I am delighted to welcome you to Dr South’s School website and to present this brief introduction to our school.

Click here to read about our history.

Dr South’s is a small, friendly and close-knit village school with high levels of pastoral care and individual attention. The school roll numbers about a hundred children. Many pupils are from our catchment villages of Islip, Noke and Woodeaton, although we welcome an almost equal number from further afield. Many of these families choose us because the quality of relationships between all members of the school community resembles that of a loving family, something we can achieve in a school of this size. Nurtured here, children feel valued and form strong, lasting friendships.

“Pupils are very happy at school. Warm and trusting relationships underpin their enjoyment of learning.” (Ofsted, October 2013)

The school is academically ambitious for all its pupils. It aims to create a constructive and positive environment where both effort and achievement are recognized, nurtured and celebrated and where every child is valued. Members of staff offer the children a broad, varied and meaningful education with a strong emphasis on developing the core skills of reading, writing and mathematics alongside a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences designed to develop well-rounded members of society.

“The school provides pupils with an interesting range of subjects, topics and experiences which contribute strongly to the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.” (Ofsted, October 2013)

The lively involvement of parents in the life of the school is a hugely valuable asset, whether as learning mentors during homework sessions, parent volunteers in classrooms, governors or as members of The Friends, a parent body which works extremely hard to raise funds to enhance provision. In 2010 The Friends won the Gold Star Award for PTA Fundraising Achievement awarded by the National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations.

“Staff, parents, carers and pupils share a strong belief in the values of their school.” (Ofsted, October 2013)

Please continue to explore our website further where you will find much detailed information about the school. I also encourage you to visit us. To arrange a visit, please telephone the school office on 01865 372323 or e-mail the school at office.3655@dr-souths.oxon.sch.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Huw Morgan

Headteacher