Other sites, for example Osney Mead, were discounted because they were either not available, not viable or could not be delivered in time to meet the need for places from 2019 onwards. The ESFA also worked closed with Oxfordshire County Council education department and the River Learning Trust to ensure they chose a site for The Swan School in the right catchment area to meet basic need for secondary places. Recent school allocations shows that many pupils in the Marston area have not secured a place at their local school.
The site is able to accommodate The Swan School within the ESFA’s guidelines for a school of this size. Indeed, by comparison to some city schools (for example in London), the site is larger than those of other schools.The Swan School will be a new build and the current building removed.