Bright future for Chiltern Edge School following progress review

Chiltern Edge School is to stay open after an independent review on its progress was considered by Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet today.

The report was commissioned by the council following a consultation on the school’s future earlier this year, after it was placed in Special Measures by Ofsted.

Among its findings, the review found that the school is improving, with leaders having taken “effective action” to address the issues raised, leading to “improved educational provision” for its pupils.


Approving the recommendation not to go ahead with a formal closure notice, the council’s Cabinet noted the progress made by the school towards both addressing the weaknesses highlighted by Ofsted and creating an in-year balanced budget.

Meanwhile discussions towards the school becoming an academy are continuing with Maiden Erlegh Trust - a Multi-Academy Trust based in Wokingham.

“Tremendous efforts”

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education Hilary Hibbert-Biles said: “I’m delighted by the progress made by Chiltern Edge School since it was put into special measures by Ofsted earlier this year.

“In commissioning this progress report, our intention was to give the school more time to turn itself around, and the tremendous efforts of staff and pupils appear to be doing just that – though there is of course some way to go, as the review also notes.

She added: "The school deserves great credit, and now the uncertainty over its future has been removed, it has the opportunity to deliver further improvements and secure good outcomes for its pupils. Credit must also go to the parents for the huge amount of support they have given the school, and I hope this will continue in the future as it makes further improvements.”