Meeting need for new school places in Oxford

Meeting need for school places from 2019

The Swan School is a new comprehensive school, which has been granted funding to provide up to 1,260 new school places for 11-18 year olds in Oxford from September 2019.

The Harlow Centre in Marston has been identified as the only suitable location to build The Swan School.

The school will admit 120 Year 7 pupils, in 2019 and 2020, and from 2021, 180 places per year. Oxford has been identified as a location for a new school, because Oxfordshire County Council (as the Local Education Authority) is forecasting a significant shortage of new secondary school places from the year 2019.

For more information about The Swan School, please visit their website:

New educational facilities for Marston

Galliford Try is working with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), The River Learning Trust (RLT), Meadowbrook College and St Nicholas' Primary School to prepare a masterplan for the redevelopment of the Harlow Centre, which will enable the The Swan School to be built.

The masterplan also includes a new state-of-the-art building for Meadowbrook College and new outdoor facilities for St Nicholas' Primary School.

In order to deliver the masterplan for the site, we need to submit a planning application to Oxford City Council.

Before we submit the planning application, we are keen to talk to local people to ensure that our plans respect the local environment and local context.

This is an entirely separate process to the Section 10 Consultation being carried out by the River Learning Trust, specific to the operation of The Swan School.

Tell us what you think of our proposed masterplan

We organised two drop-in sessions for the local community at St. Nicholas' Primary School (Raymund Rd, Oxford OX3 0SW) at the following dates and times:

Thursday 2nd November 2017 from 5pm to 8pm
Monday 6th November 2017 from 5pm to 8pm

The information on display at the public events is also available to download using the links below:

Introductory information

Detailed drawings and plans

The deadline for feedback has now passed. If you have any questions or queries, please Get in touch.

Latest news

New Oxford secondary school draws closer
Tue 13th Mar 2018 at 08:30

A planning application to deliver a new secondary school for Oxford will soon be submitted to Oxford City Council to address an identified significant shortfall in secondary places in the city from September 2019.

Project update
Wed 3rd Jan 2018 at 17:00

Thank you to everyone who responded to the proposals to redevelop the Harlow Centre site

New schools plan to go on display in Marston
Fri 20th Oct 2017 at 17:00

A masterplan to redevelop the Harlow Centre site in Marston will be on display at two public drop-in sessions on 2nd and 6th November.