Our Mission: Children and Young People at the heart of all we do.
Our Ethos: Work Hard, Be Kind, Have Fun & Stay Safe
Our Vision: To give all our children and young people opportunities to engage, explore, discover and develop their independence – to become confident, resilient, happy and well prepared for a positive and meaningful future.
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.
After School Clubs
After School Clubs currently run in Phase 2 (Tuesdays) and Phase 3 (Thursdays) on the Tunbridge Wells site and Phase 4 (Thursdays) on the Tonbridge site.
Activities include art, crafts, baking, music/dance, games and in the warmer months, trips out in the local community e.g. Aspens, park etc.
Clubs run from 3.15pm to 5.00pm. Pupils attending can bring a change of clothes. A drink and snack will be provided. Children need collecting from school promptly at 5pm. The cost for 2021/22 is £3 per week for each child attending. This can be paid weekly or in advance, whichever is easier.
Each term we write to parents inviting them to sign up for after school club. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis initially and then on a rota basis.
Thrive is an approach to support the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils across the school. We started Thrive last year, in the middle of the pandemic and it is having a great impact across our school community. As a result many children are happier and more able to express their emotions freely.
Thrive is a whole school approach and every day your children are receiving Thrive either as a class group or individually. Thrive helps pupils to learn to regulate their emotional responses through fun art based activities, play, mindfulness, dance, music and so much more, plus they are having so much fun with it.
From May 2022 we will also be delivering Thrive Parent Workshops.
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 achieved International Eco School status in July 2021.
The underlying principles are Global citizenship, Waste, Litter, Transport, Water, Healthy Living, Biodiversity, School grounds and Energy.
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.
Transitions can be particularly challenging for some of our children and young people. We work closely with our pupils, parents and carers to provide personalised resources to support them in preparation of the next phase of their learning. We achieve this by:-
Pupils having the opportunity to visit their new classroom/Phase/site
Personalised transition booklets which include photos of new Class Team and environment.
New parent meetings
Collaboration between settings ('old' and 'new' school/class)