Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for ensuring there are sufficient school places across the county. They have commissioned our new school (located in Windrush Place) to meet the demand of four new housing developments in the town, eventually adding more than 1500 new homes to Witney. The Council has previously stated that there is not sufficient capacity in the town to accommodate all the pupils from these new housing developments, and the developers (through their section 106 agreement) have committed to invest in Witney by delivering a new primary school to be ready in line with a pre-determined timeline. This means the school is on track to open in September 2021, subject to the agreement of the Secretary of State for Education.
As a Church of England School, it is likely that the school will attract some pupils from beyond Windrush Place and Colwell Green, as parents exercise parental choice. However, this is balanced with the catchment area prioritising residents within the development and not prioritising Church attendance or baptised children. The other significant developments (Burford Road and Springfield Oval) are in the catchment area of existing schools in Witney.
Windrush Church of England Primary School is planned to grow from the bottom up (a new Reception class every year) to reduce pupil movement and avoid destabilising other local schools.