Why work for us?
Why work at Horspath Church of England Primary School?
Horspath is a co-educational, non-selective primary school for 140 children aged four to eleven. The school is located in Horspath, an attractive village just east of Oxford which climbs the slope of Shotover Hill. About half our pupils live in Horspath itself whilst the others travel from the surrounding area.
The size of the school helps to create a family ethos, with our empathetic and experienced staff quickly getting to know each of the children. We seek to work closely with families in their children’s best interests. In a survey in May 2023, 100% of staff stated that they are proud to work at Horspath School and 100% feel they make a positive difference.
We are fortunate in having lovely grounds, including a generously-sized wildlife area, and we aim to make the most of our location to support the curriculum. St Giles’ Church is but a short walk away as is Shotover Country Park. We also benefit from partnerships with local sports clubs.
Whilst we strive to provide the best educational opportunities and outcomes for all pupils, we also encourage and celebrate their wider achievements and interests. Do watch our short video to glimpse how the children let their light shine.
The phrase let your light shine is regularly heard in school and derives from the school’s Christian vision, which is inspired by Matthew Chapter 5, verses 14-16. As a Church school we are supported by the Oxford Diocese Board of Education. The Church of England’s vision is for the common good of the whole community and the school welcomes children from all cultures, faiths and worldviews.
Horspath Church of England Primary School is resolute in providing the best educational opportunities for all individuals in its care. Our vision is to provide a happy, loving, and nurturing environment where all are valued and recognise their gifts, have the confidence to strive for excellence and make outstanding progress, and can develop and fulfil their hopes and aspirations so they may shine as lights in the world. We encourage all members of the school community to lead by good example and inspire others; to stand up for what is right, and offer help to all; to be persevering, and to make a positive difference to the world. Through our values of responsibility, courage, kindness, and justice our vision is brought to life in the school community.
Horspath School is a member of the River Learning Trust (RLT), a multi-academy trust responsible for a growing number of schools and a school centred initial teacher training (SCITT) provider in Oxfordshire. RLT is committed to the professional learning and development of staff and offers high-quality training and opportunities for career progression within the trust.
If you are considering working for us, do arrange a visit and be assured of a warm welcome.
Horspath Primary School and The River Learning Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and preventing extremism. All staff must ensure that the highest priority is given to following the guidance and regulations to safeguard children and young people. Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.