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."
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.
Space 2 Be Me
Space 2 Be Me was set up in 2011 by a group of parents to support families in Maidstone with disabled children who wanted to access local advice and support.
Space 2 Be Me continues to be a parent led charity; the majority of their Trustees are parents of children with disabilities.
They provide activities and services that children, teenagers and their parents & carers tell us they need.
For more information please go to their website:
Imago Community - Kent Young Carers
Imago has secured the contract to deliver services for Kent Young Carers for a further 3 years from May 2022. They will be delivering services in all 12 Kent districts to an ever-growing number of Young Carers. They will be:-