Oak Wood School

Message from the Headteacher

I am proud to be the Headteacher of Oak Wood School and to share with you our successes and the pride we have in our pupils. We are a school of high expectations, high ambition and a place where all pupils can make exceptional progress.

Oak Wood School is a truly inclusive mixed, multi-ethnic 11-18 school that embraces all aspects of comprehensive education. The curriculum is well balanced and reflects the needs of all our pupils and the local community in that we cater for academic and vocational subjects.

At Oak Wood School we value the achievements of every pupil no matter what their abilities or talents. Young people are at the heart of all that we do. We are a truly comprehensive school and celebrate our diversity. Our high expectations of every pupil, and a caring, respectful and supportive core ethos – we dream, we learn, we grow – propels us constantly to advocate that pupils are not limited in their choices.

As Headteacher, I’m extremely proud of our pupils. They are confident, articulate and thoughtful pupils who continually impress me with their talents and energy. We regularly celebrate the many and varied successes of individuals and groups and are proud of our inclusive approach. It goes without saying that we want every pupil who joins us to develop into a successful young adult, but we also want to empower them to determine what success looks like for themselves.

What is right for one is not necessarily right for another. It is important that each child has the chance to forge their own pathway, both while they are with us and beyond.

The school is located on a large, open site with extensive playing fields. The new main school building was opened in early 2018 and is a state-of-the-art three storey building including a high specification Sixth Form provision, with a multi-purpose sports hall next to it. The new facilities and technology enable our staff to employ diverse, effective methods of education and administration and allow us collectively to perform at our best. Oak Wood School is at the cutting edge of education in this country.

Daniel Cowling
Headteacher