Welcome to John Henry Newman Academy!


John Henry Newman Academy, a GOOD primary school, in the heart of Littlemore, is a vibrant, happy and exciting place to be for children and their families. We are a two-form entry school for children aged between 3 and 11. The Academy serves the inner city of Oxford and the communities of Littlemore, Rosehill and Blackbird Leys.

We are a Church of England school, part of Oxford Diocesan School Trust,  underpinned by our strong Christian ethos with well-established links with our local church, St Mary and St Nicholas. We welcome children and families from all faiths and backgrounds, and embrace the diverse community we have in Littlemore.

The first school in Littlemore was founded in 1830 by the 19th Century priest and poet John Henry Newman. There has been a church school in Littlemore ever since these beginnings. The Littlemore Infants School was sited on land donated by the owner of the Lawn Upton estate and built in 1903, it later became known as Speedwell School.

The new John Henry Newman CE Aided Primary school was built in 2002 on a wonderful history and tradition of primary education provided by the previous two schools.  In 2012, the Governors opted to convert to academy status with the Diocese of Oxford as its sponsor, the first school as part of the newly created Multi Academy Trust.

You can read about us in the Oxford Mail:

Please come and see our wonderful school!

Katie Screaton

Executive Headteacher


Highlights from our most recent Ofsted Report (2018):
“Pupils’ positive attitudes to learning and the consistently good teaching enables pupils to make good progress.” “All staff and governors place the highest priority on making sure that pupils are happy and safe.” “The school is a caring environment. All staff ensure that the physical and emotional well-being of pupils and their families are of paramount importance.”


Awards & Accolades


Ofsted Good Provider SIAMS Good Primary Science Quality Mark

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