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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


North Leigh Primary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The PTA had a good first meeting in September with some new parents coming along to join and support the school. We are always looking for more people to join the PTA or even become a friend of the PTA to assist at events, so please contact us if you think you could help in any way. We are currently busy organising our events for the autumn term, with Books and Bangers and Christmas Shopping for the children.

Our main fund raising event for this term is the Christmas Fayre on the 25th November 3.00 – 5.30pm. This is held in the school hall to which you are all welcome. There is plenty to see and do for all children including face painting, a raffle, tombola both for children and adults, a visit Father Christmas and lots more.

There will also be a café serving tea, coffee, mulled wine and hot snacks.

If you have any items you could donate to the tombola, such as tins, sweets, chocolates or a bottle of wine / beer,  please drop them into the school around 9.00am or 3.00pm or they can be dropped off the Post Office.  Alternatively please contact Brett Davis on 07791 304932 or email and we will be happy to collect.

Registered Charity Number:  1106532

Brett Davis


Updated : October 2017

North Leigh Library

Dates for your diary

Opening hours are:

  • Monday              2.00 – 4.30pm
    (I.T. computer buddying 2.30 – 3.30pm contact 01993 882935 for more details)
  • Wednesday       3.00 – 7.00pm
  • Friday                   2.00 – 4.30pm
  • Saturday             10.00am – 12noon

Many thanks and look forward to seeing you.

Carol-Amy and Judith the librarians

Updated : July 2016

From the District Councillor

Councillor’s surgeries

  •  Friday 3rd November
  • Thursday 7th December

2.00pm till 3.00pm in the Committee room of the Memorial Hall.

Working party on the North Leigh Common

I will be in touch soon with those people who said they would like to come and help. Any more volunteers out there? There is a fair bit of work to do this winter.

Harry St John

Telephone 01993 881529 or email 

Updated : October 2017

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 has resolved to move 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 begun its Speedwatch initiative.  We encourage the help of residents on this and welcome any and all volunteers!  If you have any areas of which you’d like to make the council aware and/or if you would be willing to volunteer to help with Speedwatch, please contact the clerk.

Virgin Media

County Councillor Liam Walker has been in close working contact with Virgin Media regarding areas that need attention.  Works on the next half of the village are due to begin shortly and Virgin Media will be doing the works in 100m increments so as to work/repair immediately, avoiding the large trenches as before.

Planning Applications

The council has responded no objections to planning application 17/02909/FUL, Fruitlands, 34 Park Road, North Leigh, for construction of a 5-bedroom home with garage and shed on a residential plot previously occupied by a bungalow, which is now demolished.  

The next meeting will be on Thursday, 9th November, 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:


Updated : October 2017