Statutory Proposal to Expand John Watson School

Oxfordshire County Council, working with the Governing Body of the school, proposes to expand the secondary phase of John Watson School by 16 places from September 2022 onward. This would increase the overall capacity of the school from 91 to 107 places and would secure long-term provision for sixth form pupils.

The proposed expansion of John Watson School is noted in Oxfordshire County Council's Special Educational Needs & Disability Sufficiency of Places Strategy (approved by Cabinet in December 2018).

The proposed expansion would be part funded from the Special Provision Fund government grant. This proposal has been informed by the open consultation carried out by the county council between 25 January and 22 February 2018, which allowed all those with an interest in provision for children and young people with SEND to feed back their views on the proposed plan for allocating this funding.

The proposed expansion would:

  • Be supportive of high educational standards for SEN education provision. John Watson School is rated Good by Ofsted (last inspected May 2016)
  • Provide more special school places for Oxfordshire's growing pupil population
  • Make it easier and quicker to place pupils with SEND in appropriate education
  • Reduce the county council's expenditure on high cost places at independent schools

The full details of this proposal are included in the full John Watson Statutory Proposal .

To respond to this consultation, please complete the online feedback form here. If you would like a response to your comments, please provide your email address.

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This consultation will close at midnight on Friday 17 July 2020.

This consultation has now closed. At the 9 September 2020 delegated decisions meeting for the Cabinet Member for Education and Cultural Services, the expansion of John Watson School as set out in this proposal was approved:


  • Opened
    19 Jun 2020 at 00:00
  • Closed
    17 Jul 2020 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    09 Sep 2020

Consultation Documents


Contact Name Barbara Chillman
Contact Email Address
Contact Phone Number 07554 103418

Consultation Topic
  • Education & learning
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Children
  • Young people
  • Families and parents
  • Carers
  • People with a learning disability
  • People with a physical disability
  • People with a sensory disability
  • Councillors
  • Schools
  • Voluntary organisations and community groups
Geographical Area
  • Chalgrove, Thame Watlington and Wheatley