At Oakley we believe it is important to place pupils' learning in context and allow them to develop their skills for life, in the wider community. Throughout their time at Oakley, pupils will experience a variety of trips and activities to enrich their learning journey.
Trips in recent years have included: museums, an astrodome, forests, zoos, London theatre productions, galleries and more. Development of life skills is key to our pupils’ success, we visit supermarkets, town centres, cafes, garden centres and use public transport to promote practical living skills in a real environment. Our students take part in sports and leisure activities on a weekly basis, which include; horse riding, rock climbing, cycling, golf, swimming and fitness. As well as trips throughout the year, students take part in a residential trip at the end of Key Stage 3 and 4 to mark the end of a phase in their education.
In addition to school trips and visits, Oakley has a clear view on maximising opportunities to learn outside the classroom whether that’s in the on-site learning lodge, the amphitheatre in the woods or simply extending the lesson into the playground.
Oakley's first Ski Trip
In February 2018, some of our Key Stage 4 pupils were given the opportunity to attend a residential skiing trip in the resort of Pila in Italy.
Oakley were fortunate enough to be invited to join Ifield School, who have successfully been going for a number of years. Ifield School is a district Special School, similar to Oakley based in Gravesend, Kent.
Our pupils had the most fantastic experience; with social and practical learning opportunities as well as helping them develop core strength and balance.
Upon their return, Sally Maher, Trip Co-ordinator said she was "so proud of everyone and their amazing determination, perseverance, courage and attitude during the entire trip. The majority of pupils made it up to the red runs of the Pila slopes and showed not only physical strength but how mentally strong they are. Even when tired and sore they always gave 100%. This trip has demonstrated that our pupils are polite, friendly and supportive young people. They integrated incredibly well with the students from Ifield school, who joined us on the trip, and the feedback from everyone we crossed paths with; ski instructors, reps, coach drivers and the hotel staff was incredibly positive and reflected the good manners and likability of our pupils".
Sally is already thinking about next time and how we can open the opportunity to more pupils.
Photos of the trip can be found under the News and Events page.