To ensure that parents are always kept up to date, all correspondence to parents is also available on this page.

Dear Parents/Students,

As a reward and in recognition of the sustained hard work over this half term, Friday 14th December is a non uniform day for all students who have ensured they have received the minimal number of C’s for the last two to three weeks.  We are encouraging students, if possible, to wear something with a Christmas feel to it, especially Christmas jumpers.

Please note, students who do not meet the C threshold by close of Thursday will be required to wear school uniform as usual on Friday.

Ofsted parent survey – 4 June 2018

Ofsted is inspecting your school, and would like to hear your views. You can do this by completing an online pupil questionnaire at the following link:

Your views are really important to us, and will help inspectors understand your experience of school. The questionnaire will close at 11am on 05 June 2018, to give the inspector time to look at the results. The questionnaires work in Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer 11, and on mobiles and tablets when you copy and paste the link into the browser.

We do not ask for your name, so you will not be identified from the responses you make.

Important message for Year 11 students – 24 May 2018

Most students will be able to leave school at 12:20pm on Friday 25th May. All Media students will be required to stay for a lesson period 4 but will be able to leave after this at 2pm. We will provide a room for students to stay and work if they are unable to get home or you would prefer they stayed in school to revise. Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Notice from Oxfordshire County Council

We are aware of a road closure taking place on Monday and Tuesday (14 and 15 May) along the Charlton on Otmoor to Merton Road.  This will mean that the school bus will not be able to pick up/drop off students at Merton, and will also have to run in a different order to usual.  Below is a temporary timetable for Monday and Tuesday only. Apologies for the short notice but please can students/parents be informed. We have asked Grayline to get their drivers to remind students on this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon’s runs.

Thank you

2-BC03 (Grayline – bus)

Monday-Tuesday (temporary timetable) Time MT
Charlton-on-Otmoor – Church 0740 1609
Fencott – Bus Stop 0745 1604
Upper Arncott – Murcott Road, Bus Stop 0753 1556
Upper Arncott – Norris Road, Bus Stop 0754 1555
Blackthorn – Thame Road, Bus Stop 0759 1550
Merton – Bus Stop, The Plough PH (not running) 0740 (not running) 1615 (not running)
Ambrosden – Bus Stop, Birch Road (not running) 0747 (not running) n/a
Ambrosden – Bus Stop, Ploughley Road (junc with Willow Road) 0805 1545
The Cooper School 0825 1530
The Bicester School 0820 1515


2-BC03 (001 Alpha – taxi)

Monday-Tuesday (temporary timetable) Time MT
Merton – Bus Stop, The Plough PH 0800 1545
The Cooper School 0825 1530
The Bicester School 0820 1515


Application for Leave of Absence – Student

 August 2017 GCSE results

English 4+ = 75%

Maths 4+ = 67%

English/Maths 4+ = 63%

 School Closure – set work

Due to adverse weather conditions, the school is closed today, Monday 11 December 2017.

Please find set work for students to complete at home here.

Letters and forms

Please see our Letters and forms section for letters sent to parents.

GCSE Certificates 2017

GCSE certificates will be available for collection from the School reception from Monday 27 November until Friday 15 December 2017, 9am-3.30pm.

Certificates are valuable documents and you are required to sign for them. A friend or family member may collect them, but only if bringing a letter of request signed by you and your identification.

You can only replace lost certificates by contacting each exam board and paying their fee of around £45.

 Camps International Kenya trip

Following the success of this summer’s expedition it is very exciting to be offering our Year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to travel to Kenya with Camps International during the summer of 2019. Here students will be working on a range of sustainable and meaningful community and conservation projects before scuba diving towards their PADI Open Water Certificate!

Parents and interested students are invited to attend our Parents Presentation Evening to find out more. This will be taking place on Tuesday 3 October at 6.30pm in the Lower School Hall.

Using Epraise

As we continue to raise standards of behaviour, we are making sure that every warning given to a student for anything from uniform to behaviour in class is logged on Epraise. These warnings are available for parents to view daily.

To log in as a parent, go to, click on log in and then search for The Bicester School. Select the Parent option and then enter your email address. The first time you log in you will be asked to enter a password.

Parents will only be able to view their own child and only using their email address which school hold on the system. To update your email address, please contact the school directly.

By using Epraise, you will be able to see all positive and negative points which are assigned to your child and also track any sanctions or rewards that they collect along the way. This year, there is a detention for every two negative incidents recorded.

Fitbits in school

Fitbits and smart watches being worn by students are allowed for non-contact sports such as cross country, fitness etc. but must be taken off for invasion games such as netball, rugby etc. Whilst they are great as they encourage students to monitor their fitness levels, The Bicester School will NOT be responsible if they break or are damaged during lessons.

School menus

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Grace donates her hair

Year 7 student Grace West has had her hair cut so she could donate it to The Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children with cancer. Well done Grace for being so brave!

A message from Tim PeakeTim Peake message

Mrs Riches led assembly for Lewis House on the topic of facing your fears. She discussed her own fears and broadened the subject out to discuss how fears can stop you being a success and how important it is to try new things and have dreams and goals.

She had decided to use the British Astronaut, Tim Peake, as an example, and had sent him a message via Facebook to let him know he was being featured in the assembly. He was kind enough to reply with this lovely message:

molly_price1Molly donates her hair – by Molly Price (Year 9)

‘Two weeks ago I donated my hair to The Little Princess Trust. I thought that I was really lucky having long hair and I thought about the children who are unlucky enough to have something like cancer and I thought how could I make their lives slightly easier to cope with. Then I heard of this charity and I decided to donate it to them. It was all my idea, so I researched it then asked my mum if I could go and get my hair cut. I did and I sent it off last Monday.’

newsroomA Day at the BBC – An account of Lewis Walduck’s (Year 7) visit to the BBC studios.

‘In the Christmas holidays I was fortunate enough to go to the BBC Broadcasting house in London. I had been wanting and wishing to go there for a while. My best friend’s Mum works for the World Service at the broadcasting house and she was able to give us a guided tour. When we arrived at the building it looked far smaller than how it looks like on the television.’ Read more…