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 will be starting again for Phases 1, 2 and 3 from Thursday, 22nd April 2021.
Phase 1 After School Club: will include a range of activities such as sensory play, crafts, outdoor play, music and movement.
Phase 2 After School Club: Activities will include crafts, baking, curling, outdoor equipment/games
Phase 3 After School Club: Art Activities
They will run every Thursday from 3.15pm to 5.00pm between Thursday, 22nd April to Thursday, 15th July (excluding Thursday, 3rd June in half term).
Pupils attending can bring a change of clothes. A drink and snack will be provided. Children will need to be collected from school promptly at 5pm please (from the main car park side gate).
Learning Support Staff from Oakley will run and support the sessions. For us to offer the clubs and to provide the necessary staffing, equipment and refreshments, the cost is £3 per week for each child attending. This can be paid weekly or in advance, whichever is easier for you.
All pupils will bring a letter home. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
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 recycling empty crisp packets, pens, batteries and dental hygiene products, our whole school community has got involved!
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)
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.