About Us

We are a community special school for children and young adults aged between 2 and 19. Located in Bicester, North Oxfordshire we serve Bicester, Kidlington and the surrounding villages.


We describe ourselves as a values-based school and encourage all visitors to our website or school to read our values as they underpin all aspects of learning and life at Bardwell.


We have approximately 70 pupils on roll and have a strong focus on individualised, inclusive learning. As such our pupils are grouped with their age peers in classes where learning is skillfully differentiated to ensure every pupil succeeds and is celebrated in a fully inclusive class and school community.


The Bardwell Curriculum provides a framework for teaching and learning in the school, underpinned by assessment from which teachers make judgements as to the appropriate next steps for pupils. This allows teachers to deliver positive, stimulating and challenging learning and is in line with the National Curriculum. When our students move into The Lodge (post-16) they have access to entry-level qualifications through the National Open College Network (NOCN). This is delivered alongside personalised learning focused on each student’s planned pathway to adulthood.


We are fortunate enough to be an integral part of a supportive community and are proud of the many partnerships we have formed.  The whole of the Bardwell Community and our partners are committed to our mission statement:


To empower our students to go further in learning and life by recognising their strengths, providing a positive environment to build confidence, raise aspirations and equip them to succeed.