Neighbouring institutions

Oxford Spires Academy (01865 428200)

Ethos and Values

Outstanding Learning & Exceptional Achievement

Oxford Spires Academy ensures that every student is well-educated, has the opportunity to attend university, and is able to lead a happy and fulfilled life. Oxford Spires Academy is a friendly and positive Academy which values each individual. We are highly collaborative and ensure that no child is left behind. We build strong rapport, both as teams of teachers and with our students. Students develop a strong sense of belonging and strong sense of identity, cared for and challenged through our vibrant House System.

Our students make strong progress. We are about outstanding learning and exceptional achievement. Every decision is made with the question in mind will this help the students to learn better and achieve more?We believe in a relentless focus to support each individual to be the best that they can be.

We are a centre for excellence for English and literacy and believe in developing each studentsstrong personal voice and their confidence. We are clear that there are no excuses for underachievement. We aim to identify barriers that may be standing in the way of achievement, understand them in relation to our context and then focus on breaking them down, one by one. There are no excuses. We specialise in knowing our community and how best to support all our learners.

We instill in our students from the start a sense of integrity and confidence. Every adult in our community is a role model; every student is a role model and we all have the opportunity and responsibility to have a positive impact on the lives of others. We all walk the walkand create a positive learning environment in all that we do. We give trust and respect at all times and ensure that students have fun and are happy in their learning. This ethos has established a success culture that we celebrate at every opportunity.

We want all of our students to be the best that they can be

Our Hard Work

We achieve greatness by working hard and progress to achieve the next step.

Our Integrity

We do the right thing because it is who we are and who we want to be.

Our Excellence

We will be better today than we were yesterday. We will be better tomorrow than we were today.

History of Oxford Spires Academy

OXFORD SPIRES ACADEMY (OSA) opened in 2011 under the sponsorship of the Centre for British Teachers (CfBT). It is quite unique amongst the academies within the city in that its history can be traced to the latter half of the nineteenth century.

The Central Boys’ School opened in 1871 and the City of Oxford Technical Day School in 1894 with the latter becoming the Municipal Secondary School in 1921. Both institutions merged in 1934 to form Southfield Grammar School in 1934 on the current site of OSA. Perhaps the most famous alumnus of the school is television and film actor Patrick Mower who left school to become a draughtsman before being accepted by RADA.

The City of Oxford High School for Boys was founded in 1881 jointly by Oxford City Council and the University of Oxford to ‘complete the ladder of learning’ between school and university. Until it became a grammar school following the 1944 Education Act it had been a fee paying school but with fifty annual scholarships for the sons of families with limited means. Its most famous alumnus was T. E. Lawrence better known as Lawrence of Arabia. Other famous alumni include actor and comedian Ronnie Barker, former Master of Jesus College, Oxford, Lord Krebs and Professor Heinz Wolff. The original school building in George Street was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson and is currently used by the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford.

The City of Oxford High School and Southfield School merged in 1966 to become Oxford School until the late 1990s when it became Oxford Community School. Alumni include former government Minister, the Rt. Hon. Lord Hunt, former MEP Lord Harrison who was also Head of Trevelyan House at Oxford School and Harry Gibson who wrote the stage adaptation for Trainspotting.

Jesus College, Oxford 

Herbert Close site– East Oxford

The East Oxford site is just less than 3 km from the central College site and next to the College’s Sports Ground. These are self-contained, self-catering flats with 3 or 4 bedrooms, an open plan living/dining room and kitchen, and a bathroom/toilet. All residents have use of the large gardens at the site.

The College has 11 one-bedroom flats for established couples in a dedicated block. These are available to married couples and couples in civil partnerships, and to unmarried graduates who are in a stable relationship.

Barracks Lane Community Garden

Barracks Lane Community Garden is a beautiful green space and eco building at the heart of a vibrant community in Oxford. It is for everyone to use and enjoy by visiting, booking for a private function or by coming along to one of the many events and activities  that are held throughout the year.

The Garden Project has charitable status and is run by members of the local community who volunteer their time and expertise. Please look around our website. We hope you will feel inspired to come and visit the garden soon.

Oxford Golf Club

With origins back to our location going as far back as 1873, Oxford Golf Club is the oldest in Oxfordshire. Starting off life as the Oxford University Golf Club in 1875. A number of years went by before, In 1922 the club acquired the land of Southfield farm, the Southfield Estate was established and Southfield Golf Club was born. The club instructed legendary golf course architect Harry ‘Shapland’ Colt to re-design the layout and he later goes on to say that ‘Oxford was one of the finest inland courses built’. This coming from a man who designed: Royal Lytham St Annes Royal Portrush Muirfield Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) Sunningdale Old Wentworth West to name but a few. Its safe to say we follow in distinguished footsteps.’

Neighbouring allotment sites

Here is a link to a map from Oxford City Council showing all of the allotment associations in the city.


Bartlemas Close

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East Ward, Cricket Road

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