Oakley School children and young people learn to develop skills for life and independence through an innovative and broad curriculum. We have developed a creative curriculum that has themes which run throughout the school and which show clear progression through all the Phases. Our Learning Pathways empower our teachers to adapt their teaching to meet individual need. Therapeutic strategies are embedded to ensure a holistic approach for our pupils to grow and learn. Learning outside the classroom is a fundamental part of the curriculum offer which allows pupils to develop confidence, problem solving, communication and team building skills. Life skills are taught throughout the curriculum and pupils are encouraged to learn how to lead independent lives. All subjects encourage problem solving, communication and collaboration. The rich and varied learning at Oakley has been recognised by the school achieving Gold in the SMSC National Quality Mark (October 2018): “The curriculum is an all-encompassing example of how SMSC can be the driver of teaching and learning rather than merely relying on opportunities to occur.”
The school ethos of “work hard, be kind, have fun and stay safe” runs throughout the pupils’ learning.