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.
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)
After School Clubs
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
Please be aware that due to Covid, we are only currently running After School Clubs in Phase 2 (Thursday evenings 3.30pm-5pm) & Phase 3 (Tuesday evenings 3.30-5pm) Hubs. We ask for a contribution of £2 per child, each week, to go towards the cost of refreshments and staffing. Parents and carers need to collect their children at 5pm.
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.