Chilworth House School

We provide a happy, welcoming and motivating learning environment, where everyone enjoys their learning and is encouraged to achieve success

“The difference in our child is beyond belief. He entered Chilworth as a child who had been to three schools by the end of Year 2. He had never successfully managed full time education, hated going to school and had a negative opinion of teachers. He now enjoys school so much that he can’t wait to get back there after the holidays. He has come such a long way and attends all day, every day. A fabulous school.”

Parent, 2014


Chilworth House School is an independent, specialist day school in Oxfordshire for boys and girls aged 5 to 14 with complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.

Values are at the heart of everything at Chilworth House School.  From the unique curriculum model which centres around ‘valuing education’ to the progression of the social and emotional skills and understanding of every pupil.  This is achieved by the development of trusting relationships, which are necessary to enable pupils to engage in their social and academic learning and take positive steps in their preparation for adulthood.

The school’s close knit and long standing staff team have created a truly nurturing and family orientated culture in a tranquil and homely setting. Our expertise and experience sets Chilworth House apart and this is evidenced by  the schools’ ability to engage with every child and release their full potential, both in terms of academic progress and personal development.  The school is partnered with Chilworth House Upper School and shares the same rural setting.

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Our Aims & Ethos

We are committed to giving our pupils a happy, nurturing and motivating atmosphere for them to enjoy their learning and where they are encouraged to reach their potential.

Chilworth House School is dedicated to:

  • Achieving the highest quality education and nurturing care so that every child can achieve their full potential academically, socially and emotionally
  • Offering a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum
  • Providing a happy, positive, secure and caring environment
  • Developing positive relationships between school, home and the wider community

Chilworth House School at a Glance

  1. ADHD, ASC, Asp, SEMH
  2. 5 - 14
  3. Day
  4. Boys & Girls

My son is a different child since starting here, much happier, and has regained his confidence.

Parent of Chilworth House pupil, 2015

Below are just some of the key features that pupils can experience at Chilworth House School:

  • Rated ‘Good with Outstanding Features’ by Ofsted, June 2012.
  • A curriculum model built around core values which promote social understanding, independence, and improved self-esteem. Through accelerated development in these areas our pupils are empowered to access and achieve in all areas of the Primary National Curriculum.
  • An individualised approach to the holistic needs of our pupils has a significant impact on their achievement.
  • Comprehensive on-site therapeutic support enables us to provide a range of tailored interventions including sensory diets and speech and language.
  • Specialist, experienced and dedicated staff ensure that our pupils feel safe, secure and supported.
  • Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high staff ratios and additional pastoral and academic support.
  • Excellent relationships between the school and home. Parental workshops and on-site events are also offered.

Our Local Offer

As a parent or carer we understand you will have plenty of questions when considering the best school for your child.

Our local offer attempts to answer many of these, but you can visit the rest of our web site to find out more. We will also be happy to answer any questions over the phone or arrange for you and your child to visit the school, so please just get in touch.

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Message from the Head Teacher

At Chilworth House School we enable pupils with a wide range of needs to access the curriculum, develop their self-esteem and reach their potential.

Our values based curriculum model is tailored to the needs of each individual and supports them to make rapid progress both socially and academically.

The school’s beautiful grounds are used creatively to enhance the curriculum and reflect the nurturing ethos of the school, making Chilworth House School a positive and happy environment to work and learn.

We welcome visits from parents and carers and local authorities, so please feel free to contact us with a view to arranging a visit at a mutually convenient time.

Dave Willcox

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What we’ve been up to at Chilworth House School

VIP treatment for pupils at Chilworth House

Pupils from Chilworth House School were recently invited to an inclusion day at Lord’s – the home of cricket. The ground which is steeped in history welcomed the pupils to watch Middlesex vs Yorkshire. The fun didn’t stop there, the pupils and ...

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Pupil celebrates national win

Pupils and staff at Chilworth House School have been celebrating the success of one of their pupils at the 2017 Engage in Their Future National Awards. Alife Parslow  won the Gold Award in the Good Citizen Award at the national awards ceremony ...

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