Our Learning Support Staff run inclusive after school clubs throughout the week on both Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells sites. As well as Phase specific clubs we also have a very popular Music & Drama Club called SCOOT. These clubs are usually over-subscribed but all pupils take it in turns to attend if they wish. Details of the clubs and places available are communicated to parents on a regular basis, but if you would like to make an enquiry please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We have an active School Council which consists of a group of pupils who have been elected by their classes to represent the views of the pupils and come up with ideas to improve our school.
March 2018 - the members of the School Council, along with their classmates, are creating a Pupils' Charter: an agreement between the school and the pupils. The charter will include:-
We will share the Charter as soon as it is finalised.
House Point System
At Oakley we have a house point system whereby all our children and young people are grouped into four house teams. These are Bodiam, Hever, Rochester and Scotney. Every child, member of staff and governor is given one of these four houses to support. Each child is placed in a house on entry to school and remains a member of this team throughout their time at the school.
On Sports Day the Houses compete against each other as teams and a cup is awarded to the winning House. Teaching and non-teaching staff also belong to a House, and they encourage and support the children in positive team building through the House system.
Earning House Points
House Points can be awarded by all staff to children for a variety of reasons. For example:
• Polite, well mannered behaviour
• Demonstrating a caring attitude towards peers
• Working to the best of their ability
• Putting special effort into a piece of work
• Positive attitude towards work
• Sporting achievement
• Taking part in competitions and events
• Helpful approaches to different situations
Oakley was first awarded the highly prestigious green flag award in 2013 in recognition of our commitment to the underlying principles of the Eco Schools award. We are currently working towards re-accreditation. The underlying principles are:-
This commitment is shared by pupils, staff and parents and underpins what we do in school. It is reflected in the nature of the school curriculum, especially in science, PE and outdoor learning. However it is also displayed through our extra-curricular activities, for example in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Members of the school’s Eco Committee are drawn from every class and meet regularly to plan activities that further develop Oakley’s sustainable profile. This year these have included participating in the RSPBs Big School’s Birdwatch, litter picking in local parks and encouraging all those associated with the school to participate in Oakley School’s Leave the Car at Home week and Switch Off Fortnight.
Our School Song
We first sang our School Song at the Christmas Church Service in December 2016. Our Reading Champion, Roy Apps, helped us write it, but in the main our children and young people, from Reception to F.E., came up with the words by describing how they feel about Oakley School.
Attached are the words, including a copy in Communicate in Print, we would love you to sing along with us next time we sing it.