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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.


Picture 1 Gordon Tillman - Head Teacher



We hope you enjoy reading the following pages as an introduction to Oakley School. 


As you may already know, we are the district co-educational, Special School for day pupils, aged from 2 to 18 years, all of whom have severe and/or complex needs, with associated communication and learning difficulties.


I have had the privilege of being the Headteacher at Oakley School since November 2012 and am proud to be part of the fantastic staff team who work so very hard to make learning motivating, interactive, challenging and fun, whilst ensuring that all our children and young people feel safe, valued and self confident. We promote skills for life and independence so that when they leave Oakley School, our young people have the best opportunities to be happy, fulfilled and contributing citizens.


We are ambitious for our pupils and offer a rich curriculum - as well as teaching all the core subjects; maths, English, Science, Art and others, we promote practical learning in subjects such as Life Skills, Food Technology and Learning Outside the Classroom which includes Horticulture and Construction. We embed technology in all subjects, across the curriculum.  We also offer a vast array of enrichment activities, trips and residential experiences in the United Kingdom and abroad as they are such good opportunities for children and young people to find out more about themselves and the world around them. 


We were last inspected by Ofsted in March 2015 and judged as GOOD in all areas (having been judged as ‘requires improvement’ in March 2013). We were delighted with this result but continue to work hard to achieve outstanding, a standard that all of our children and young people deserve.


Our children and young people are at the heart of everything we do. We know that they learn best when they feel safe, valued and self-confident, and our team works with parents, therapists, other professionals and external organisations to ensure that is the case. But don’t take my word for it, please come and visit us (by appointment please), see for yourself, speak with staff and pupils, have a look around, as that is the only way you will get a real ‘feel’ for our very special school. In the meantime, please browse through our website to find out more about us.  


We look forward to meeting you.



Picture 1 Sam Perryman - Deputy Head
Picture 2 Steve Langley - Assistant Head, Tonbridge Site
Picture 3 Sophie Rees - Assistant Head, Tun/Wells Site