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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 the village mainstream schools.

In September 1993 Wheatley Nursery School was established and has always been in the unique position of sharing one headteacher across both schools.

The school logo represents the close relationships that have been established over time with our three partner schools, with whom we share sites: Wheatley Nursery School Wheatley Primary School and Wheatley Park School.

The Sixth form opened in 2008, and has gone from strength to strength. It offers young people clear pathways into college and other provisions as they make the transition to adulthood.

In 2007 our purpose built  Secondary Department opened at the heart of the Wheatley Park Campus. It is named after Steve Drywood an ex-deputy headteacher at Wheatley Park School and a governor at John Watson School.

In September 2013 Stephen Passey became only the fourth headteacher to lead John Watson School in its history.

In June 2014 John Watson formed a Federation with Wheatley Nursery School. It continues to employ many of the same staff, and shares a single governing body.