Eton Wick Church of England First School has applied to become an academy.

It wants to become part of the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust, removing itself from Royal Borough council control.

Chairman of governors, Alan Cole, has said in a letter to parents that Eton Wick would remain a community school if it became an academy and that its character would not change, adding: “We see this as the next step in our school’s development, not a radical change to our children’s education.”

A consultation evening has been arranged for Tuesday, October 3, at 7pm which will be attended by the governing body and the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust, who will answer questions.

Parents who prefer it can write or email their questions to the school in advance of the meeting.

Parents have been sent a letter informing them of the plans as part of a consultation process which will end on October 13 at noon.

Eton Wick School is the latest in a long line across the Royal Borough to opt for change.