Waddesdon Church of England School

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Location: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Waddesdon Church of England School

Waddesdon Church of England School is a co-educational, 11-18 secondary school with Academy status. There are just under 1,000 students on roll, of which 260 are in the Sixth Form. In the most recent OfSTED inspection (September 2006) the school was inspected and judged to be “Outstanding”. The Diocese of Oxford inspected the school in February 2013 and also judged Waddesdon to be outstanding as a faith school, celebrating particularly the quality of relationships within the school community. 

Waddesdon is a small, attractive village with a population of around 2,000, situated on the main A41 road six miles to the west of Aylesbury. It is perhaps best known for Waddesdon Manor, former home of the de Rothschild family, now owned by the National Trust. 

The school itself is situated on a beautiful, open site on the edge of the Waddesdon Estate. We have a five form entry and an admission number of 140 each year. Over the past five years the Sixth Form has grown substantially, with many students choosing to join us from a wide range of neighbouring educational establishments. In recent years the school has been greatly oversubscribed. Young people of all faiths and none are all equally welcome. 

The importance of high achievement in all aspects of school life is recognised, as is the need for an awareness of Christian attitudes and values. The atmosphere in the school is friendly and relaxed but orderly and disciplined. School uniform is worn by the students to a very high standard. The school values and promotes good behaviour; spiritual, moral, cultural and social skills; high academic attainment and an atmosphere where dignity and respect are shown to all. 

During the years of the government’s Specialist Schools initiative, the school held specialisms in the Visual Arts and Maths and Computing. The school was designated as a High Performing Specialist School and was the Lead School in the Aylesbury Vale Leading Edge Partnership. The legacy of our specialist years means that our students and staff continue to benefit from excellent resources, additional curriculum opportunities and broad community links. Successive years of investment have ensured that general classrooms, specialist facilities and sports facilities are of the highest standards, enabling the school to provide educational opportunities fit for the 21st Century. 

The Governors of Waddesdon are concerned to appoint well qualified, dedicated staff to all posts within the school. It is a supportive place to work, often pressurised, but full of good will and good humour.  


Waddesdon Church of England School welcomes young people into a safe and secure community where students are encouraged to succeed according to their unique abilities. Standards and expectations are high and learning is developed through a wide range of engaging educational opportunities. Our ethos is rooted and grounded in traditional Christian values which foster dignity and respect for all and compassion and sensitivity towards others. Self-confidence is nurtured through praise, encouragement, acknowledgement of success and celebration of achievement. Our learning culture enables our students to fulfil their potential as responsible and productive citizens, to be keen life-long learners and to be proud to claim that they are a part of the Waddesdon tradition, the ‘Waddesdon Way’.  

The Governors have defined the aim of the school: To nurture and educate students in a Christian environment in order that they may achieve their full potential and be valuable members of society. 

SAFEGUARDING Waddesdon Church of England School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. A DBS enhanced disclosure will be requested from successful job applicants. 

Matthew Abbott


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Address: School Lane, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0LQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1296 651382