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This guide for pupils and parents makes fascinating reading for those who attended school in the early seventies. Almost certainly written by the Headmaster, Mr Nockels, it not only covers school rules and arrangements but the whole ethos of the school is explained in detail.

Note that you were still required to bring a fountain pen to school. And did anyone really wear their school uniform to their first job?


Published, June, 1971.

Term Dates
The School
The Lower School
The Upper School
The School Council and the Social Fund
School Uniform
Special Events
The use of areas in the School
School Rules


It will be seen that this guide combines basic information with current detail, some of which will be out-of-date after the School Year 1971/72. The guide will be revised and reprinted for new entrants to the School in 1972/73, but cost prohibits the annual circulation of the full reprinted version to all members of the School However, amendments and appendices will be issued at appropriate times.

TERM DATES for 1971/72

AUTUMN TERM, 1971: Wed. 8th September to Fri. 17th December.

N.B. New entrants are asked to attend for a short time on the morning of' Tuesday, 7th September, at 10 o'clock in order to meet Group Tutors and for guidance about the new term and the geography of the buildings.

EASTER TERM, 1972: Wed. 5th January to Wed. 29th March.
SUMMER TERM, 1972: Wed. 19th April to Tues. 18th July.
AUTUMN TERM, 1972: Wed. 6th September to Wed. 20th December.


AUTUMN TERM, 1971: Mon. 25th October to Fri. 29th October (inclusive).

School closes at the end of lessons on Friday, 22nd October, and re-opens on the morning of Monday, 1st November.
EASTER TERM, 1972 : Mon. and Tues. 14th and 15th February.
SUMMER TERM, 1972: Mon. 29th May to Fri. 2nd June (inclusive).

School closes at the end of lessons on Friday, 26th May, and re-opens on the morning of Monday, 5th June.
Mon. 23rd October to Fri. 27th October (inclusive).

School closes at the end of lessons on Friday, 20th October, and re-opens on the morning of Monday, 30th October.

Some Members of the Staff

Senior Administrative Staff

Headmaster Mr. A. Nockels, M.A. (Oxon)
Deputy Headmaster Mr. T.H. Horrocks
Senior Mistress Miss J.M. Robinson, B.A. (Manchester)
Head of Upper School Mr. L.M. Knightall
Head of Lower School Mr. M. Beale
Head of the English Department Mr. E.L. Wright, M.A. (Oxon), B.A. (London)
Head of the Mathematics Department Mr. T.G. Easterbrook, B.Sc (London)
Head of the Geography Department Mr. J.T. Mugford, B.A. (Exeter)
Head of the History Department Mr. D.G.T.Eddershaw, M.A. (Oxon)
Head of the Science Department Mr. E.O.James, B.Sc. (Leicester)
Head of the Modern Languages Department Mr. O.S. Underwood, B.A. (Nottingham)
Head of Design and Technical Departments Mr. J. Jefferies
Head of Physical Education and i/c Boys P.E Mr. T.G. Jones
Mistress i/c Girls' Physical Education Miss E. Guard
Director of Music Mr. A. Swift, G.R.S.M.
Head of the Art Department Miss M. Bellwood
Careers Co-ordinator Mr. J.M. Campbell
(Teacher i/c Business Studies
Mrs J.E. Hannant
Tutor/Organiser for Further Education Mrs. E.R. Brooks
Supervisor i/c Medical Care Mrs J.E. Gomm

Current Officers of the Parent Teacher Association
(September 1971)

Chairman: J. Archer, Esq., (Address and telephone number were given here in the original)
Secretary: D.W. Bunce, Esq., (Address and telephone number were given here in the original)
Treasurer: F.W. Aldridge, Esq., (Address and telephone number were given here in the original)


In September, 1971, there will be 900 students and 50 teachers at Chipping Norton School. The School is fully comprehensive. This means that all children in the contributory area will enter the School. Those who live in the immediate vicinity (covering the junior schools at Middle Barton, Kingham, Churchill, Great Rollright, Hook Norton and Chipping Norton (St. Mary's and Holy Trinity) will be admitted at the beginning of their first year of secondary education. At point parents in the area may request that their children should attend the Roman Catholic Secondary School in Banbury - the Blessed George Napier School. Those who live in the contributory area of the Spendlove School, Charlbury, will transfer from that school to Chipping Norton School at the beginning of their fourth year of secondary education.

There is no process of selection. The aim of the School is to cater for individuals within a school society where the good of all members is seen to be of the highest importance. The size of the Upper School makes it possible for us to offer a - wide and varied range of optional programmes through which the individual can realise his potential in relation to his developing ideas about his future. The particular arrangements for the part of the School which your son or daughter will enter are described in a later paragraph. It is the purpose of this introductory section to assure parents that the educational choice open to them is in the final analysis much wider than under any selective system and that the economic arrangements for the successful operation of the chosen programme are likely to be more effective in a large comprehensive unit.

The School's aim is to give each boy or girl a sense of personal identity - to let each pupil learn that he really matters and to discover his potential in all areas, developing his strength to the full. The final aim is unlikely to be achieved unless the pupil and his parents play their part. This applies not only to time-tabled programmes of work but also to the arrangements for individual care and welfare, to the social life and wider activities of the School

Education is not the province of teachers and schools alone. It is a partnership between several persons - teachers, parents, various agents of the Education Authority and Careers Advisory Service and most of all the student himself. If the student is not committed then the other forces will achieve little. Your children will gain as much as they are prepared to give, even in a fine and well-provided school like this one.

Parents are welcome in the School at all times - specifically on those occasion to which they are invited but more generally whenever they wish to discuss any matter associated with their children, with the School or with education. Details of some of the specific events are given later. Fundamentally we wish parents to think of this as their School where the appropriate person will always be willing to see them subject to the normal arrangements for making appointments. Parents interested in a particular teaching method are invited to ask about a time when they can see it in action. A later paragraph is devoted to the Parent Teacher Association.

In short we look forward to a happy association between yourselves and the School. We are happy to welcome your son or daughter as a responsible member of our community who will take full advantage of all that the School has to offer.

The motto of the School is 'KNOW THYSELF'. It has been deliberately chosen because we believe that, widely applied and interpreted, it summarises the aims of comprehensive school in all areas of personal and academic development. If your children know themselves and act on that knowledge when they leave the School we shall not have failed.


In the Lower School (Years 1 to 3) our aim is that each boy or girl shall settle in the school as happily, as quickly and as smoothly as possible so that he or she may take full advantage of the common curriculum of the first three years. The time of decision is intentionally delayed so that no arrangement existing in the first three years will unfairly prejudice the decisions made in the third year. Unless the early years are genuinely diagnostic giving to each pupil an opportunity to reveal his strengths and develop his aptitudes the word 'comprehensive' is meaningless. We wish to discover for ourselves as much as possible about each pupil. We believe that the old form of selection was unfair and inefficient and we do not keep in our own School the hidden system of selection which is called 'streaming'. In the first year teaching groups are not arranged in order according to some doubtful assessment of ability level. The Year is divided into groups of not more than 30 children very much resembling the primary classes to which they are accustomed. We do our best to ensure that the whole ability range is represented in each group on the basis of information available which is essentially incomplete and uncertain at this early age. Each group is called a 'Tutor Group' and the teacher appointed to be responsible for the daily administration and care of the group is called the 'Tutor' Every effort will he made to ensure that this Tutor will look after the same group for the first three years so that understanding and interest will be strengthened and children will be reassured by a continuing association with a particular teacher. There is also a Head of Lower School who is responsible for the first three years so that no pupil need fear that he will be unknown in a large school. Although there are 900 pupils in the School great care is taken to create smaller units where the Headmaster is directly represented by an important member of the Staff, (in this case the Head of Lower School) who knows each boy and girl very well. As the Lower School increases in numbers further sub-divisions will be considered.

The School avoids allegiance to doctrinaire ideas which ignore realities and individual interests. After the first diagnostic year when all teaching groups correspond to the mixed ability tutor groups there is still no 'streaming' in the School. Different subjects have different disciplines and requirements. In the second year the Head of Department may choose either to continue mixed ability grouping or to identify in his subject alone a single group of high ability whose needs are met in this way. The remaining groups continue on a mixed ability basis. In the third year this arrangement known as 'setting' is extended over the whole school.

Throughout these three years, whatever the teaching groups of an individual pupil, he will remain in the same Tutor Group for general care and administration, wherever possible with the same Group Tutor. The arrangements in the Lower School recognise that individual pupils and the various subjects have differing needs. They facilitate the natural recognition of late development, while emphasizing the importance of social and emotional factors.


Each student entering the fourth year will have decided during the previous year on a provisional, personal programme of study. This decision will have resulted from detailed consultation between parents, teachers, students, senior members of the Staff of Chipping Norton School and representatives of the Careers Advisory Service. All members of the fourth and fifth years will follow a central course of English and Mathematics (both at the appropriate levels) together with Games and Physical Education, the Art of Living (4th year), Activities and Careers. This will be associated with the personal programme of six optional subjects chosen from the relevant lists. The disciplines and syllabuses of some subjects require an early decision about the type of examination (0-level or C.S.E.) suitable for the group In other subjects this decision can be delayed. Parents will be informed as soon as the Head of Department concerned has recommended a particular level for their son or daughter.

The first part of the Upper School course continues for two years for all students. There is no special course for those who leave before the end of the fifth year although there do exist within each list certain choices not leading to an examination.

Any student proving an intention to make the most of his time can be admitted to the Sixth Form. Detailed individual consultation and advice will be available as to the courses for which he should enrol. A good proportion of our students remain in the Sixth Form for two years in order to take the G.C.E. at the Advanced level. The possibilities offered to the most intelligent are exactly comparable with those offered in any good comprehensive or grammar school. There is a steady flow of entrants from Chipping Norton School into the universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and other institutions of higher education. At the same time a wide range of opportunities is offered to students remaining in the Sixth form who do not intend to follow a full A-level programme. Details will be circulated at the appropriate time for consultation between teachers, parents and students. At this point it is important for parents to realise that education in the formal sense can continue after the fifth year for the great majority. All members of the Sixth form participate equally in a valuable programme of general studies, whatever the academic level of their other work.

For administration and individual care the Upper School is divided into Tutor groups of relatively small size. It is important for parents to get to know the Group Tutor of their child.. This teacher will be responsible for day-to-day arrangements and for the immediate welfare of the students in his group. The group will be made up of students whose teaching programmes are all different and will be in no way related to the academic ability of its members who will represent the whole range. The Head of Upper School is responsible for the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th years. He will always be ready to meet parents or to arrange interviews between parents and Group Tutors. By asking for an appointment parents will probably save time as all teachers concerned are busy people with teaching priorities. It is, however, quite clear that the Head of Upper School will always arrange appropriate interviews. The Senior Mistress, Deputy Head and Headmaster are equally available when this is necessary. For personal matters concerning a girl parents may wish to consult the senior Mistress. There will be some items which parents will decide to bring directly to the notice of the Headmaster or his Deputy. In this case it would be advisable to telephone the School Secretary to fix a mutually convenient time.

The Group Tutor is mentioned at various points in these notes. He is more than the old Form Teacher and has a specific allocation of time for seeing his group and taking a personal interest in them.

Whenever a student seeks further training, college or university entrance or employment the School will be asked for a report. It is the Headmaster's policy to be positive in such reports and to give the fairest possible assessment. He is often asked about the wider participation of a student in the life and leadership of the school community. He will welcome an opportunity to refer to details of such participation. Clearly he cannot mention it if it has not taken place. The world is increasingly interested in the full personality of applicants.

It is therefore advisable for members of the Upper School to seek ways of joining in our wider activities or of serving the community. Games and athletics are often specifically mentioned in the requests for such reports. Those chosen for School teams on Saturdays should be ready to represent the School. All instances are recorded in reports for the inspection of parents.

The division of the School into two sections each with its own head and the naming of responsible Group Tutors will help materially to overcome anxiety about the size of the School. Every boy and girl will be well-known to the Head of his own School.

As the 6th and 7th years increase in numbers consideration will be given to the appointment of a Senior Tutor responsible for this section of the School.

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The School Council and the Social Fund.

For some three years the School has conducted a pilot scheme for a School Council, i.e. a democratically elected body of pupils with certain powers of decision and rights of recommendation. The details of the future form of pupil representation are now under consideration and will be announced in September, 1971. It is certain that the principle will be maintained.

There exists under the policy of the Oxfordshire Education Committee a Social Fund for facilitating various activities for which no provision is made in public expenditure. It has been used in the School to buy equipment for societies, to support the programme of activities and to subsidise games and athletics. At present the terminal contribution is 15p. per family. Similar sums are collected in secondary schools throughout the County. The Group Tutor will receive this money on behalf of the School. In recent years the objects of expenditure have been decided by the School Council and this right will continue to be extended to the elected representatives of the pupils.

Parents are asked to send 15p. on the first day of each new term.

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A strong satchel, brief-case or attaché-case is necessary for carrying books. Duffle bags and baskets are totally unsuitable for this purpose and books should not be carried in them, but a duffle bag is essential for carrying Games and P.E. Kit.
Books and stationery are provided by the School but each pupil should bring the following items to School:
Fountain pen (not one of the most expensive); Pencils; Ruler; Protractor:
Two set-squares (45º and 60º/30º); Pair of Compasses. Crayons are often needed and it is advisable to keep all these items in a pencil-case or similar container. It is essential to mark clearly with one's name as much of one's personal equipment as possible. Items of value should not be left in desks, lockers, cloakrooms or changing-rooms. Pupils may ask their Group Tutor to keep money or other valuables, The P.E. or Games Teacher will similarly look after watches, wallets, purses, money or other items of value. It is emphasized that they should never be left in changing-rooms. The School will anticipate a responsible attitude about all equipment and property, Look after your own and hand in to a teacher anything you find which belongs to other people.


The pattern of the School Uniform has been decided by a Joint Uniform Committee of Parents, Governors and Staff of the Spendlove School and Chipping Norton School. It has been planned to allow for two important factors.

1. When pupils move from Charlbury to Chipping Norton they will need to buy only a tie and badge.

2. The grey uniform of the girls and the black blazer of the boys can easily he adapted for wear in the first job of a school leaver so that there is no reason why members of the first five years should not wear uniform until they leave school.

All members of the first five years should come to school in uniform and wear it on all school occasions. It is designed to be neat and suitable for school life.

No uniform is specified for Sixth Formers but they are expected to look presentable and to dress suitably.

Apart from watches no jewellery should be worn by pupils in the first five years.

Extremely untidy appearance or unsuitable dress will not escape comment and it is possible that a student who refuses to improve after a warning will be suspended until his/her appearance is correct.

In the future students will also be consulted about changes in the design of uniform arid it is hoped that some arrangement will be made possibly through the Parent Teacher Association, for outgrown uniform to be purchased at low cost.

The County Education Committee may make grants towards the purchase of school uniform and allow free school dinners. Enquiries about this or other financial assistance should be addressed either to the School Secretary, to the appropriate Head of School or the Senior Mistress.

Every item of clothing should be clearly marked with the name of the owner.

The School Uniform list has already been circulated. Further copies may be obtained from the School, if they are needed.

The School hopes to co-operate with the Parent Teacher Association in arranging the sale of outgrown school uniform in good condition at reasonable prices at a function for the parents of new entrants to be arranged late in the summer term.

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Special Events, Features, Activities and Parental Involvement.

In the course of the School Year parents will be invited to a number of events and functions. These will include reporting evenings, Senior and Junior Open Evenings (which have replaced Speech Day), Sports Day, the School Fête, meetings of the Parent Teacher Association and musical or dramatic productions. This list is not complete; it will vary and be extended from year to year. All these undertakings depend on your support.

There will be many opportunities offered to pupils for participation in visits and excursions of all kinds. The School is linked with a German school (at Nordlingen) and with a French school (at Châlons-sur-Narne).

County centres for residential courses at Kilvrough (Gower Peninsula), Yenworthy (Exmoor), Patterdale (Lake District) and Bath College of Home Economics (for girls). By the enterprise of the Staff many visits at home and abroad for shorter and longer periods are organised. There are County Conferences for 5th, 6th and 7th Year Students.

Parents will be invited regularly to reporting sessions in the School when they will have the opportunity of discussing reports with Group Tutor and other teachers. This will be extended to provide discussion over potential and careers at appropriate times. There is also an annual Careers Convention when parents and pupils may obtain direct information from people actually engaged in many professions, trades, services and areas of training and education. This is an open community. Parents are always welcome. Appointments can be arranged at any time for the discussion of questions and problems.

The School has an active Parent Teacher Association which has a remarkably successful record. All parents are strongly advised to join and to take an interest in its activities. We hope that all will support the Annual Fête and other money-making activities arranged by the Association.

We depend on the interest and support of our parents.

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The Use of Areas in the School.

It is necessary to establish bounds to the use of areas in the School as this use varies from time to time in the school day. These arrangements will be announced and pupils will be expected to follow them.


Many pupils travel to school in vehicles provided by the County Council. The relevant details of various journeys will be announced at the appropriate times, particularly to new entrants.

Passengers should arrive at the appropriate boarding point in good time.

Any pupil who misses a vehicle at the end of the school day or is left behind for any reason should report immediately either to the teacher in charge of coach departures or to the School Office. In no circumstances should such pupils attempt to make their way home.

The right to travel on a school coach may be withdrawn for extreme or regular misbehaviour.

At the front of the school is an open space intended for the emptying and loading of coaches. At the beginning and end of the School Day this is a congested and potentially dangerous area. The situation will be even worse during the period of several years from May, 1971, when the start of work on new buildings will compel us to use this area as a car park. It is, therefore, imperative that parents and others bringing pupils to school by car and meeting them after school should not drive into this area. The safest procedure is to stop beyond the School entrance in the main Burford Road, pulling well into the left as one goes towards Burford. (Diagram below).

Plan of Coach Park


A large community can function efficiently only if those rules and arrangements which experience has shown to be essential are followed by its members, Equally it is possibly the most important function of education to foster a sensitivity towards other human beings and a proper concern for their welfare, Mere economics demand that school plant, equipment and materials should be protected. Every rule or arrangement in the School is based on these principles. If we all take the words care, courtesy, consideration and common sense as our guide we shall find that our School society will work well and that we shall all learn a great deal about living with other people.

The following notes mention the most important general points. More detailed day-to-day arrangements about times and places will be given by Group Tutors in September. Announcements are made and reminders provided from time to time. Parents are asked to ensure that their children read and understand this section.


All pupils are required to attend every school session. Special concessions to Sixth Formers will be announced separately at the appropriate time. Absence from school because of illness or emergency must be explained in a written note. In the case of short periods of absence (up to three days) this note should be handed to the Group Tutor by the pupil on return to School. If an absence is likely to continue for more than three days the School should be informed either by telephone or by letter on the third day and a written explanation should be handed to the Group Tutor on return to School.

Requests for leave of absence should be submitted to the Headmaster in advance when such absence is anticipated for any reason. There is a special form for absence associated with parental' annual holiday. This is to be used in cases where the parents will be away from home on annual holiday.

Parents are asked to arrange medical and dental appointments outside school hours whenever this is at all possible. If it is inevitable that pupils should miss time in School for such appointments they should show their appointment card to the teachers in charge of the lessons concerned and to their Group Tutor.


The School Day begins at present at 8.50 a.m. The other relevant times for the divisions of the day will be announced separately. Every pupil is expected to arrive on time for all school sessions and lessons. Only the teacher in charge of a lesson or one of the five Senior Administrative Staff (see Staff List) may excuse a pupil from any part of that lesson.

The School doors are opened at 8.40 a.m.


Detailed arrangements for dinner will be announced at the appropriate time. The weekly charge for those taking school dinner is 60p. (12p. per day). Dinner tickets should in general be bought on a weekly basis each Monday morning. Facilities are also offered to those wishing to eat sandwiches instead of school dinner.

There are only three acceptable alternatives for dinner.

1. To eat School Dinner.

2. To bring a packed lunch to School.

3. To go home for lunch.
It is specifically against the School rules for pupils to go into the town for lunch in cafes, coffee-bars, etc. or for them to buy food, including fish and chips, from shops.

All pupils are expected to do homework. A homework time-table will be provided for parents at the beginning of the school year. This will show the amount of homework in the various subjects for each evening in the week. Parents are asked to co-operate by providing adequate facilities, insisting that homework is done and consulting the Group Tutor, Head of School or other members of the Senior Staff when the amount of work undertaken seems unreasonably greater or less than that laid down in the homework time-table. Learning homework is just as important as written homework. Thorough learning is vital and parents can help by encouraging the testing of learning work at home.


Everyone should move about the school at walking pace, conversing reasonably, without running or shouting. Keep to the right when other people are approaching. During public examinations (G.C.E./C.S.E) the corridors should be completely silent.


1. A school community must always aim at the greatest good of the greatest number. Therefore everyone should respect the fabric of the buildings, the equipment in those buildings and all books end other items provided by the School. Damage or loss should be reported immediately to the appropriate member of the Staff. That books or equipment must be replaced and the costs met in cases of negligent or wilful damage.

2. Property should not be left in cloak-rooms or on the top of lockers at the end of the day. As a Further Education Centre the School is used by many other people in. the evening and during the weekend. For this reason property should be left tidily in desks or lockers or taken home.

3. Smoking is prohibited to all members of the School at all times on the premises on the way to School and on the way home.

4. There are litter bins and waste-paper baskets about the school and grounds. Please use them. The School Tuck Shop will be closed if litter
is dropped about the School. Those who drop litter may expect to be punished.

a. If you are lost ask a member of the Staff.
b. If you lose property go to 'LOST PROPERTY' at the appropriate time which will be announced. If the property is valuable report the loss immediately either to your Group Tutor, your Head of School, the Senior Mistress or the P.E. Teacher (when the loss occurs during P.E. or Games).
c. If you feel ill during lessons inform the teacher who is taking you. At other times report immediately to Mrs. Gomm, the Study Supervisor. If you cannot find Mrs. Gomm report to the School Office, or the Senior Mistress. If you can do none of these inform any teacher.
d. The P.E. Teachers or Mrs. Gomm will deal with injury. If you cannot find them report injuries to the Office or to any teacher.
e. If you miss your coach to go home report either to the teacher at the departure area or to the School Office. Never try to make your own way home.
f. Remember that care, courtesy, consideration and common-sense will always produce the right result.
g. take part in everything. You will gain nothing if you put nothing in. Do not leave it to other people but make sure you are involved..

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