About Us

OFSTED 2016

Highlights…… ‘This is a good school.’ ‘The Headteacher and Deputy Headteachers have high expectations of everyone. ‘ ‘Governors are effective. They provide appropriate challenge and support to senior leaders and check that responsibilities are met.’ ‘Senior leaders have an accurate understanding of the school’s effectiveness. ‘ ‘Staff share senior leaders’ motivations and are striving to …

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Photos

              Photographs by Pennie Withers:               

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SEND Information Report

Please follow the link below to access our most recent SEND report. SEND Report 2017 2018   The first BBC Terrific Scientific SEND resource is now available online. Its based on the work Karen Fourie  and Sarah Bearchell have done with Waterperry Class. BBC Terrific Science resource link

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Staffing Structure

Please follow the link below to see our most current Staffing Structure.   Staffing Structure September 2017      

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The School Day

  Primary Site 8.45 Pupils arrive 9.00 Register 9.05 wake up Shake up 9.20 Learning and Lessons 10.40 Breaktime 10.55 Lesson/Activities 12.00 Lunchtime in the dining hall 12.30 Lunchtime play 1.05 Register 1.10 Afternoon activities/lessons 2.50 End of the school day Secondary Site 8.45 students arrive, register and morning work 9.15 Period 1 10.15 Snack …

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Visitor/Professional feedback

 Feedback comments  “Friendly nice and helpful” “Helpful, Friendly and professional” “Delightful,welcoming” “Pleasant and helpful” “Spent a lovely hour in class and met some fantastic children and enthusiastic staff. Will be back soon to visit again”. “So helpful!”  “Staff very helpful and professional. Supportive to parents”  “Felt welcomed & staff presented as very professional”  “I was …

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Wheatley Nursery Hard Federated

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Our History

John Watson School celebrated its 50th year in 2016 while Wheatley Nursery School celebrated its 21st year. John Watson School opened in 1966, we are named after Dr John Watson, a much-respected Medical Officer, who championed quality special needs provision  in Oxfordshire. In the early 1980s the school began to offer some inclusion opportunities with …

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Admissions

John Watson School is  a community special school for children with severe, complex, or profound learning difficulties. Our catchment area is wide and covers both rural and urban areas – see map. All admissions decisions rest with the local education authority, Oxfordshire County Council. Please contact the school office on 01865 452725.

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Organisation

The school is based on two sites in Wheatley.   Up to the age of 11, children are based at a site which we share with Wheatley Nursery School and Wheatley Primary School. The main school office serving John Watson School and Wheatley Nursery School is located at the Primary site.  The Clinical Nurse works …

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School Leaders

Stephen Passey (Headteacher WNS/JWS) Stephen has worked for Oxfordshire Local Authority for over 25 years. He began his career in a local village Primary and then moved into several promoted teaching positions, taking his first Deputy post in 1996 and remaining in Primary Education until 2004 when he moved into Special Education. After completing his Masters …

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Working with Parents

We aim to involve parents in their child’s education from the time their child arrives at the school. A home-school diary system is used to ensure regular daily communication between staff and parents; this is particularly crucial for children who do not have the communication skills to tell their parents “what happened at school today”. …

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Partnerships

Wheatley Nursery School John Watson School is led by Wheatley Nursery School and John Watson Schools federated Governing body. Wheatley Nursery School is a separate school with its own DfE number, however the headteacher and many other staff are jointly employed by both schools. All children under the age of 5 who are on the …

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After School

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Family Links

John Watson School is a Family Links school. Family Links trains parenting support practitioners and school staff who want to use the ‘Nurturing Programme’ in their work with parents and children. All classes follow the nurturing programme which is explained below. More information can be found on the Family Links Website.   The Nurturing Programme …

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Therapy

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