Consultation into the Future of Primary Education Provision Serving Culham and Clifton Hampden


Following this consultation, a statutory proposal to close Culham Parochial Church of England Primary School was published, and has been approved.


Clifton Hampden Church of England Primary School and Culham Parochial Church of England Primary School are both part of the Thames Bridge Church of England Federation. Although two separate schools, they have a shared headteacher and governing body. Together, they aim to provide the best possible education for local children.

The Thames Bridge Church of England Federation and Oxfordshire County Council are consulting on the future of how primary education should be provided in this area. We are considering whether the two schools should now be fully merged. The legal process to merge two schools is the closure of one school, with expansion of pupil numbers at the remaining school.

Based on current pupil numbers and Ofsted ratings, we are exploring whether Culham Parochial Church of England Primary School should be closed, and pupil numbers at Clifton Hampden Church of England Primary School be increased.

This consultation is to gather the information that would be necessary if it is decided to propose formal closure of Culham Parochial School. This includes:

  • Whether closure would support or harm educational standards in this area.
  • How pupils will be accommodated, should Culham Parochial Church of England Primary School be closed.
  • What alterations would be needed to the accommodation at Clifton Hampden, should Culham Parochial close.
  • What impact closure would have on the local community, and what can be done to mitigate any adverse impact.
  • Transport implications likely to result from the closure of the school.
  • Are there viable alternatives to the closure of the school?

This consultation is about gathering information to inform any future proposal. It is important to stress at this stage that no decisions have been taken. Everyone with an interest in the provision of good quality education for children in the local area is encouraged to take part in the consultation, to inform future decisions.

For more information, read the consultation leaflet here.

As this consultation goes on, we will update this page with frequently asked questions and other updates: Question & Answers


  • Opened
    10 Jun 2019 at 00:00
  • Closed
    22 Jul 2019 at 23:59


Contact Name Joanne Booker
Contact Email Address
Contact Phone Number 07393 001258

Consultation Topic
  • Education & learning
Target Audience
  • Families and parents
  • Councillors
  • Schools
  • Voluntary organisations and community groups
Geographical Area
  • Abingdon