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North Leigh CE Primary School

All at North Leigh CE Primary School are delighted with our recent Ofsted Inspection Report (October 2017), which confirms that we are a ‘Good’ school, with a committed staff, supportive parents and hard-working children.

As the report says, we have a ‘culture of high ambition for pupils’ academic and personal development’ and we ‘provide a clear focus on achieving the highest quality of teaching and learning’. The higher expectations of the new national curriculum and Ofsted’s more robust focus on the quality of teaching and learning in school and pupil progress have put increased pressures on schools since 2014 and we are very glad the inspector could see that, over time, we ‘have built on the strengths of the school and tackled the areas that needed to improve well’.

Moreover we are also pleased that the inspector was able to recognise that North Leigh is not a school that focuses only on academic achievement, but also on children’s personal development; ‘The school is a positive and welcoming place. Staff and pupils are friendly, polite and demonstrate respect for each other’ … there is ‘a strong sense of community, based on British values. Safeguarding is at the heart of this nurturing and caring environment. Pupils say they feel safe in school because ‘everyone helps each other’.

We remain, of course, committed to bringing about continuous improvement in school in order to ensure that the school continues to provide a safe, nurturing environment where children from North Leigh and the surrounding area can enjoy their learning and can reach their full potential.

The full report can be found on the school website

Deborah Seccull


Updated : October 2017

North Leigh Library

The library is open:

Monday           2.00 - 4.30pm
Wednesday     3.00 - 7.00pm
Friday              2.00 - 4.30pm
Saturday          10.00am - 12.00noon

We also have a children’s bed time story session kindly led by Vanessa Collet every other Wednesdays at 6.15-6.45pm.

We also have a home library service where those who are housebound can have a book delivery service from our volunteer Linda Gibbons.

The library is happy to host reading groups, knitting groups, creative writing groups etc.

Please contact Carol or Judith to find out more. Tel: 01993 882935

Carol-Amy and Judith the librarians

Updated : March 2018

From Harry St John (District Councillor)

North Leigh Common

An invitation to anyone wanting a mornings work on the Common - meet in car park. I am arranging working parties on the following dates:

  • Friday 23rd March 9.30am till 1.30pm
  • Friday 13th April same time again

There are a variety of jobs to do mostly thinning or cutting back/down scrubby growth and brambles in various locations on the common - with bonfire if conditions suit and then picnic lunch if party wants to stay on.

All very flexible... bring suitable tools if you have them but we should have a box of miscellaneous ones for people to borrow... all at your own risk, but for the benefit of the common's wide range of flora and fauna and good exercise for participants. Parents and children (10plus) particularly welcome.

Ring Harry St John on 01993 881529 if you are coming.

WODC Councillor report

The council tax increase has been reduced to a 3% increase from a mooted 5% wef 1st April.

WODC Lowlands Planning committee will be hearing the Bellway application for detailed consent for the 76 houses south of New Yatt Road on Monday 12th March at 2.00pm in WODC offices.

Final amendments proposed to Local Plan are now out to consultation - the main changes affect Charlbury /Burford sub area. Nevertheless it is the final chance to comment on the changes. If these are formally accepted, the Local Plan as a whole might be ready to adopt by the summer 2018 all things being equal.

Gladman have made a large application (3000 houses) for a Garden Village south of the A40 at Barnard Gate. Comments are to be made to WODC by early March. See on line at WODC ref 18/00273/OUT.

Councillor’s surgeries

  •  Friday 23rd March

3.00pm till 4.00pm in the Committee room of the Memorial Hall.

Harry St John

Telephone 01993 881529 or email 

Updated : March 2018

North Leigh Parish Council

Meets every second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Youth Centre of the Memorial Hall, North Leigh.

Neighbourhood Plan

The Council will be moving forward with serious discussions on a Neighbourhood Plan.

The council will be reaching out to residents with more information and requesting support for a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.  


The council has started its Speedwatch campaign for 2018 and new volunteers would be welcome. The initial sites to be surveyed are as follows, Common Road, New Yatt Road, Park Road and East End.

We would welcome suggestions as to other possible sites.

As a result of the data collected from the three surveys carried out in November 2017, which saw 560 vehicles checked, Thames Valley Police have written to 43 drivers.  

Oil leak

There have been reports of oil getting into a drain in the vicinity of Kingston Heights.  The council asks residents in this area to check for any leakage of oil tanks you may have.  

Planning Applications

The council has responded no objections to the following planning applications:

  •  18/00042/HHD, Tulyar, The Green, East End
  • 18/00153/HHD, 10 Bridewell Close, North Leigh
  • 18/00208/HHD, 14 Perrott Close, North Leigh

The council submitted its comments of objection to the following planning application:

  • 17/02463/RES, Bellway, Land south of New Yatt Road 

The next meeting will be on Thursday, 8th March, at 7.30pm in the Youth Centre, Memorial Hall. All Council meetings are open to the public and we welcome your participation.  Full minutes will be available on

Parish Clerk, Allison Leigh, 26 Eaton Village, Eaton, Oxfordshire  OX13 5PR                          E-mail address:


Work parties on North Leigh Common

Today (24th of February) I helped with the work party on North Leigh Common. Even though I was the only one there to help Harry St John clear brambles and small trees, we achieved a good deal. Without this vital work we would lose the open areas from the common and the wild flowers that are found there.

It isn't only the wildlife that benefits from maintaining this mosaic of habitat - lots of us enjoy walking on the common, kids play there and teenagers hang out there.

The benefits - you get a good workout without paying to go to the gym. Even on a cold day like today we were warm from the work, but also because we had a good bonfire going, to burn the brambles and branches. And it is very satisfying to see an area opened up again.

The next work party is on Friday the 23rd of March 9.30am to 1.30pm. It would be good to see more villagers there, even if it was just for an hour or so.

Andy Killingbeck


Updated : March 2018