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 on Secondment !
From the end of September 2015, Jenny Gridley is going to be taking up a secondment to the Local Authority to lead the Specialist Teaching Team.
We are proud that her skills are recognised within the Local Authority to such an extent that they want to borrow her! We aren’t sure exactly how long she will be away, but it is likely to be a few months.
During this time, Ruth Harding (pictured opposite) will be acting up as Head Teacher.
The Early Years Centre
The Early Years Centre (EYC) provides a range of services for children aged 0 - 5 with a range of special educational needs and it is based on the site of Oakleigh School. The children and staff have full access to the extensive range of facilities on the site. The Early Years Centre and Oakleigh School are organised separately and the children who come under the EYC go on to a wide range of educational provision when they are five.
The EYC has five departments, each meeting the needs of pre-school children with special educational needs in a different way.
Activities and Services
There are a number of local Activities and Services available that may be of interest to Parents and Carers of Oakleigh School children.
We will endeavour to keep you aware of these and if there any that you know of that isn't listed here please use our enquiry form to tell us about them.
Upcoming Events & Activities
YASS! & pp4danBarnet Introduction to Horseriding
Places are limited and will be subject to a checking procedure. First come first served. Cost £5 each. Families are responsible for their own children.
11:30am – 12 noon Saturday 14 May 2016. Venue to be confirmed once places are confirmed.
Daytrippers to Whipsnade Zoo - Special Children’s Day
Special Children's Day is a unique annual event at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo welcoming children with special needs and their families and friends. With increased specialist facilities and number of staff, as well as special interactive events and discounted entry, Special Children's Day is an exciting and exceptional event not to be missed.
Tickets cost: child £9, adult £13.25, under age 3 free, Carer free.
Saturday 18th June 2016
Book Now at: https://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo/whats-on/special-childrens-day
Rainbow Class visit Mosque
This week Rainbow Class visited a local Mosque.We had a great time and were made to feel very welcome.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2016
Some parents sent in dishes they had made at home and some came into school to do some cooking in the classrooms.
Bamboozle Theatre Company back at Oakleigh!
After our funding application to the Foyle Foundation was successful we were able to bring Bamboozle Theatre Company to do a week long residency (w/c 9th November) with Pine, Cedar, Blue, Green and Red classes.
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.