Months of lobbying by parents, governors and the school has paid off – the county council has stopped the shuttle bus between Long Hanborough and Bartholomew. In addition, the council has agreed to buy seats on the Combe, North Leigh, East End bus route so there is a single journey to and from school. The change avoids students having to be ferried to Bartholomew so early and wait while the shuttle collects other children, with staff being tasked with supervising them.
Staff, former students and governors attended the formal naming of the sixth form study centre in December. The building, where students can work independently during non-contact time and which acts as an extra exam hall, is now the Hamilton Centre, in honour of former headteacher Andy Hamilton. He took early retirement last August, having been head for 12 years and becoming the Chief Executive Officer of the Eynsham Partnership Academy.
Work to replace the ageing tower block near reception is due to start after the exams this summer, enabling a better use of space as well as looking more attractive. The new block should be finished in January 2020.