Proposed education specification for a new primary school at Graven Hill, Bicester


A new primary school is due to open on the Graven Hill housing development in Bicester. At the current time, it is expected to open in September 2020.

Oxfordshire County Council has drafted a specification, to outline the characteristics of the new school.

You can read this draft specification here: Draft specification for new school in Graven Hill, Bicester

The Department for Education states that the presumption must be that all new schools are academies. The Guidance on this can be read here:

This means that new schools are not run by Oxfordshire County Council, but by an academy sponsor. It remains the county council's duty to ensure sufficient pupil places. 

The county council would now like you to help us shape what type of school this should be. There are some things that we already know, and which can't be changed: for example, the size of the school (2-form-entry primary school) and the location (on a specified site within the Graven Hill development).

However, there are other characteristics of the school which are open for debate and suggestion, and these include:

  • Any specialism or focus it should have
  • Are there areas that you feel there is a gap for in Bicester, which the school could address?
  • How should the local community be able to use the school's facilities?
  • What would you like to see the school offering to the local population outside of school hours?

You can send us your feedback via this online questionnaire: Feedback questionnaire for new primary school at Graven Hill, Bicester

Alternatively, you can email us your feedback, putting 'New Primary School at Graven Hill, Bicester' in the subject line, to

Following this public consultation, responses will be considered and the final specification will be confirmed by OCC Cabinet Member for Children, Education & Families in early Autumn 2018.

After this, in late September 2018, we expect to then invite sponsors to submit Expressions of Interest in running this new school. The sponsors must submit showing how they will meet what is in the school specification. Shortlisting, detailed bids and interviews would then follow.

The final decision on who runs the school is made by the Department for Education's Regional Schools Commissioner on behalf of the Secretary of State.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    13 Jun 2018 at 00:00
  • Closed
    24 Jul 2018 at 23:59
  • Response Published



Contact Name Lucy Mills
Contact Email Address
Contact Phone Number 07586478794
Contact Postal Address County Hall
New Road
Contact Details

As above. 

Consultation Topic Community-led planning, Education & learning, Planning
Target Audience Oxfordshire residents, Families and parents, Councillors, Schools, Voluntary organisations and community groups
Geographical Area Bicester