Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
About Banbury Academy
Banbury Academy is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational secondary school with sixth form situated in Banbury, Oxfordshire. There are approximately 797 students at the school, between the ages of 11-18.
Formerly Banbury School, Banbury Academy converted to academy status in 2012 and is sponsored by Aspirations Academy Trust. It shares a site with Space Studio Banbury and is a member of the Oxfordshire Secondary Schools Headteachers’ Association. The school was founded in 1893 and was previously a grammar school. Oxfordshire County Council funded a new two-storey building in 2009.
Values and vision
Banbury Academy wants all pupils to have the opportunity to achieve their goals in a supportive and nurturing learning environment. A solid partnership with parents is vital for the school to ensure that this aim is obtained. The school believes that mistakes are part of learning and has a mentoring system in place for pupils to go along to should they face any difficulties. Self-worth is implemented at all times and students are taught to value themselves and believe in success. Banbury Academy encourages students to think of their future opportunities with an annual careers festival. A wide range of extra-curricular clubs are organised after school and during break to nurture talents and interests.
“The majority of teachers have secure subject knowledge. They are enthusiastic about their subjects and try to make learning fun. The best teaching is well planned and draws effectively on previous learning. The teachers engage pupils through skilful questioning and they provide them with clear feedback that helps pupils to improve, as seen, for example, in Year 7 art. Relationships are supportive and enable pupils to be prepared to take risks, as seen in Year 8 music”.