Luke Pill
Before joining Northfield School, Luke had experienced a troubled and disrupted education, which had resulted in numerous exclusions. Luke joined Northfield School in September 2006. Luke was a keen sportsman and he was quick to become well-liked by his peers and staff. Through Year 11 and 12 Luke took part in a BTEC in Land studies and he passed this with a Distinction. During this time Luke also gained his Tractor driver’s License and his Fork Lift Driver’s License. Luke also received driving lessons from a qualified member of staff. Gaining these driving qualifications was made possible due to Luke paying for these through his ‘school bank account’. Northfield School has a programme of rewards based on ‘pennies for points’. Throughout his time in school Luke worked hard and showed a positive attitude. Luke was able to save money well and enriched his learning experiences. Luke left Northfield at the end of Year 14 and went to Lacombe Agricultural College in Wiltshire. Since qualifying from college Luke has gone on to farm at Woburn Safari park and has travelled to New Zealand and Canada where he has been employed to farm using his driving, ploughing, spreading, sowing and harvesting skills. The Year after Luke left Northfield; his mother requested that she provide the school with a trophy to be awarded at Prize Giving for any future student who makes ‘Outstanding Progress’. This continues to be awarded every year and is a highly coveted award.
Jamie Barratt
Jamie joined Northfield School in November 2010 as a Year 9 student. Jamie had previously struggled in a mainstream setting often becoming frustrated at the situations he found himself in. Jamie would often refuse to follow instructions from people in authority and this led to him being excluded from school. Soon after his arrival, Jamie quickly developed a passion for cookery at Northfield School. Staff were often wowed by the quality and presentation of the food that he was able to produce. During Year 11, Jamie took up a work experience placement at Limes Farm in Brackley. This was hugely successful and Jamie was asked to work in the kitchen at weekends. Jamie left Northfield at the end of Year 11 with seven GCSE passes and with his ‘Food Hygiene’ certificate. Jamie started a catering course at Banbury College and is currently working full time back at Limes farm as a junior chef. Northfield School recently arranged for another student to start work experience at Limes Farm and this student is being mentored by Jamie.
Reuben Deadman
Reuben has a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and found functioning in a large school setting very challenging. Reuben joined Northfield School in September 2008. Reuben was quick to settle into life at Northfield. There were obvious ups and downs but generally Reuben engaged very well in his learning. During Year 9 Reuben was selected to go on a two day trip to Barcelona based on his attitude towards school. The experience of walking ‘Las Ramblas’ and visiting the ‘Camp Nou’ will always stay with Reuben.

During his time at Northfield, Reuben developed a love of music and in particular Electric Guitar and Drumming. Reuben achieved grades through ‘Rock School’ and even recorded a single entitled ‘Computer Games’ that received airtime on ‘Jack FM’. Reuben also performed at Northfield’s annual Prize Giving in front of a packed room and the guest member of the rock group Radiohead, Colin Greenwood. Reuben left Northfield at the end of Year 12 having gained GCSEs in eight subjects including Grade C in English Literature & Language. Reuben went on to study Music Technology Level 2&3 at Witney & Abingdon College and he is now considering University. During Reuben’s Year 11 & 12 one of his parents represented the school on the Governing body and helped continue building on the schools successes.
Acting Headteacher: Mr. Powell

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