We aim to provide a welcoming community for students' families and maintain close links with local schools who welcome our students' children. Our Student Advice Centre offers a wide range of support and guidance for families, including information about schools in the local area.
If you are bringing your family with you while you are studying, it is important that you plan carefully before your course begins. You will need to organise your accommodation and schooling for your children well in advance of your arrival. You may wish to visit in advance of your family, to make the necessary arrangements, and for your family to join you once these have been made. This is particularly important if you are coming to the UK from another country.
Information for international students who would like to bring their family to the UK can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.
Childcare and education
(For children aged between three months and five years)
The Cottage Nursery is situated close to the Defence Academy and is fully equipped with modern facilities, including indoor and outdoor play areas.
Chestnut Trees Pre-School
The Pre-School rooms are located in beautiful surroundings within the Memorial Hall, including space for art activities and access to the spacious main hall for PE sessions.
The Barn Kindergarten and Out of School Club
The Kindergarten and Out of School Club has two daily sessions. There is a breakfast club running from 8am and an afterschool club from 3pm until 6pm. Pick-ups to and from Watchfield School are also provided. There is a large, well-equipped outdoor space which allows the children lots of space to play.
Shrivenham Primary School
A thriving local school for about 160 local children aged between the rising fives (the year children become five years old) and 11.
To ask about places, please contact School Administrator Lisa Row:
Oxfordshire Family Information Service
For information about childcare, early years’ education, family support and other services for children and young people, visit the OxonFIS website or call +44 (0)8452 262636.
Located near the Defence Academy, the Shrivenham Community Centre is a friendly, informal meeting place that provides a range of facilities for students and their families, including a soft play area for younger children, while parents enjoy refreshments in the adjoining café.