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Ousedale School
The Grove, MK16 0BJ, UK Newport Pagnell
+44 (0)1908 210203

Ousedale School, technology college


Welcome to our School

Ousedale is a Foundation mixed dual-campus comprehensive school situated in attractive grounds in Newport Pagnell and Olney, in north-east Buckinghamshire, with a partially rural catchment area. Currently there are approximately 2070 students aged 11-18 in two campuses: 1870 in Newport Pagnell; 200 in Olney.  We have a Sixth Form of 360.

We became a specialist Technology College in September 2005, yet pride ourselves on providing an excellent education in all areas of the curriculum.


west blockOusedale School is a Foundation mixed comprehensive school situated in attractive grounds in Newport Pagnell, in the north of Milton Keynes.  We serve a partially rural catchment area.  Currently there are approximately 2070 pupils on roll including a Sixth Form of 360.

After 40 years as the sole secondary school for North Buckinghamshire, Ousedale has expanded both its range of intake, and its premises.  Newport Pagnell’s site will reduce its student numbers giving much-needed space and greater access to facilities; and, in response to strong local opinion, Olney is getting a 600-place 11-16 years secondary school provision.  This new arrangement is the result of a decision by Milton Keynes Council to change the age of admission to secondary school from 12+ to 11+.  The Olney Campus will cater for students aged 11-16 who live in the villages shown below.  Sixth Form courses will continue to be based at the Newport Pagnell Campus.  Future plans link with our area’s successful and fondly-recalled past – we will still be one school, with one Headteacher, Governing Body and staff – but based on two campuses.

sixth form studyThe Newport Pagnell campus is housed in some modern buildings.  The main stages of building development since the opening of the school in 1963 have been in 1971, 1975 and 1979.  In 1993 we had a new (9 classroom) block of superb teaching accommodation.  Accompanying this have been the extensive remodeling and refurbishment of other teaching areas together with the enhancement of our grounds and the removal of very old temporary accommodation.  1994 saw extensions to our Science block, to include four additional laboratories together with another Music room and further car parking space.  A purpose-built Sixth Form Centre was opened in September 2000.

The specialist accommodation includes a Sports Hall, a gymnasium and 3 squash courts together with extensive playing fields, flood lit tennis courts and a new full-size synthetic pitch.  There are 14 well-equipped Science laboratories, 6 Design Technology rooms and 2 Food Technology rooms. We have a suite of excellently resourced Business Studies rooms and also computer rooms.  There are 2 Music rooms with 3 practice rooms, 4 Art and 2 Drama studios.

The Olney campus is due for completion by Easter 2007 following considerable delays in its construction.  It will accommodate up to 600 students in 3 storeys set into a sloping rural landscape with extensive views over Olney and the Ouse Valley.  The new campus will provide the most up-to-date environment and facilities for its staff and students, having been designed to the latest specifications.  In terms of specialist areas, the campus has a large Sports Hall, two all-weather games areas and adjoining playing fields for a good range of outdoor sports.  There are 5 science laboratories, 4 Design Technology rooms and a computer suite, as well as art, music (including a recording studio) and drama studios.


Valuing all students we believe in the active promotion of equal opportunities for all

and work:

Art Class

to provide the knowledge and skills our students need in order to:

  • develop as well balanced people
  • make full positive contributions to our society
  • succeed in an increasingly technological and international environment;

to develop in our students positive values and attitudes:

  • fairness and justice
  • tolerance
  • respect for others
  • honesty
  • co-operation
  • loyalty
  • enjoyment of, and commitment to learning
  • independence
  • personal responsibility
  • courtesy and consideration
  • self-confidence
  • flexibility;

to encourage and help students to achieve their best.



The Governing Body allocates places in the following order of priority:

1. Pupils for whom the school is first preference.

2. Pupils who live in the area served by the school - the ‘defined’ area.  Proof of residence may be required.

Within this criterion children who have a SEN statement will generally be given priority over other applications.

3. Pupils with an older brother or sister still in attendance at the time of admission.

4. Pupils attending a middle or combined school which is in the school’s ‘defined’ area.

5. Children with exceptional medical or social needs whose parents can demonstrate that admission to Ousedale is necessary for the medical and social well-being of their child and whose application is supported by written evidence.

6. In the event of over subscription, once places have been allocated under the criteria above, any remaining places will be awarded according to the proximity of the child’s main residence to Ousedale as measured by the shortest available route. This is from the front door of the child’s home to the school’s nearest entrance gate.

Children Joining Us During The Course Of A School Year

If you are coming to live within the area you are asked to make a written application to Mr Burton, Deputy Head. Consideration will be given to parental preference but should Ousedale have reached its PAL (Published Admission Limit) for that year group, the Local Authority will offer a place at the nearest school with places available.  Parents have the right to make a formal appeal against any decision of non-admission.

Should a place be available you will be contacted to arrange a suitable appointment with Mr Burton – at that point we will discuss your child’s courses with you, agree a date for starting and decide which form your child is to join, so that on the first morning at school he or she will be met at the school by the Form Tutor.

Prospective Sixth Form students should contact the Head of Sixth Form.


We believe that it is important for students to follow a broad and balanced curriculum throughout their school lives, particularly up to the age of 16. The idea is certainly reflected in the National Curriculum, and will be increasingly relevant in a constantly changing scene for employment and further education.

Years 7, 8 & 9

Our curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 (the first three years at Ousedale) for all students is as follows:-


  Hours per week Type of Group Hours per week Type of Group Hours per week Type of group
English 3 M 3 M 3 S
Maths 3 S 3 S 3 S
Science 3 S 3 S 4 S
Technology 2 M 1 M 2 M
Information Communications Technology 1 M 1 M 1 M
Art 1 M 1 M 1 M
Drama 1 M 1 M 1 M
Music 1 M 1 M 1 M
Modern Foreign Languages** 2 M 2 S 3 S
Geography 1 M 2 M 1 M
History 2 M 2 M 1 M
Physical Education 2 M 2 M 2 M
Religious Education 1 M 1 M 1 M
Literacy/Thinking Skills 1 M 1 M    

S = taught in sets

M = taught in mixed-ability groups

*Information Communication Technology is also taught in a variety of subject areas to give students a wide range of contexts in which to develop their skills.

**In Year 8 all students study French. In Year 8 (from September 2007) the more able linguists study a second modern language (Spanish or German on the Newport Campus and German at Olney) which they choose towards the end of Year 7.


Year 10 & Year 11

Don't look too closely - dissection in progress!In Years 10 and 11 a degree of choice is available within a broad curriculum framework.  The choices are made in Year 9 by students and their parents, in consultation with subject and form tutors.  Most subjects are available to GCSE level.  Parents wishing to withdraw their children from studies involving Religious Education should contact Miss Jones, Deputy Head (Curriculum).

ICT in Year 10 is timetabled in rotation with RE and in Year 11 students opt to take one of these subjects.

Assessment of all students' progress is carried out regularly, and is used to review grouping arrangements in subjects which are organised into ability sets.  These are kept as flexible as possible to allow students to change according to progress.

We believe the whole curriculum provides opportunities for the development of personal and social skills.  All subject areas seek to promote the social, moral, cultural and personal development of students.  In this way our curriculum and pastoral systems work together for the progress of all students.


Sixth Form

A Prospectus for the Sixth Form is published annually in the late Autumn Term.

Currently, the school offers AS and A2 examination courses in:

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design Technology, Maths and Further Maths, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, General Studies, German, History, Music, Physical Education, Photography, Physics, Psychology & Ethics, Sociology, Spanish, Law, Theatre Studies, Politics, Media, Business Studies and World Development. Additionally, AS exams in Graphics and Financial Studies are available

In addition, Young Enterprise, Sports Leadership, ICT and First Aid are offered to broaden further students’ learning.

Special Needs

We have a strong Special Needs Department which aims to provide for the individual needs of as many students as possible.  In particular, help is given to children with difficulties in writing, reading, numeracy and learning; to children with physical disabilities; to children who are underachieving; to children who have a high academic ability, and to children who have missed work through prolonged illness.  Last year the school had 21 children who had Statements of Special Educational Needs.

Usually support teachers will go into subject lessons to offer further assistance to the child.  Sometimes children are withdrawn from lessons to receive special help.  We encourage students who need practice to attend our Reading and Spelling Clubs.  There is also an additional careers support programme.

Parents wishing to discuss detailed provision for the special needs of their child should contact Miss Page (SEN Co-ordinator) in the first instance.  Copies of the school's SEN Policy, which was constructed having regard to the Government's Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs, are available on request.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Ousedale has a proud tradition of offering an extensive range of extra-curricular activities which take place at lunch time and after school.  We produce annually for parents and students a leaflet outlining the activities on offer.  Click on Clubs and Societies for more details.  The music and drama departments are always well supported, with students joining small ensembles, a choir, a large band or the jazz group as well as taking part in regular productions.

Various departments provide 'clinics' where students are able to seek extra help or catch up with work missed.  Depending on interest, there are a number of clubs catering for a wide range of interests which include: chess; debating; Christian Union; computers; sailing; reading and handwriting.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme operates at the school.  Students are involved in a range of activities, including weekend expeditions.

Each year several educational visits are arranged.  We regularly run exchange trips to France, Germany, Spain, and India. Skiing in Europe and department-organised visits to Berlin and Rome are popular optional trips.  Within Britain there are trips organised to the Peak District, Lake District and Wales.  Students also have the opportunity to visit the Milton Keynes Residential Centre at Longrigg in Cumbria.  Ousedale has also supported even more exotic expeditions to places like Ecuador and Mount Kilimanjaro.


The School Uniform for Ousedale is fairly traditional. We hope that students and parents will support us in helping to apply the dress code as outlined in the lists below. Please select the Year Group and download the uniform list and dress code that applies for the school year 2007-8. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)

Each document consists of two pages; details of the PE Kit can be found on the second page.

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the dates given here are accurate, it is recommended that the school is contacted for confirmation before booking holidays, etc. Please refer to the list of INSET days below; students should not attend on these days.

Current School Year: 2007-8

TERM DATES FOR STUDENTS - are shown below. Please refer to the list of INSET days (students should not attend) and other holidays. Please note: because Easter falls so early in the year in 2008, the "Easter weekend" takes place before the end of term.


Wednesday 5th September

Friday 19th October
  Monday 29th October Thursday 20th December
SPRING TERM 2008 Monday 7th January Thursday 14th February
  Monday 25th February Friday 4th April
SUMMER TERM 2008 Monday 21st April Friday 23rd May
  Monday 2nd June Wednesday 23rd July


Please note:

Easter - schools will be closed on:                

Friday 21st March 2008 (Good Friday)

Monday 24th March 2008 (Easter Monday)

Schools will also be closed on Monday 5th May 2008 for the Bank Holiday.



Monday 3rd September 2007

Tuesday 4th September 2007

Friday 21st December 2007

Friday 15th February 2008

Thursday 20th March 2008

Wednesday 9th July 2008

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