Have your say on new Bicester secondary school

A 600-place school for 11 to 16-year-olds is expected to open on the Kingsmere housing development in September 2018 and the county council is consulting on a draft specification for the school

While the new school will be an academy and therefore independently run, the council has a role in setting out the type of school needed by the local community in order to invite bids from academy providers.

Drop-in event

A public drop-in event is being held from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday 13th October at Bicester Avenue Wyevale Garden Centre, Bicester Avenue, Oxford Road, Bicester OX25 2NY.

The council wants to hear people’s views on issues including:

  • Should the school should have a particular specialism or focus?
  • Are there localised industries that the school could prepare students to work in?
  • Are there any particular gaps in Bicester which the school could address?
  • Would you prefer more traditional subject teaching, or do you see a wide vocational range of choices as more important?
  • How should the local community be able to use the school's facilities and what services could the school link with?


The council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families Melinda Tilley said: “This is a real opportunity for residents to get involved in helping to shape the type of school they want to see for local children, and also to think about how the school can address the needs of the community as a whole.

“I would urge people to come along to our drop-in event and take part in this process. People can also visit our website to find out more about the plans and submit their views.”

Take take part in the consultation online

Emailed responses can also be sent to diane.cameron@oxfordshire.gov.uk