment

7:30am Saturday 29th March 2014

A GOVERNMENT minister was back in the classroom yesterday to find out about a school’s project.

Sixth-former designs new welcome guide for Abingdon school

Banbury Cake: Headteacher Chris Harris with pupil Ed Atcherley-Symes

10:00am Friday 28th March 2014

A PUPIL at Abingdon’s Larkmead School has designed the school’s new welcome booklet.

Enterprising students get knitted out

Banbury Cake: Some of the Toucan team, clockwise from front centre, Hannah Hawken, Jemima Gassom, Sephe Tapper, Jenny Dingwall, Hannah Darnton, Sanjana Kini, Abi Church, Emily Fung, Ella Jones and Kirsty Luk. Picture: OX66166 Antony Moore

12:00pm Thursday 27th March 2014

A GROUP of young entrepreneurs have designs on the future after coming up with their own range of scarves.

Schools catering for autistic children to open in Oxfordshire

Banbury Cake: Pupils Rees Groombridge and, right, Asa Barakzai, who attend the Hassocks school for autistic children in West Sussex, are filmed for a promotional video about the new school near Oxford		       Picture: OX66116 Antony Moore

11:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

SCHOOLS specifically for children with autism are set to open in Oxfordshire at the start of the next academic year.

Every secondary school to get a full-time nurse

Banbury Cake: Claire Webster, centre, Oxford Academy nurse, with Dr Rebecca Cooper who is the public health consultant for Oxfordshire County Council, and headteacher Niall McWilliams

8:30am Thursday 27th March 2014

EVERY secondary school in Oxfordshire will have its own full-time nurse as part of a £1.55m deal announced today.

Teachers take to the streets in strike action

Banbury Cake: Striking teachers and supporters march along Broad Street, Oxford. Picture: OX66177 Damian Halliwell

8:30am Thursday 27th March 2014

HUNDREDS of teachers marched through Oxford yesterday as schools across the county were affected by strikes.

Hero Oxford teacher’s award for saving boy's life

Banbury Cake: Simon Underwood

7:40am Thursday 27th March 2014

A teacher at Oxford Academy has been named the Everyday Hero of the Year after saving the life of a toddler.

School gets the go-ahead to teach post-16 courses

Banbury Cake: Acting headteacher Iain Bilton, with pupils, back, from left, Calum Longman, Rosie Herridge, James Clark, Ben Rolands; front, Braiden Davies, Amy Thomson and Susan Oliver

4:30pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

CARTERTON Community College will take on pupils for post-16 studies for the first time in its 40-year history from September.

School tunes up for fundraising music marathon

Banbury Cake: Give your children early taste of music

3:30pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

PUPILS will take part in a 24-hour music marathon to raise money for instruments at Cholsey Primary School next month.

Young lawyers win their case

Banbury Cake: The Wood Green School team pictured at Oxford Magistrates' Court

12:30pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

PUPILS from Wood Green School had their legal knowledge put on trial in a real courtroom setting.

Concerns remain at Oxford school after Ofsted’s second visit

Banbury Cake: Headteacher Keith Ponsford

7:30am Wednesday 26th March 2014

AN OXFORD primary school which was told it needs to improve has been warned it is not making sufficient progress.

Oxford schools set to close as striking teachers march

Banbury Cake: INFORMAL MEETINGS: Education chief Melinda Tilley

8:30am Tuesday 25th March 2014

TEACHERS are set to march through the streets of Oxford tomorrow as schools around the county close due to strikes.

Text speak eroding pupils’ skills, claims Oxford headteacher

Banbury Cake: Caroline Jordan, headteacher of Headington School, is concerned about the language of texting creeping into more formal work           Picture: OX66168  Cliff Hide

8:30am Tuesday 25th March 2014

TEXT and Twitter chat is an increasing challenge for teachers to combat, according to a leading headteacher.

Pupils in Cumnor say welcome to the real-life school of rock

Banbury Cake: Session musician Luke Edwards, right, with, from left, Robin Robinson, 13, Dan Greer, 14, and Marcus Burnell-Spector, 14, from school band Error 54 Picture: OX65943 Marc West

6:30am Tuesday 25th March 2014

MATTHEW Arnold School in Cumnor has kitted its music room out with £20,000-worth of jampods, recording hubs with electric drums, keyboards, guitars and microphones.

£10m redevelopment for college's Witney campus approved

Banbury Cake:

8:40am Saturday 22nd March 2014

A £10m redevelopment of a Witney student campus has been approved.

A mile of smiles as students raise Sport Relief cash

Banbury Cake: Students from Headington School at the start of their Sport Relief Mile.  Picture: OX66063 Simon Williams

8:30am Saturday 22nd March 2014

DASHING, dodging and racing around Headington School, pupils pulled on their fancy dress for a mile with a difference.

Cock-a-hoop with new courts

Banbury Cake: Oxford Spires headteacher Sue Croft with Nelvin Air slam dunking on the new basketball courts

10:00pm Friday 21st March 2014

PUPILS slam dunked with joy as new basketball courts were unveiled this week.

Parents urged to plan for school strike

Banbury Cake: Teachers congregated in Wanstead before joining the one-day strike in central London

8:40am Friday 21st March 2014

Oxfordshire County Council is urging parents to plan ahead for next week’s teacher strike.

Girls show a reservoir of talent at water engineering

Banbury Cake: Zainab Shahzad, 13 with a parabolic mirror reflecting her fellow pupils

6:50am Friday 21st March 2014

PUPILS at Didcot Girls’ School took on the challenge of building model reservoirs, pumps and wind turbines.

Learning scheme for low-achieving schools is hailed a success

Banbury Cake: Professor Ian Menter

6:30am Friday 21st March 2014

A PROGRAMME designed to boost performance at low-achieving primary schools in Oxford has been hailed a success at the end of its first year.

Hoping to score a hit with Miss Saigon

Banbury Cake: Carys Nicholls,18, playing Kim, and Louis Butler, 17, who plays Chris. Picture: OX65929 Antony Moore

10:30am Thursday 20th March 2014

WEEKS before it reopens in London’s West End, students at King Alfred’s Academy, in Wantage, are putting on their own Miss Saigon.

The appliance of science at Cherwell School fair

Banbury Cake: Cherwell School pupils, from left, Rose Statford, 12, Molly Taylor and Lucy Honey, both 11, with their models of the planets             Picture: OX66015 Jon Lewis

9:30am Thursday 20th March 2014

THIS year’s Cherwell School science fair was out of this world.

Academy puts forward vision for area’s expanding future

Banbury Cake: An artist’s impression of the plan for the first stage of the development at King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage

9:00pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

A 13-classroom block and £4m canteen is the latest part of a £12m expansion plan for a Wantage secondary school.

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