We are proud to be partnering with KsENT. KsENT is a cooperative education partnership helping schools to deliver a world class education for all learners with special needs within Kent. As part of this partnership, we have agreed with 23 other special schools in Kent to work together to drive forward the education provision for special needs pupils in the county. This working partnership includes sharing of best practice, supporting each other with new innovations, training together, moderating of pupils' work and creating a new system to support to support pupil assessment and progress, as well as many other things. In working in this way we are able to ensure that we are providing the best possible opportunities for pupils within Oakley School as well as children and young people across Kent.
The Collaborative Learning Alliance of Special Schools. We are dedicated to providing ‘Excellence in Special Education across Kent’ via our unique network encompassing all of the 24 special schools throughout the county.
We joined Challenge Partners during 2018 to enable us to collaborate between schools and to support us in our continuous improvement. Challenge Partners' mission "is to improve pupils' outcomes and reduce educational inequality through effective collaboration, enabling every pupil to experience the combined wisdom of the education system."
Oakley College is an exciting new development in the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells district which opened in September 2018. The College caters for young people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities aged 19 to 25 and arose out of, but is different to, Oakley School.
West Kent Independent State School Partnership (ISSP)
We are delighted to share that Oakley School is a member of the West Kent ISSP. So far there are 8 schools who have joined the partnership: Beechwood Sacred Heart School, The Judd School, Kent College Pembury, The Malling School, Mascalls Academy, Oakley School, Skinners Kent Academy and Skinners School. We are working together, pooling our resources to create projects that will not only benefit pupils, but also enable our teachers to extend their professional development, free from curriculum constraints.
As the US educationist George Dei said, ‘Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists; it is making a better space for everyone.’ Together, the schools in and around Tunbridge Wells are now not only committed to achieving excellence for the pupils in their own care, but also to working together for the benefit of our combined community.
AXA is one of the largest insurance companies in the world and one or the biggest employers in the area. AXA take their corporate responsibility seriously by supporting local communities like Oakley School. Together, in partnership AXA and Oakley School are working towards long term mutually beneficial goals - increasing employability skills, pupil enrichment activities and practical volunteering initiatives. These programmes are rewarding for both pupils and AXA staff.
J&S Opening Doors offers an individualised service to help equip vulnerable adults who face challenges in their lives. Land-based projects are used as a vehicle to acquire the tools, skills and confidence people are likely to need to improve their life chances. They will be supported in achieving their aspirations and goals, increasing their chances of entering the world of work.
Please visit their website for further information: www.jandsopeningdoorscic.co.uk
Skills for Employment is working in partnership with schools and the education system to deliver practical construction courses for all abilities.
The City & Guilds courses have been carefully selected to deliver the knowledge and practical skills to help learners take their first steps into a career in construction.
Our construction program is unique, using the City & Guilds qualification structure as a framework for learning. Working in partnership with the construction industry, our courses deliver an 'employment led' learning environment, with a real focus on apprenticeships and job opportunities for the future.
Skills for Employment also offer work based learning placements, one day a week for our Key Stage 5 students. The students are treated like members of staff and are expected to follow a schedule of maintenance.
Please visit their website for further information: www.skillsforemployment.co.uk
Oakley School employs individuals participating in the Apprenticeship Scheme offered by Gillingham Football Club (GFC). Oakley has provided the opportunity for the participants to gain the skills required to be a Learning Support Assistant and further their careers as Sports Leaders/ Coaches.
Staff from GFC co-ordinate the programme and deliver the academic aspects of the course alongside liaising with schools to maintain the placements and searches throughout the south east for any schools who would benefit from this programme.
Please visit GFC's website below for further information: www.gillinghamfootballclub.com
As a fifth generation family business, we know how important families are and are committed to helping them thrive by making a positive difference in our communities today, tomorrow and everyday. That’s why our community investment philosophy is simple... "Families Matter".
We have been involved with our communities for many years but realise there is more we can do. Our strategy aims to ensure we support the local communities we serve while also bringing value to our people and our business.
Within this project Warbutons have run workshops on both Oakley sites, organised site visits and provided work hours to help with Oakley projects.