Presently, the closest regular railway station to Wallingford is in Cholsey, about three miles away.
Bus services for the town are operated by Thames Travel, including:
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It is our aim to send students out into the world not only equipped with excellent academic credentials, but also with the interpersonal, social and intellectual skills to contribute as positive members of society. Our Sixth Form is a happy place that combines great fun with impressive results.
There are real advantages to a good 11-18 school. The Sixth Form get to develop in an environment they know and feel part of and younger students benefit from having the senior students around school. It is also easier to attract teachers keen to teach their subject to the highest level.
This can be for a short period to help someone catch up. The team has an excellent record of diagnosing and supporting young people who struggle with literacy. The aim is to ensure they are able to meet the challenges of GCSE courses by year 10.
Wallingford is on the west bank of the River Thames downstream of Oxford and lies at the foot of the Chilterns. On the opposite bank are the villages of Crowmarsh Gifford and Newnham Murren, connected to the town by Wallingford Bridge, a 900 ft long medieval stone bridge crossing the river and adjacent flood plain. At southern end of the town is the settlement of Winterbrook. The town bypass crosses the river to the southwest over Winterbrook Bridge.
BunkFest is a volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation working for the benefit of the local community. Please donate generously now and during the festival - BunkFest relies on your kind financial support. Thank you.
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Some subjects require field work studies, some foreign trips and some trips are just for fun. We are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme. The school also runs expeditions; to date to Borneo and Nicaragua with plans for the next one to be in India.
Most events are free - you only need to purchase tickets for the boat trips, train trips, workshops and also for camping. See the Tickets page for details.
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Students are no longer passive receivers of chalk and talk from the front of the classroom. Visitors will find young people investigating, exploring, discussing, debating, recording, filming, planning, drafting and presenting. Teachers use the good behaviour at the school as a basis for challenging all students to learn for themselves and from each other.
In the British TV series, Sorry! starring Ronnie Corbett, the exterior town scenes were filmed in Wallingford. Corbett's character, Timothy, drank in the Dolphin Public House. Also the Christmas special Professor Branestawm starring Harry Hill was filmed mainly in Wallingford. Some scenes for the television detective drama Midsomer Murders were filmed in Wallingford, which poses as the fictional town of Causton.
In 2009 the town requested an end to the twinning relationship with Luxeuil-les-Bains following several years of non-contact. The request prompted a renewal of the relationship.
Welcome and thank you for your interest in our school. We want to help every pupil choose the right mix of elements that will send them into the world able and qualified to play their full part. Those of us who work at Wallingford know we are very lucky to serve a community of young people who are typically very well-brought up, conscientious and ambitious. This is a cheerful and welcoming place. Pupils have fun, work hard and are thoughtful.
Everyone benefits from having some exercise in their life. There is also a great deal to be learned about oneself from team games and individual physical challenges. While sport is not a great love for everyone we aim to ensure each student is involved to a degree that is healthy for their development. Those for whom it is a central passion have a chance to explore their talent as far as possible.
On the banks of the Thames in South Oxfordshire, Wallingford BunkFest is a free-access community festival providing a unique, family friendly celebration with something for everyone.
Our history as a Sports Specialist College enabled us to establish a Junior Sports Leaders Programme that enables young people to develop their skills as leaders within the context of sport, whatever their level of prowess.
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We believe there is much to be said for a long, happy childhood in the hands of caring adults. Young people here are so positive and confident partly because they are both respected and respectful. Excellent behaviour attracts a high calibre of teacher.
The main employers based in the town are primarily on the Hithercroft Trading Estate, established in the 1970s. These include Rowse Honey, Royal Mail, HR Wallingford, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Fugro. To the south east of the town is the headquarters for the non-profit agricultural organisation CABI.
There are other local services to Benson and then Henley-on-Thames or Abingdon; Streatley and Goring-on-Thames; and Cholsey.
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Wallingford School pupils take part in the German exchange programme with the school in Bad Wurzach.
At times, though, it is easy to take for granted the interests of youngsters who progress relatively easily without attracting attention. This strikes us as wrong and we are keen to avoid it at our school. The programme has had time, money and expertise directed towards it.
We aim to help everyone reach their potential, regardless of any extra challenges they might face. The vast majority of students are able to access the curriculum from the outset and find it easy to cope with learning without support. The teachers and teaching assistants in our SEN department are highly experienced at directing their expertise and resources to help individual students. Some students are supported in class while others are withdrawn for extra help with elements of learning.
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Wallingford has formal town twinning links with Luxeuil-les-Bains, France and Bad Wurzach, Germany; and informal links with Wallingford, Connecticut, United States.
Wallingford used to return two Members of Parliament (cut to one in 1832 and none in 1885). Its prominent MPs, often not resident, included:
The vigour and variety of life outside the classroom are both a cause and a symptom of a happy and thriving community at Wallingford. The school is very active after lessons with a number of clubs and teacher-led sessions. Staff here are happy to support visits run by their colleagues, which makes an extensive extra-curricular programme possible.
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Those of us who work at Wallingford feel lucky to have such a healthy cross-section of the community to teach. Part of this good fortune is the privilege of working with many academically gifted children. They often challenge us but love learning and so enhance the joy of our vocation.
The town has a primary school: St John's; a junior school: Fir Tree; and an infant school: St Nicholas's. Wallingford School is the secondary school in the area, to the north of the town, which is the successor to Wallingford Grammar School, founded 1659. The majority of pupils from both Fir Tree and St John's continue to Wallingford School. Wallingford School also draws pupils from Crowmarsh, Brightwell, Cholsey and Warborough primary schools and rarely Didcot primary schools.
In 2016, BunkFest celebrates its 15th year of life - starting from a small marquee in a pub car park to filling the KineCroft and providing entertainment throughout Wallingford, on the River Thames and on the Bunk Railway line.
The curriculum at Wallingford is a reflection of our belief that the best preparation for adult life is to have as much fun and variety within lessons as possible, while succeeding in a traditional range of subjects that people recognise and value. There is a very strong focus on Teaching and Learning at Wallingford, with an emphasis upon variety.