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The Warriner School

The Warriner Multi Academy Trust


The Warriner MAT was set up in August 2015 with one secondary school (The Warriner), three primary schools (Bishop Carpenter, Hornton and Sibford Gower) and one pre-school (Peachtree). A further two-form entry primary school (Bishop Loveday) joined in June 2017 followed by a Northamptonshire primary school (Farthinghoe) in September 2018 and Finmere Primary school in March 2020. A sponsored Northamptonshire primary school will join during this academic year. We have also been awarded a free school in Bicester with an opening date of 2023.

In May 2017 the MAT was granted sponsorship status by the Regional Schools Commissioner in recognition of our capacity for growth. The Warriner MAT is an Oxfordshire Diocese Board of Education (ODBE) Voluntary Aided MAT with a mix of community and CofE schools.

Our mission is to:

Continue to grow a family of like-minded schools underpinned by our moral purpose to drive educational excellence                                                                                                                          

Our vision is:

  • To place the needs of all our young people at the centre of everything that we do
  • For the work of the MAT to have a sustained impact upon school improvement
  • Building upon their individual foundations, for all schools to retain what makes them unique whilst still making a distinctive contribution to the MAT

Track record:

We have a proven track record of working effectively with all of our schools. This has been formally recognised by the Regional Schools Commissioner who has invited us to showcase our successes at his regional conferences and the DfE who included our MAT in their best practice document published in December 2016 in recognition of our support of smaller primary schools. The MAT leadership team have worked diligently to ensure the very highest standards are achieved by all our students. This relentless focus upon best practice in teaching and learning began well before the formal conversion date. As a result of this collaboration, all schools within the MAT continue to perform well above floor and coasting standards and one was placed in the top 1% of schools for its outcomes in 2016. Another of our primary schools was selected to take part in the parliamentary review of primary education in 2018 for outstanding practice. In 2020 one of our primary schools ranked within the top 10 in Oxfordshire.

The secondary school is one of the top performing secondary schools in the area. In 2015 The Warriner School was placed in the top 100 of schools nationally for sustained improvement and in 2017 was chosen as one of twelve schools to take part in the national parliamentary review of secondary education for outstanding practice. In 2017 we were asked to apply for teaching school status and the headteacher was asked to apply to be a national leader of education. There have been year-on-year improvements in outcomes for our students. There is strong parental demand for places within the existing MAT with the secondary school being over-subscribed by more than sixty pupils each year, with parents having to appeal for places in Year 7.

Our Academy model of working is viewed very favourably by both the DfE and Regional Schools Commissioner. They have scrutinised our growth plans and as a result have granted us sponsor status. 


Since conversion all our schools have remained Ofsted Good or better with one school moving to Good after having been RI since 2006. We are very proud of this achievement which is due to our collaborative approach to school improvement. The impact of the work of the MAT was highly commended by the inspection teams.  

Dr Annabel Kay
CEO, The Warriner Multi Academy Trust
Bloxham Grove Road, Bloxham,
Oxfordshire OX15 4LJ

The Warriner Multi Academy Trust is a charitable limited company registered in England and Wales. Company number: 9696059

To find out more, go to the MAT Website.
Click the link below and go to page 35 to read about The Warriner School MAT:
Please click here for the WMAT Code of conduct for parents.
Documentation relating to the Multi Academy Trust can be found below.