Mum hits out at school bans on fidget spinners

A mum who claims a fidget spinner proved a “miraculous” help to her son’s ability to learn has hit out at schools choosing to ban the gadgets.

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Spiceball Park Banbury, NNL-170404-175418009

Wild Banbury’s wildlife day

Wild Banbury, the volunteer group that is part of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, will be holding a Wildlife Day in Spiceball Park on Saturday, May 13.

The top pet hates of parents on the schoolrun

REVEALED: The biggest pet hates of the school run

With school term just restarted, frustrations are already starting to show as parents have revealed their top school run gripes.

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Family centre opening highlights successful time for Bloxham Primary

A new centre for families and their under-fives opened in Bloxham on Wednesday.

North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury. NNL-170205-155705009

Academy keeps its ‘good’ rating from school standards body

North Oxfordshire Academy has kept its ‘good’ Ofsted rating following a short inspection.

Most students are going to their first choice primary

Most pupils in Oxfordshire to go to first choice primary school

Nearly 94 per cent of children in Oxfordshire have been offered a place at their first-choice primary school.

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Banbury’s St Mary’s Primary School forging ahead with academy plans

St Mary’s Primary School in Banbury has taken the first steps towards joining a multi-academy trust as it held a public consultation to discuss the process on Tuesday.

Pupils at St. Mary's School, Banbury during last year's SkillForce event as instructor, Chris Peacock coaches the pupils through the 'Toxic Trek' task. NNL-160927-163746009

A Banbury primary school planning to become an academy

A Banbury primary school is taking steps towards becoming an academy and is consulting with parents and carers on the proposals.

Older mums are better mums says new study

Older mums are better mums says new study

Older women make better mums with their children displaying fewer behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, a new study reveals.

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Cherwell’s Easter Activity Hubs filling up fast

Cherwell’s Easter Activity Hubs filling up fast

Cherwell District Council’s popular Activity Hubs are all set to go with spaces on the programme becoming limited.

Kineton pupils express their delight at winning the Karcher Accumulator Challenge for the third year running

Triple whammy for school

For the third year running Kineton High School & Sixth Form has won a top fundraising award.

Bishop Carpenter Primary School in North Newington have won a national stamp competition

Bishop Carpenter Primary School wins top award

A passion for stamps has led a quartet of pupils at Bishop Carpenter Primary School in North Newington winning the Schools Trophy in a national competition run by the Stamp Active Network, a voluntary organisation promoting the hobby. The Trophy is awarded to the school which achieves the highest marks from any three members in a school stamp club.

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Brackley headteacher to walk 33 miles to school

A Brackley headteacher will walk the 30 miles of her morning commute to work to raise money to improve outdoor space at the school.

Are you smarter than an 11 year old? Find out by taking the tes

11 PLUS QUIZ: Are you smarter than an 11 year old?

New research has revealed just 16% of parents score full marks in an 11 Plus quiz.

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Banbury Academy and Space Studio GV. NNL-161005-144949009

Banbury’s Space Studio to hold open day

Banbury’s Space Studio will be hosting an open afternoon/evening on March 30 to showcase the facility.

Banbury Harrier maths students NNL-170313-161345001

Inspiring approach to maths all adds up

Harriers Banbury Academy has been appointed as an Inspire Maths Advocate School as a result of the quality of its teaching in the subject this year.

Special report: Children tucking into lunchboxes with double their daily sugar intake

Special report: Children tucking into lunchboxes with double their daily sugar intake

Children are tucking into lunchboxes containing more than double their daily sugar intake, a study has found.

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Dr Annabel Kay presents the vision for a new free school NNL-170314-104655001

Warriner outlines vision for new Banbury free school

Parents, representatives from Banbury area schools and members of the Oxfordshire diocese heard of plans for a new free school for the town on Monday night.

The Warriner School, Bloxham will hold a public meeting on Monday, March 13. NNL-161207-130531009

Bid to open new Banbury secondary school

The Warriner School has revealed it is looking to open a new secondary school to cope with the rise in population in Banbury.

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