Kay Willett, Head Teacher of The Iffley Academy
Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) is the most common primary need amongst pupils with Statements / EHCPs across the UK. The Iffley Academy is working towards gaining accreditation through the National Autistic Society and will become a centre of excellence for ASC provision
The Iffley Academy was one of the first schools in the UK to apply the ethos of 'Restorative Approaches' and is widely recognised as a centre of excellence in this area
Working with animals can have a profound impact on students, developing their self-esteem, self confidence and enhancing their social and communication skills
All students at The Iffley Academy will achieve their potential, becoming confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and make a successful transition into adulthood
Integration opportunities and work experience placements are available for all students, enabling them to go into colleges and local schools, to develop their academic and social skills, and realise their full potential
The Iffley Academy has a unique curriculum which prioritises functional literacy and numeracy alongside developing skills towards independent living, employability, healthy living and participation in society
Irrespective of their special needs and diversity, all students are treated as unique and will be respected for the contribution that they can make to the academy and in the future to their chosen communities

Welcome to The Iffley Academy

The Iffley Academy is a community Special Academy for children and young people up to the age of 18 with complex special educational needs. Our students have a range of needs but primarily we work with students with Moderate Cognition and Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and/or Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. All of our students have Education, Health and Care Plans, or Statements of Special Educational Needs.

The Iffley Academy is part of a growing multi-academy trust of special schools. Currently we are working with the Department for Education to open a new free special school in North Oxfordshire for pupils with complex Special Educational Needs. This project is in the pre-opening stage whilst we find the exact site for the brand-new academy buildings. The school will offer specialist day provision for children and young people aged 7 to 18, and will mirror the values and practices of The Iffley Academy, Oxford, which was judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2015.

In Spring 2018 our new academy buildings will begin to take shape as our construction team move onto site to start the exciting re-build of our new school. We hope to start moving into our new buildings in July 2019. The architects have provided some innovative and exciting learning spaces for our students and we are really excited about our move and the further opportunities this will give our students.

The academy is also working on an application to the DfE to become an academy sponsor. This will enable the trust to sponsor other schools that require our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities expertise, skills and experience to improve their own educational offer. We have a strong track record of working on school to school projects with local academies and schools and the academy has recently been designated as a National Support School by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Kay Willett, Head Teacher of the Iffley Academy and Senior Executive Lead of the trust has also been recognised by the NCTL as an outstanding head teacher and is a designated National Leader in Education (NLE).

The Iffley Academy also has a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) Tom Procter-Legg, who is supporting other schools through SEND reviews. This work is carried out through the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance and The London Leadership Strategy working directly with WholeSchoolSEND.

Latest News

IFFLEY ACADEMY OPEN WEDNESDAY 13th DECEMBER

We are open as normal today, taxis should be arriving at the usual time and we will celebrating our star treat day as planned!


IFFLEY ACADEMY CLOSED TUESDAY 12th DECEMBER:

Following a risk assessment of our site at 7am we are closed again today due to frozen paths and carparks.  We plan to be open tomorrow 13th December as...


Open Tuesday 12.12.2017 at 10am!

The Iffley Academy will be back open at 10am on Tuesday 12th December.  Unfortunately we have needed to reschedule the Christmas performance which will now take place during the...