Special visitor for St Luke's pupils
The Prime Minister, Theresa May, visited St. Luke’s Church of England School on Friday 4th May as part of a School project on Inspirational People. She spoke about her role locally and globally and answered a range of questions from the KS2 pupils. Mrs May shared experiences from her own school days and explained that her favourite subject at School had been Mathematics and that she had always loved to read as a child – expressing the importance of reading a range of books to help us all to learn more. 

Andre(yr4) asked her how she felt when she got the job of Prime Minister and Camelia (y6) asked her if it was difficult to try and please everyone and how she tried to do this.

Mrs May explained that she had always wanted to go into politics and was inspired from a young age by her father - to work hard and try her best.  She also offered advice to the year 6 children with regard to their SATS tests expressing the need to “get lots of sleep and wake up fresh, to concentrate and do the best that you can.”

Taylor (y4) asked how her job affected those around her and Theresa May explained that “the job is my life...morning, noon and evening!” 

She offered additional advice to those interested in wanting to be an MP or Prime Minister telling them to ‘watch the news especially what happens in Parliament and also to learn what politics is about…and (most importantly) to persevere as it can take time.’
Mrs May ended by responding to a question about what she would like to be remembered for and she explained that she “would like to be remembered for introducing the Modern Slavery Act.”

All of the pupils really enjoyed listening to the Prime Minister and were very excited to share the news of their special visitor with their parents as they left at the end of the school day.


Northbourne becomes ODST's 30th school
ODST is now a family of 30 schools, with Northbourne CE Primary School officially welcomed into the trust. Northbourne, near Didcot, celebrated with an opening assembly on 5 February.

Academies from right across the Diocese of Oxford make up the 30 schools - all primary schools, but a diverse group that includes both faith and non-faith schools.
View our full schools list.


New nursery for St Luke's
St Luke's CE Primary have celebrated the opening of the school's new nursery, with the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead cutting the ribbon. The nursery opening follows St Luke's' Outstanding Ofsted report and was made possible by a £27,000 donation from a local charity, the Spoore, Merry and Rixman Foundation, which supports the education of children in Maidenhead.

Headteacher Amanda Hough  said 'A s a school team we are thrilled with the final product and the high quality provision that St Luke’s Nursery has already started to offer to families in the local community. Our numbers are growing fast and from April we will already be full on most days.'

Read more and view pictures in the
Maidenhead Advertiser.

Welcome to Deddington primary
We are delighted to welcome Deddington CE Primary School to ODST. Deddington celebrated joining the trust with an opening ceremony on 30 January. To find out more about Deddington CE Primary School, visit the school's website.
Deddington assembly

Bampton pupils 'are happy, feel safe and enjoy learning' 
Bampton CE Primary School maintained its 'Good' Ofsted rating, with inspectors praising leaders' 'strong determination to bring about further improvement'. 

The report highlighted how positive parents are about the school; the confidence and behaviour of pupils; and recent progress made in mathematics.

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Outstanding result for St Luke's, Maidenhead
St Luke’s CE Primary School in Maidenhead has been rated ‘Outstanding’ following a recent Ofsted inspection. The inspection team reported that the school ‘is a haven of tolerance and respect… a calm, caring, and friendly place where everyone feels valued’ and praised the ‘exceptional’ school leadership and governance.

The report praises pupils’ behaviour, engagement and progress, and recognises how their ‘spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding are particularly well developed by the rich range of learning opportunities that the curriculum provides.’ It also highlights how disadvantaged pupils, pupils with special educational needs and pupils with English as an additional language, are supported very effectively and achieve well.
Inspectors described the headteacher Amanda Hough as ‘inspirational’ and emphasised the strength and commitment of her leadership team.

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North Leigh CE School continues to be a Good school

HMI praised the leadership team for maintaining the good quality of education in the school and establishing a culture of high ambition for pupils’ academic and personal development. Ofsted noted that the school provides a clear focus on achieving the highest quality of teaching and learning.

The school's strong sense of community was also praised, with the report noting that 'Safeguarding is at the heart of this nurturing and caring environment. Pupils say they feel safe in school because ‘everyone helps each other'.' The inspection is the first since Headteacher Deborah Seccull was appointed and the school became an ODST academy in 2015.

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Good result for St Peter's Church of England Middle School
Congratulations to St Peter's Church of England Middle School in Old Windsor, who are celebrating a 'Good' rating at their recent inspection.

Ofsted praised pupils' exemplary conduct and the improvements made to the school.  Inspectors recognised that the recent changes stimulated by the headteacher and other leaders had galvanised the staff, governors and parents so that they worked effectively to support pupils. The school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare was described as outstanding.

The report highlighted how the ODST had supported the school, challenged school leaders on how the school could be further improved, and strengthened middle leaders' work on effective teaching and learning.

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Newly appointed apartments available for Teachers - Wantage

The Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust have been working in partnership with the CSMV Trustees at the Wantage Convent, to develop six high quality part furnished apartments for teachers (particularly for those at the earlier stages of their teaching career) at affordable rents.  The flats are available to teachers working at all ODST schools and Church of England schools.  ODST teachers will be given high priority. The apartments will be available for tenants by 1 September 2017 and tours of the facilities can be arranged.

With the affordable terms being offered and the high quality of fit out on offer, these flats are likely to be taken up quickly so an early viewing of the new facilities is recommended at an early date. The flats are furnished to a high specification including NEFF appliances, high speed broadband wi-fi, video entry system and fitted kitchen with quality work tops.

All enquiries should be directed to Mr Simon Bunyard, the estates bursar at the Convent.

His contact details are:


Telephone:         01235 763400

Address:              S Bunyard, The Estates Bursar, St. Mary’s Convent, Denchworth Road, Wantage OX12 9AU

ODST give grateful thanks to the Trustees and Sisters at The Community of St Mary the Virgin (CSMV) in Wantage for their generosity and kindness in supporting and funding this important project.

Holyport C of E Primary School Joins Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust

On Friday 17th June 2016 Holyport School was joined by the Mayor of Maidenhead and the UK's new Prime Minister, Theresa May to officially open their school as an academy.
Anne Davey (Chief Executive Officer), David Cousins (Director of Schools) Suzanne Lane (School Link Adviser) and Mark Jones (HR Manager) from ODST joined the celebration, as well as governors and parents.
The year 6 children gave an interesting talk about the history of the school and year 3 shared their thoughts about what pupils at Holyport would become in the future which included astronaughts, architects and authors!!  The children then joyously sang Love Learning, Love Life.
Following on from the assembly everyone then made their way outside to release 100's of balloons, for which clearace was needed from Heathrow Air Trafic Control!!  

Brize Norton Primary School Celebrates joining the ODST

On 11th March 2016, Brize Norton held their Celebration Assembly to
mark the occasion of their school becoming an academy and joining

Miranda Mowbray, Chair of Governors spoke about how through joining
ODST it would secure the furure of the school, enabling it to remain a
happy, safe and friendly environment where pupils will continue to
contribute to the local community both now and in the future.

The children then cheerfully sang Give it all you've got.

Anna Fairhurst, Head Teacher spoke about the vision of the school: Belonging, Learning and Suceeding.  The children then volunteered to introduce the school values which included perseverance, empathy, honesty and belonging. 

Anne Davey, CEO talked about what being academy status means and that ODST will not only look after the pupils, it will support and take care of all of the staff and governors within the school too!

Radio Times Competition 
The Radio Times recently called upon all young artisits to disign a Birthday Cover for the Queen.  Overall they received 11,000 entries,
along with the winner they selected 90 entries as highly commended, including one, by Matilda Walker
(year 3) from North Leigh!



Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust Continues To Grow

Three new schools, have joined the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust in 2017. A Warm welcome to Dr South's,Tackley CE Primary School, Leafield Primary School and Wroxton C of E Primary School. The Trust now has 23 schools.

A special assembly at Tackley CE Primary School marked the start of the school’s life as a Diocesan Academy. Anne Davey, Director of Education, David Locke, Chief Operating Officer and Mark Jones, HR Manager, from ODST joined the celebration, as well as governors and parents.  Each class shared work on illustrating the school values which included, honesty, forgiveness, respect and responsibility.

At Dr South's, the pupils sang a special song of praise, Sara Shriste. Representitives from the ODST all made a special pledge during the assembly and an ODST plaque was presented by Anne Davey, Director of Education. 

New Beginnings at North Leigh

Children, staff and parents at North Leigh CE Primary School were delighted with the opportunity of a Welcome Assembly to celebrate New Beginnings - not just as an Academy within ODST, but also at the beginning of a school year, with a new headteacher and two new staff members.

The children were also very happy and excited to demonstrate their wonderful singing voices, supported by new technology in the hall.
Margaret Dixon the local vicar and Simon Kirby, the vicar of St Mary's Cogges were also invited to join in the celebrations and delivered the blessing to the school, as well as taking time to visit and bless the children in the Foundation Class who were only in their second full day!
Bells Ring Out at Burford Primary School

A celebration assembly was held on 1 October, to mark the occasion of Burford Primary School joining ODST as an academy; a very special occasion in its almost 140 year history.

Anne Davey (Chief Executive Officer), David Locke (Chief Operating Officer) and Suzanne Lane (School Link Adviser) from ODST joined the celebration, as well as governors and parents.

Key Stage 1 children sang a French song, ‘Salut! Ca va?’, with Key Stage 2 ringing handbells to celebrate in traditional style, followed by the singing  of ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’.

To demonstrate the process of change, from the old to the new, Year 5 & 6 children read their own versions of ‘Just so stories’.

Anne Davey presented the Chair of Governors, Zoey Khan and Head Teacher, Jenny Dyer, with an ODST Academy Plaque and shared this with the children. Anne talked about each child being special and how ODST would support their school in helping them to be the best learners possible, both now and in the years ahead.

Bampton School joins the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust

On Thursday 10th September Bampton School was joined by Bishop Alan and members of ODST to officially open their school as an academy.

The work of the school and all those who come together there were blessed. The year 6 children shared readings from the Bible and Anne Davey spoke passionately about the future of the ODST schools and the ODST vision for the children before presenting the Headteacher and Chair of Governors with a plaque to mark the occasion.  

Everyone then made their way outside to the new reflective garden and the Bishop blessed that space.        
A Prayer for our Schools

Please pray for our schools as the academic year begins.


As this school year gets underway, we bring before You our schools.

We give You thanks for all those in our school communities; the children and their families, the staff, and those who work to support the life of our schools, both on site and elsewhere. Each one is known to You and each one is uniquely valued.

Lord we pray for each child, that they may feel enthusiasm and excitement at the beginning of this school year.  We pray that they may enjoy their studies and activities, develop friendships and learn more about You, in an environment where they feel safe, secure and cared-for.  And we pray for their families; that You would help them to know how best to support and encourage each individual child.

We bring to You the members of staff in our schools. We thank You for them and for their care and dedication. We ask that You would give them wisdom, understanding and inspiration for the year ahead and that You would encourage them as they go about their daily work in the days and weeks to come. Help them to know Your peace in a busy working environment.

Lord, we thank You too for those who work to support our schools, both in school and in other organisations.  Please guide and direct them in their roles and help them as they seek to build and maintain good working relationships.

Finally, Lord we bring to You all those in our wider communities.  We pray that each school would be a blessing to their community and may reflect Your love.

In Your name we pray


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