Chilworth House Upper

We believe that through encouragement and support in a positive and nurturing atmosphere, we can help students achieve their maximum potential.

“There is no other school like it. It is an amazing place that has delivered life changing results for my son and our family. We feel very privileged to be able to send our son here and feel he now has a bright future ahead of him.”


Welcome to Chilworth House Upper School

Chilworth House Upper School is an independent, specialist day school in Oxfordshire, providing high quality education for girls and boys aged 11 to 18.  The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.

We have a shared vision based on the belief that we can achieve where other schools have failed.  Our school logo, a kite bird of prey soaring high, illustrates the school’s aspiration for every pupil and upon joining each young person is encouraged to aim upwards and begin the journey to both academic and personal achievement.

Sharing the same rural setting as Chilworth Lower, the school’s extensive grounds, highly resourced class rooms and vocational centre offer an impressive environment for young people to not only engage with their learning but also make their first steps into further education or their chosen career path.

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Our Aims & Ethos

We aim to provide our students with an accepting, positive and welcoming learning environment, from which all of our students are given the opportunity to grow and develop as an individual.

We are committed to the the following principles:

  • respecting the value of all individual pupils and staff
  • providing the highest standards of care and education
  • ensuring safety, security and opportunities for success

The broad curriculum allows pupils to follow both academic and vocational paths, giving each pupil the chance to achieve and succeed.

We want students at our school to experience many successes, in a nurturing and caring environment. As a school we believe this helps develop confidence, self-belief and esteem, which are all important parts of preparing for adult life and building a positive future – our ultimate aim for each young person at Chilworth House Upper School.

Chilworth House Upper at a Glance

  1. ADHD, ASD, Asp, SEMH
  2. 11-18
  3. Day
  4. Boys & Girls

“I am so pleased that I chose Chilworth House Upper School. Without doubt, the best decision I ever made and I would not hesitate in recommending the school to any parent or carer.”

Parent of Chilworth House pupil

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



  • A commitment to achieving outstanding educational, vocational, personal and social outcomes for all pupils.
  • An individualised and specialised curriculum for every pupil with both academic and vocational opportunities.
  • In-house Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Educational Psychologist, with access to the wider Witherslack Group Therapy Team.
  • Small class groups (average size 7 pupils) with pupils grouped according to age and ability, where appropriate.
  • A highly qualified staff team, with all staff trained by Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists, as well as via national courses and trainers.
  • Consideration of transition from primary school, with Year 7 taught by one key member of staff on a primary model to ease transition.
  • Excellent links are built between school and home, with regular parental workshops, free advice and support sessions held for parents and carers.

Our children’s home

Our homes provide complete 52 week wrap around care. We are partnered with the following Witherslack Group children's home:

Our SEN Information Report

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

Our SEN Information Report (Local Offer) attempts to answer many of these, but you can visit the rest of our website 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

A very warm welcome to the Chilworth House Upper School website. I hope you find it interesting and informative.

I am very proud to lead a team of highly committed professionals that deliver the very best in personalised education, pastoral and therapeutic support for all of our young people.  All of the staff at Chilworth House Upper School will go the “extra mile” for our pupils to provide a supportive and nurturing environment to help build self confidence, resilience, respect and the skills necessary to engage in an ever changing world.

I strongly believe that every young person can succeed given the right environment, support and opportunities so that they can contribute to, and lead, a fulfilling life in society. Working together with parents and carers, anything is possible!

We offer an exciting and engaging curriculum offering a wide range of nationally recognised academic and vocation qualifications and accreditations including GCSE, BTEC, ASDAN, Functional Skills and many more. Specialist facilities support our curriculum offer and we have recently added a new classroom block on our Arts and Vocational site.

I look forward to welcoming you to our school.

Tracy McEwan

What we’ve been up to at Chilworth House Upper

Glowing praise for CHUS pupils

Receiving feedback about the success of our pupils further reiterates the leaps in progress they have made. This week, Andrew Hemming, Vocational Centre Manager of Chilworth House Upper School received an email from Dee, a member of staff from ...

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Pupils are mesmerised by theatre production

The Mandela Theatre Company recently visited Chilworth House Upper School to perform  their play Castaways, which is currently touring the UK. The play is about three teenagers who were born on the same day, in the same town but with very ...

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