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North Leigh CE Primary School

Treasurer wanted

The North Leigh School Trust is in need of a new Treasurer. The trust exists to invest the funds generated by the sale of the old school and to provide some invaluable and much appreciated funding for the current school. The workload is small (2-3 days per year) and requires liaising with the various funds which hold our investments, drawing up an annual financial statement and looking after the relevant bank account, including being a signatory.  You would only usually be expected to attend one meeting of the Trustees per year, the rest of the work being done in your own time. This is a voluntary role and references would be taken up.

If interested please contact the Chairman of Trustees, Jenny Legg,

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 Wednesday 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.

North Leigh Library is starting up a free monthly ‘nit and natter group.

When? Every first Wednesday in the month 10.00-11.30am.
Just bring your knitting/crochet  along and don’t worry there are no prizes for the best or indeed worst samples .A warm welcome will be given to all levels of skill.

The next meeting is May 2nd. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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

Carol-Amy and Judith the librarians

Updated : April 2018

From Harry St John (District Councillor)

North Leigh Common working party

On Friday 13th April - 9.30am to 12.30pm - meet at car park by common. We will be doing more work later in this spring to beat back the bracken that the WODC team have had a real blitz on in March.

WODC Councillor report

The Local Plan amendments consultation period ends on 9th April and the Council hopes that it will be approved and adopted by later this summer.  A separate application by the Oxfordshire Growth Board for further funding(£135m) from central Government for upgrading the A40 corridor between Oxford and Witney bypass has reached next stage of consideration and final outcome should be known later this year. This is in addition to any share of the £150m additional funding for infrastructure in Oxfordshire confirmed last autumn and now agreed by all the Oxfordshire councils. The revised Bellway application for 76 houses south of New Yatt Road was approved earlier in March despite many objections relating to design/materials etc. but the County Highways have at least now insisted on some speed cushions to slow traffic down along that section of New Yatt Road.

Councillor surgery

My next Surgery will be in the committee room of the Memorial Hall on Friday 27th April from 2.00pm till 3.00pm.

Harry St John

Telephone 01993 881529 or email 

Updated : April 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 continues 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.   

Spring Clean

The village Spring Clean will take place on Sunday the 13th May from 11.00am – 1.00pm.  Participants will meet at the Memorial Hall at 10:50pm.  For more information, please contact Carol Frost at 01993 881 306.   

Save the Date

The Annual Parish Meeting and the Parish Council’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday the 24th May at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall.  Please join us to learn what the council has done over the past year and learn about plans for the coming year!

Planning Applications

The council has received the following planning applications since the last issue:

  • 18/00721/HHD, Michaelmas Cottage, Church Road, North Leigh
  • 18/00576/S73, Wilcote Manor Farm, Wilcote, Chipping Norton
  • 18/00832/LBC, Windmill House, 9 Park Road 

The next meeting will be on Thursday, 12th April, 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