Heyford Park Free School

Dorchester Living are particularly proud of our involvement in the establishment of Heyford Park Free School, a 3-19 all-through Free School that opened in 2013.

a partnership to be proud of

We began the Free Schools’ application process as a direct response to local need, and strove to change the planning position at Heyford Park so that we could deliver a school that was in line with local aspirations. This is typical of our ethos in regards to social infrastructure, where we are prepared to help to operate certain key amenities so that we can ensure the quality of provision is high and that the solution is bespoke to the community.


For more information about Heyford Park Free School, please watch the following video…

Key Facts about the School

Established: 2013
Age Range: Nursery all the way through to Sixth Form
Website: www.heyfordparkfreeschool.org
Principal: Karen Healey
How many places are available per year: we admit 60 students at Year 7 and 60 students at Reception. If you are considering moving to Heyford Park and would like to make an in-year admission, please contact the School directly, who will be happy to make time to talk to you

School development Timeline

June 2011

Dorchester decide they wish to make a Free School application to increase school places at Heyford Park


Nov 2011

work begins to engage local parents and stakeholders to design the vision and ethos for the School


Feb 2012

the application to the Department for Education is finalised and submitted


July 2012

Heyford Park Free School is approved to open by the Department For Education, with a targeted opening date only one year away! Dorchester become the first developer in the UK to be approved to open a Free School


October 2012

the inaugural Principal of Heyford Park Free School is appointed to join the School


Feb 2013

the School logo and uniform is designer by local people after our first Stakeholder design work shop


Sept 2013

Heyford Park Free School officially opens in temporary accommodation


Sept 2014

Heyford Park Free School admits its second cohort of students and opens part of the historic Officers’ Mess Building


May 2015

Heyford Park Free School receives it’s first Ofsted inspection- the Judgement in Good, a massive achievement for a School that is still in temporary accommodation


June 2015

the refurbishment of the Officers’ Mess and Specialisms’ Campus are finally completed and the School is able to occupy its permanent home


December 2016

the second Principal of Heyford Park Free School is appointed, Karen Healey


September 2017

the school is now in its 5th year of operation and is going from strength to strength- we are currently school of choice in the wider Bicester area


August 2018

Heyford Park Free School received its first ever set of published secondary exam results as the Year 11 students received their GCSE results


September 2018

The school opened its sixth form, giving students the opportunity to take their A levels or level 3 qualifications