Oakfield House School rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted

During February and March 2018, the school was inspected by Ofsted and the team at Oakfield House is delighted with the Inspector’s judgements of ‘Outstanding in all Areas’.

Head of School, Paula Kitching said. “My team and I are so pleased with this outcome and I am delighted our hard work and commitment to making a difference has again been recognised in this way. We view each child as a true ‘individual’ with their own strengths; interests and areas that they need to personally develop. We work hard to maintain a ‘family atmosphere’ at school where an ethos and culture of valuing and mutual respect is evident. Our staff team’s substantial experience and qualifications should enable parents to feel confident their children are receiving the very best support available regardless of their particular difficulty or condition.”

In the report, the Inspectors made the following comments: “Oakfield House School is very purposeful and orderly. Staff have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of pupils’ academic, personal development and welfare needs. Excellent systems ensure that such needs are consistently well met in this safe and harmonious school”

“Pupils benefit from an outstanding curriculum which promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development exceptionally well. Pupils know that Britain is culturally diverse. They learn about the major world faiths, celebrate events such as Chinese New Year, and have visited various places of worship, including a mosque and Hindu temple. Pupils enjoy art and recently participated in a ‘super learning day’ in which they honed their creative skills through the medium of clay. Pupils engage in mask making, as they did when they hosted their own Mardi Gras, and like to play various instruments, including the djembe (African drums). Pupils relish their outdoor learning activities in various places including Beacon Fell, enjoy challenges, such as ‘bush tucker trials’, and fearlessly tackle the elements in Bear Grylls-style survivalist activities. They regularly visit museums, the theatre and local places of interest and are eager to engage in random acts of kindness.”

Iain Anderson, Group Chief Executive of NFA Group, owners of Acorn Care & Education said “I am extremely proud of Paula and the team at Oakfield House, their professional ability to consistently maintain an outstanding provision is testament to their passion and commitment to education. Reading their Ofsted report was a pleasure and a further indication of the high standards they have set themselves.”