Statutory Proposal to Expand Longworth Primary School


On 18 December 2019, the Cabinet Member for Education & Cultural Services APPROVED the proposed expansion of Longworth Primary School from a capacity of 70 to a capacity of 105, with effect from 1 September 2020, subject to the following condition:

 1. That, prior to 1 April 2020, planning permission has been granted for the necessary additional accommodation for the school.

Please note that this planning permission was granted on Friday 13 December 2019.

Decision sheet details on public website

Reasons for the decision to expand the school are explained in the report to the Cabinet Member, which can be accessed at the following link (please see Item 4):


Oxfordshire County Council, working with the Governing Body of the school, proposes to expand Longworth Primary School to 0.5 form entry. This would involve an increase in Longworth’s admission number in September 2020 from 10 to 15 on a permanent basis.  

The proposed expansion of the school means that each year group that starts at the school from September 2020 onward would consist of up to 15 places, making a maximum total of 105 pupils in Reception to Year 6 across the whole school eventually. 

The proposed expansion would:

  • Ensure the county council meets its statutory duty to secure sufficient school places, in an area which is experiencing rapid housing growth.
  • Be supportive of high educational standards and parental choice. Longworth Primary School is rated Outstanding by Ofsted (last inspected December 2010). As part of the proposed expansion, the resulting change of class structure would improve alignment with the Key Stages.
  • Improve the school's financial viability.
  • Maintain parental choice for existing families and those moving into the village and the surrounding area.
  • Prevent unnecessary increases in travel time and costs for families in the area, who might otherwise have to accept places at schools further away from where they live.

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

Answers to questions raised about the proposed expansion during the school's annual parents' survey are provided on the following webpage: Questions & Answers

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.

Alternatively, you may respond by:

  • Emailing your response to, quoting 'Longworth Expansion' in the subject line
  • Handing in a written response at the reception office of Longworth Primary School
  • Posting a written response to Joanne Booker, Access to Learning, Oxfordshire County Council, 4th Floor County Hall, Oxford OX1 1ND, marking your envelope LONGWORTH EXPANSION

This consultation has now closed and feedback is available.


  • Opened
    4 Nov 2019 at 00:00
  • Closed
    2 Dec 2019 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    18 Dec 2019


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

Consultation Topic
  • Education & learning
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Children
  • Young people
  • Families and parents
  • Councillors
  • Schools
  • Voluntary organisations and community groups
Geographical Area
  • Faringdon