Academy application will ‘have no impact on status of farm’

Warriner School headteacher Dr Annabel Kay
Warriner School headteacher Dr Annabel Kay

Warriner School headteacher Annabel Kay has said the school remains committed to its farm while it pursues academy status.

The school presented its plans to become an academy at a meeting with parents earlier this month.

If it goes ahead, the school will form a multi-academy trust with feeder primary schools Sibford Gower Endowed, Bishop Carpenter and Hornton.

People have until March 27 to comment either by emailing or visiting

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Dr Kay said the school had been looking to convert into an academy for three years and had been waiting to complete negotiations with feeder schools.

She said becoming an academy would have no impact on the school’s farm.

“It will have no impact on the status of the farm at all,” she said. “It is part of the Warriner and will continue to be so.”

She added the school planned to expand its use of the farm by providing more courses. It already runs an A-level course on animal management for veterinary science students.

Dr Kay said there had been a positive response at the meeting but they had yet not received many comments. She said: ““It has been about being able to control our own destiny and we wish for the primary schools to come with us because we are stronger together.”