Banbury and its surrounding villages have many primary schools judged “good” by the government’s education watchdog, Ofsted, but only Great Tew, in the village of the same name is judged “outstanding.”
The best performing comprehensive schools are: Blessed George Napier RC (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Addison Road; the Warriner School (ages 11 to 16, with a sixth form opening in September 2013) in Bloxham, which has its own 120 acre-farm, the largest in the country; and Chenderit School in Middleton Cheney; the first two are judged “good”, the last is “outstanding”.
The private prep schools are: St John’s Priory (co-ed, ages two to 11) in St John’s Road and Carrdus School (co-ed ages two to 11) at Overthorpe Hall. The private secondary schools are Tudor Hall (girls’ day and boarding, ages 11 to 18) in Wykham Park and Bloxham School (co-ed day and boarding, ages 11 to 18) in Bloxham. Further afield Winchester House in Brackley is a top prep school and the Warwickshire grammar schools are also a popular choice.