St Edburg’s relocated from its previous site in Cemetery Road, Bicester, to its new location at the Kingsmere development. The school is now in a be-spoke building that provides an outstanding setting for children to learn in and includes a light and spacious Nursery and Early Years unit. They have a full size sports hall and superb outside sports facilities including a large sports field and a multi use games area. Within the school they have a Media suite, a designated room for art and design projects and a very special gathering place called ‘The Round’ where assemblies, prayer spaces, art exhibitions and music can take place. They have an excellent kitchen that provides hot meals cooked on site every day.
More details at www.st-edburgs.oxon.sch.uk
Construction work has begun on the new ‘eco’ primary school, Gagle Brook, in North West Bicester. The school, which will boast a range of environmental and green technology features, is the first of up to four new primary schools and a secondary school planned for North West Bicester to serve the growing community. Gagle Brook is due to open in 2017 and will be operated by the White Horse Federation (WHF). The WHF is a multi-academy trust which already operates seven primary schools in Swindon and Wiltshire.
More details at www.thewhitehorsefederation.org.uk
Bicester Technology Studio is a new school offering a whole new approach to learning. Bicester Technology Studio (BTS) opened in September 2016 for young people in Years 10 and 12. The school aims to develop students’ practical, academic and problem-solving skills through real-world projects and exceptional links with leading local employers. The school provides education for up to 310 students aged between 14 and 19, specialising in sustainable construction technologies and business logistics, alongside a core curriculum. The school has adopted a workplace environment, offering year-round opening between 8:30am and 5pm and be sponsored by Activate Learning, who already run The Bicester School.
Details at www.bicestertechstudio.org.uk
Kingsmere Secondary School
Work on the new secondary school at Kingsmere in south west Bicester is under way. The school is currently planned to open in September 2018 with capacity for up to 600 pupils aged between 11 and 16. Oxfordshire County Council, as the local education authority, is seeking applications from potential academy providers and sponsors to run the school, and the final decision will be taken by the Regional Schools Commissioner on behalf of the Secretary of State.