In 2019, around 88% of children and parents in Oxfordshire were admitted to their first-choice school. In fact, our county is consistently ahead of national averages for first-place schools being awarded.

Yet, the demand for places is rising as our towns continue to grow. To make sure every family has access to exceptional education, we are proud to announce plans for The Whitelands Academy, a brand-new, 600-pupil school sponsored by The White Horse Federation multi-academy trust.

Key dates

As key dates for Whitelands Academy are confirmed, they’ll be listed below.

Tue 24 Sep. Parents' Evening, 6:30 p.m

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All schools within The White Horse Federation are united by a passion for working collaboratively to provide first-class learning experiences for children of all ages and backgrounds. The Whitelands Academy will be no exception to this vision.

Our best-in-class educators have the interests of young people at heart. That’s why the curricular and extra-curricular provision we offer is designed to inspire and engage all learners. Meanwhile, our values-based approach to education creates positive learning environments that promote a culture of respect, fairness, tolerance, compassion, and collaboration.

The Whitelands Academy will feature exceptional facilities that support a broad, balanced curriculum and provide the ideal setting for an outstanding education.

Dr Nicholas Capstick, OBE
Dr Nicholas Capstick, OBE CEO of The White Horse Federation

The Whitelands Academy is being built within the Kingsmere Village Community, located next to the market town of Bicester.

The 5210m2 school will feature 26 state-of-the art classrooms and special educational needs provision, as well as a garden and a four-court sports hall with changing facilities. External social spaces will include allotments, quiet areas with a variety of trees to provide shade in the summer, and sports pitches for rugby, hockey, and football, as well as a multi-use games area.

Other features include a main hall linked to a drama studio, a dining area with access to a covered seating area, kitchens, offices, staff spaces, provision for basketball and netball, and parking for both cars and cycles

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Apply for a Place at Whitelands Academy

Admissions close at 23:59 on Thursday 31st October 2019

Interested in applying for a place at Whitelands Academy? To get started, make sure to read the consultation letter below. Once you’ve read the consultation letter, you can apply for a place at Whitelands Academy by completing the form below. You’ll then receive more information and your next steps by email.

Please note if you are considering an application:

Parents must fill out an application form specifically for Whitelands Academy. They must also fill out the county council application form, indicating their school preferences from the list of existing secondaries in the area. Whitelands Academy will not be an option in the county council form and it is essential that both forms are filled in.

Applying for Whitelands Academy will not prejudice your application for other schools. But if you do not complete both forms and you are not allocated a place at Whitelands Academy you will be allocated the next nearest school which has spaces which may be out of the local area.

If your application to Whitelands Academy is successful, then the pupil will get the choice of whether to take up their place or go to the school that they have been allocated in the county council application process.

The deadlines for both applications are the same (the end of October 2019) and you will find out whether you have got into Whitelands Academy at the same time as you are allocated another secondary school in the area (the start of March 2020).

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Whitelands Academy

Hexham Road
Bicester
OX26 1AY

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