Top 25 Best Private School in England

Private School Oxfordshire – Windrush Valley School

Top 25 Best Private School in England

Private School Oxfordshire – Windrush Valley School

Top 25 Best Private School in England

Private School Oxfordshire – Windrush Valley School

Private School Oxfordshire

Private School Oxfordshire – Windrush Valley School – Excellence starts here

Independent Primary School Oxfordshire

Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire. We believe that every child deserves the best possible start. With class sizes currently averaging 10, our pupils receive one-to-one attention, and the highest standards of education. We build self-esteem, self-confidence and independence; preparing boys and girls aged 3-11 for a successful future in either the independent or state senior school sectors. Over the last 21 years all pupils have passed their senior school entry examination and attended their first-choice secondary school.

The school is ranked 21st in the top independent preparatory schools in England by the Sunday Times. Earning it the prestigious accolade of Best Prep School Oxfordshire. The school has also received an Award for Excellence by the Independent School Association.

Our inspiring and stimulating curriculum is delivered within a nurturing, supportive and positive environment, and includes; literacy, language, mathematics, science, technology, human & social, sports, art and music. In addition, adventure trips and foreign residential weeks away, further enrich the curriculum and the children’s life-experience.

All children regularly play in the school band, perform in musicals on stage, compete in public speaking competitions and sing in the choir. Our sporting pedigree has resulted in children competing at the highest level in swimming, athletics and cross country. For the last 10 years, our pupils have competed at a national level at the Independent Schools Association championship.

We also provide a comprehensive after-school programme in which children enjoy a wide range of additional activities, including; cooking, first aid, forest school, horse whispering and cycling proficiency.

To support the needs of working parents we provide supervised wrap-around care daily, from 8am to 6pm.

Our affordable fees underpins our commitment to make educational excellence accessible to as many children as possible.

If you want to give your child the best possible start – excellence starts here. Prep School Oxfordshire.

Mrs A Douglas BA(Hons) QTS

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“Windrush Valley School is top rated for all the best reasons and punches well above its weight. The achievements made by the children in this small and welcoming environment are unique and will serve them well in the future. My daughter, now in her final year, has been there since she was 3 and has been surrounded by well balanced peers and supportive teachers throughout. Whilst we’ll be sad to move on we can’t think of a better place for her to have started her education.”

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About us

Founded in 1951, the school is registered with the Department for Education (DfE), the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and the Independent Schools Association (ISA); it is routinely inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

Our teaching staff are highly qualified and experienced, delivering the highest standards of academic excellence and behavioural conduct.


Our values and school ethos:

Our motto – ‘Multum in Parvo’

Multum in Parvo is a Latin phrase which literally means, ‘much in a small place’. Phrases like these spark the imagination because the phrase itself is a condensed expression that speaks of endless possibilities, inviting the listener to satisfy his curiosity by seeking more.

Our vision

We believe that every child deserves the best possible start. We build self-esteem, self-confidence and independence; preparing our pupils for a successful future in either the independent or state senior School sectors.

Our aims

Strong foundations for the future – Leaders of the future need to be innovative and creative, adaptable yet influential in groups and teams, with strong communication and problem-solving skills. This future success needs strong and enduring foundations. Our School builds this foundation by encouraging and challenging all children to achieve and sustain high standards of individual academic success and personal behaviour; by developing themselves as individuals, and encouraging independence of thought and spirit within a climate of personal responsibility and regard for others.

Our School consistently:

  • Promotes the highest standards of inter-personal relationships
  • Provides high quality teaching and resourcing
  • Gives regular and positive feedback to children
  • Establishes attainable expectations for behaviour and social conduct
  • Provides clear avenues for progression
  • Sets individual goals for work and performance
  • Provides individual support to promote effort and progression.

In this way all children achieve their full potential and move to the next stage of their education, equipped with all the requisite skills and abilities, together with the all-important confidence necessary for further success.

Central to the successful achievement of this philosophy is the high quality of leadership, care and professional competence demonstrated by all staff employed by the School.


Best Private School Oxfordshire

Not only are we regarded as the Best Private Primary School Oxfordshire, we are also ranked 21st in the Sunday Times best independent primary schools in England. The title of Best Private School Oxfordshire (Primary Schools) is an honour we’re extremely proud of. For more information about the school, please feel free to contact us.

Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire
The Green, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton. Oxfordshire. OX7 6AN
Telephone: 01993 831793


“The classes are small enough to allow plenty of individual attention, but large enough to ensure a lively classroom dynamic.”
“The school provides a positive, caring environment in which happy and self-confident children grow and where academic excellence thrives (Independent Schools Inspectorate)”
“Pupils’ achievements, including those in EYFS and those who have SEND, are good and the school prepares the pupils extremely well for the next stage of their education. (Independent Schools Inspectorate)”
“Windrush Valley provides challenge and nurture in equal measure – a perfect environment for growing children.”
“The school is successful in achieving its aim of allowing happy and self-confident children to grow and thrive (Independent Schools Inspectorate)”
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