About Chilworth House Upper School

Chilworth House Upper School is a co-educational, independent specialist day school, providing high quality education for boys and girls. Based in Wheatley on the outskirts of Oxford, the school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.

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Our location

Chilworth House Upper School is located in Wheatley on the outskirts of Oxford. Pupils who attend our school travel from across the South East region.

We love having visitors and would welcome you to enjoy the Chilworth House experience for yourself. To arrange a visit contact us directly.

To help you plan your journey download our location map here.

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Welcome from the Head Teacher

We have a track record of delivering the very highest standards of education and care. We provide an accepting, positive and welcoming learning environment for all of our young people and offer a broad and balanced curriculum, which allows pupils to follow both academic and vocational pathways.

Pupils are able to make choices for their individual pathway and all courses are accredited to GCSE level, which mirrors a mainstream offering. However, where our approach differs is in the delivery of these courses, through an individualised approach for each pupil, taking advantage of personalised and alternative curriculums.

We also offer off-site provisions that allow our pupils to access additional course options, as well as attend a mainstream setting. All pupils in Year 10 and 11 also have at least two weeks work experience in different fields of industry to help them gain work skills and experience for their future careers.

Our commitment to providing our pupils with an unparalleled learning environment has resulted in the development of a purpose built sports hall and state-of-the-art science laboratory, adding to the existing high quality and well-resourced classrooms and educational suites.

We would be delighted to welcome you to the school to see for yourself the ongoing progression of our facilities, staff team and most importantly our young people.

Tracy McEwan

We are committed to:

Respecting the value of all individual pupils and staff
Providing the highest standards of care and education
Ensuring safety, security and opportunities for success

Aims and Ethos

We aim to provide our pupils with an accepting, positive and welcoming learning environment, where they are given the opportunity to grow and develop as individuals.


Our school at a Glance

In-house Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Educational Psychologist, with access to the wider Witherslack Group Clinical Team.
A highly qualified staff team with all staff trained by Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists, as well as accessing national courses and trainers.
Small class groups (average size 7 pupils) with pupils grouped according to age and ability, where appropriate.
A dedicated and highly resourced vocational centre to facilitate a broad 16-19 programme.
Year 7 Nurture Group to help pupils transition from primary to secondary school.

We are part of Witherslack Group

We are proud to be part of Witherslack Group, the leading provider of inspirational education and care to children and young people, resulting in life changing experiences and countless stories of success.

Witherslack Group provide specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, communication difficulties (autistic spectrum conditions; Asperger’s Syndrome; speech, language and communication needs), ADHD and complex learning needs.