Chilworth School

We provide a happy, welcoming and motivating learning environment, where everyone enjoys their learning and is encouraged to achieve success

“The difference in our child is beyond belief. He entered Chilworth as a child who had been to three schools by the end of Year 2. He had never successfully managed full time education, hated going to school and had a negative opinion of teachers. He now enjoys school so much that he can’t wait to get back there after the holidays. He has come such a long way and attends all day, every day. A fabulous school.”

Parent, 2014


Chilworth House School is an independent, specialist day school in Oxfordshire for boys and girls aged 5 to 12 with complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.

We have a unique curriculum model which centres around ‘valuing education’ and the progression of social and emotional skills.

At the core of everything we do is the skilful development of trusting relationships which are necessary to enable our pupils to engage in their social and academic learning and take positive steps in their preparation for adulthood.

Our Aims & Ethos

We are committed to giving our pupils a happy, nurturing and motivating atmosphere for them to enjoy their learning and where they are encouraged to reach their potential.

Chilworth House School is dedicated to:

  • Achieving the highest quality education and nurturing care so that every child can achieve their full potential academically, socially and emotionally
  • Offering a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum
  • Providing a happy, positive, secure and caring environment
  • Developing positive relationships between school, home and the wider community
Chilworth House School Aims and Ethos

Chilworth School at a Glance

  1. ADHD, ASC, Asp, SEMH
  2. 5 - 12
  3. Day
  4. Boys & Girls

My son is a different child since starting here, much happier, and has regained his confidence.

Parent of Chilworth House pupil, 2015

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

  • Rated ‘Good with Outstanding Features’ by Ofsted, June 2012.
  • A curriculum model built around core values which promote social understanding, independence, and improved self-esteem. Through accelerated development in these areas our pupils are empowered to access and achieve in all areas of the Primary National Curriculum.
  • An individualised approach to the holistic needs of our pupils has a significant impact on their achievement.
  • Comprehensive on-site therapeutic support enables us to provide a range of tailored interventions including sensory diets and speech and language.
  • Specialist, experienced and dedicated staff ensure that our pupils feel safe, secure and supported.
  • Small class sizes of no more than 8 pupils with high staff ratios and additional pastoral and academic support.
  • Excellent relationships between the school and home. Parental workshops and on-site events are also offered.

Our Local Offer

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

Our local offer attempts to answer many of these, but you can visit the rest of our web site 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

At Chilworth House School we enable pupils with a wide range of needs to access the curriculum, develop their self-esteem and reach their potential.

Our values based curriculum model is tailored to the needs of each individual and supports them to make rapid progress both socially and academically.

The school’s beautiful grounds are used creatively to enhance the curriculum and reflect the nurturing ethos of the school, making Chilworth House School a positive and happy environment to work and learn.

We welcome visits from parents and carers and local authorities, so please feel free to contact us with a view to arranging a visit at a mutually convenient time.

Dave Willcox

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What we’ve been up to at Chilworth School

Special guests visit school

Pupils from Chilworth House School recently enjoyed a visit from Lenny’s Lizards who brought with him his eight slithering snakes and lazy lizards. The visit was made to link the pupils learning from their recent Science week where they all ...

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Council members meet the Mayor

Pupil council members from Chilworth House School recently attended Thame Council Chambers to meet the Mayor. The pupils are all active in the school’s council where they contribute their ideas to improve and evolve a wide range of areas at the ...

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