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Making Learning Fun

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Making Learning Fun

Head Teacher's Letter

Welcome to Oaklands School.


We are a busy but friendly school, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing up to date information for parents, pupils and the wider community.


We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find the information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have. 


I have been Head Teacher of Oaklands School for eight years: during this time the school has undergone significant changes rising from seventy pupils to a hundred plus, but our dedication to continuous improvement for our four to eleven year old pupils never wavers. We continue to admit very young pupils, and, are now more confident than ever in our ability to provide an imaginative Early Years Curriculum personalised to meet the often complex needs of these little ones. This year has seen a new light sensory room which provides a fuller, more immersive sensory experience.


Dedicated, skilled staff have risen to the challenge of pupils displaying the complex needs associated with Autism: as a result we are all proficient in Picture Exchange System (PECS), Makaton, Numicon and TEACHH (a recognised teaching system which helps focus those on the ASD spectrum). All staff are trained in Team Teach which helps ensure pupils are handled safely. Class sizes reflect the needs of the pupils, most have eight pupils and four staff, a few have twelve pupils and four/five staff. A very few pupils have one to one support to meet their needs.


Our pupils are at the heart of everything we do from our creative skills based International Primary Curriculum to our after school clubs, and, benefit from highly skilled support in all areas. Pupils benefit from personalised learning programmes in addition to highly effective target setting.


We expect excellent attendance and punctuality and expect all our children to work hard and behave well. Importance is placed on mutual respect, co-operation and trust to ensure a real sense of community within a positive learning environment.


We aim for students to leave Oaklands as confident and happy young people, as independent as their special needs allows, ready to fully engage with their secondary school. The committed and talented staff work tirelessly towards this through ensuring every student reaches his or her potential. In order to fully achieve our aims we believe it is vital to work closely with parents/carers and all members of the school community.


In a changing world I believe the school is now ready to meet new challenges and continue on its journey towards excellence.


Eleanor Shaw