Press Release

The Governing Body of Oxted School has announced its unanimous decision for the School to convert to an Academy as part of The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT), a Multi Academy Trust. 

Brian Taylor, Chair of Governors, says:

‘We are rightly proud of our School, students and staff.  This decision secures the future of Oxted School and will benefit both existing and future generations of students.   It also provides professional opportunities for our staff to develop and grow.  We look forward to our future role as partners within The Howard Partnership Trust’.

Oxted School has been in the unique position of working alongside THPT for the last 18 months and this experience has highlighted the benefits of collaborative working.  In reaching their independent decision, Governors researched alternative options available and considered all the comments received during the consultation process. 

Paul Humphrey, Community Governor and former student of Oxted School, comments:

‘Becoming an Academy within The Howard Partnership Trust will allow Oxted School to continue delivering the quality and breadth of education, pastoral care and extra-curricular activities that have for so long been at the heart of the School, and which I experienced as a student here. The decision to become an Academy has been taken with care and I believe it offers the best route for Oxted School to become an outstanding School’.

Staff have welcomed this announcement as long-serving teacher Alison McNamara confirms:

‘As a member of staff at Oxted School for more than 35 years I have seen many changes. This new chapter in Oxted School's story is exciting because of the opportunities it gives to students, parents and staff. Every teacher recognises that truly collaborative working is very powerful. Since 2013, through working closely with THPT, the learning for our students has improved, the teaching is stronger and, as a result, student outcomes have got better. Moving forward, as full members of THPT, I am confident that outcomes will be even better’.


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