Welcome to Oakleigh School and The Early Years Centre
"Welcome to our website which we hope you will find useful, we will endeavour to show you why we think Oakleigh School is so special and some of the work we do here."
Jenny Gridley - Headteacher at Oakleigh School, Barnet
Oakleigh School caters for children aged 2 – 11 years who have severe and complex learning difficulties. Some of the children have profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) including sensory or physical needs. Other children have autism spectrum conditions (ASC) and severe learning difficulties (SLD) or PMLD.
Jenny - Secondment Update...
Jenny back at Oakleigh two days a week!
Ongoing since last September, Jenny continues to be on secondment to the Local Authority to lead the Specialist Teaching Team, however this has now been reduced to three days a week with two days back at Oakleigh. This will continue until September 2016.
During this time, Ruth Harding (pictured opposite) will be acting up as Head Teacher when Jenny is not on-site.
Tesco Bags of Help Initiative
Oakleigh School has entered a competition as part of the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, and have been shortlisted to win a prize between £8000-£12000!
We are trying to develop our outdoor play facilities for the younger children to ensure year round outdoor play experiences.
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
Chickenshed Theatre Puppet Show
During the Summer holiays, Chickenshed Theatre brought their exuberant puppet show 'Tales from the Shed’ to Oakleigh.
Travels to our Partnership school in Zambia
I was lucky enough to get funding for our Partnership project, and in July set off to meet up with all our friends in Zambia. It was great to see that they have changed their name to 'Choongo Inclusive School' , which really reflects the spirit of their inclusive practice.
Barnet SEND Annual Conference
The Conference will take place on Thursday 29 September 2016 at Ariana Banqueting Hall, North London Business Park, New Southgate, N11 1GN. Places are free, but limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
New School Minibus!
We are very excited and delighted to announce that we have the funding in place for The Lord Taverners, the charity who is part funding the minibus, to be able to place the order.
We are committed to providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum set within the framework of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage through which children’s individual learning needs are met.
We place great importance on teaching our children those skills needed for maximum independence and quality of life in their future years by providing stimulating and challenging curriculum experiences to which each child has full access.
We consider every child as an individual and as unique, and plan for him or her accordingly. All aspects of the curriculum promote equal access for all pupils whilst considering gender, ethnicity, special needs, social circumstances, age, cultural and religious beliefs.
We actively celebrate the many different cultures, languages and festivals represented by the pupils and staff at Oakleigh School. We also pay particular attention to any individual needs concerning diet and collective worship. Multiculturalism is part of the fabric of Oakleigh.