Proposed education specification for a new primary school in north east Didcot

Oxfordshire County Council has identified the need to establish a new primary school in north east Didcot, expected to open in September 2023. The new school will chiefly serve a permitted new housing development of 1,880 homes in north east Didcot, construction of which is underway. This school forms part of the strategic planning for additional school capacity to meet the expected growth in pupil numbers arising from housing growth in Didcot both permitted and planned in the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Local Plans.

Under section 6A of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (the ‘free school presumption’) where a local authority identifies the need to establish a new school it must, in the first instance, seek proposals to establish an academy.

The selection of the academy sponsor will be based on an educational specification drawn up by the county council. This consultation seeks views on the proposed draft specification. All comments will be considered when finalising the specification, which will then be submitted to the Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member responsible for Education for approval. 

Potential academy sponsors will then be invited to submit expressions of interest as detailed in the specification. 

The draft specification is available here: School specification document for potential sponsors of a new primary school in Didcot, Oxfordshire 

You can comment on the draft specification by filling in the online questionnaire: Proposed education specification for a new primary school in north east Didcot 


  • Opened
    16 Jun 2021 at 09:00
  • Closed
    14 Jul 2021 at 23:59


Contact Name Barbara Chillman
Contact Email Address
Contact Phone Number +447554103418

Consultation Topic
  • Education & learning
  • Planning
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Children
  • Young people
  • Families and parents
  • Carers
  • Councillors
  • Schools
Geographical Area
  • Didcot