Oakleigh School Front Entrance

Oakleigh school day

We operate in school terms, like all other schools. A list of holiday and other school closure dates can be found on the home page.

The children attend school from 9.10 am to 3.20 pm. Contact with staff can generally be made between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm.

Oakleigh is a community special school maintained by the London Borough of Barnet. Barnet has an excellent reputation for its educational standards. Contact can be made with the London Borough of Barnet at:

North London Business Park
Oakleigh Road South
London N11 1NP
020 8359 2000


Oakleigh receives an annual budget from Barnet out of which all expenditure including staffing, supplies such as teaching equipment, and services such as gas, phones and grounds maintenance etc. are met. The Parent Staff Association also raises funds for the school, and other organisations make generous donations to the school from time to time.

Visiting the School

Whether you are a parent/carer of a child with special needs, a professional in the field, a tutor seeking a work placement for a student or a prospective volunteer, you are welcome. All you have to do is contact the school to make an appointment. The Headteacher generally sees prospective parents / carers, and one of the Assistant Heads sees most professionals, students and volunteers.

How do I get there?

Totteridge & Whetstone (Northern Line), Arnos Grove (Piccadilly Line), New Southgate and Oakleigh Park (British Rail) are all 1–2 miles away. The 34 and 251 buses pass the school. There is very limited car parking space available, Parents/carers bringing children are likely to be accommodated in the car park. Others can park in the area surrounding the school. On arrival please report to the Reception in the entrance hall. Please see contact page for full location details.

Oakleigh can take the equivalent of 50 full time children. Until children are five years old, they do not need to attend full time. Arrangements for the amount of time that a child is in school until they are five is negotiated between the parent/carer and the school staff.

The Parent Staff Association

This group of parents/carers, staff and friends of Oakleigh organises several social occasions during the year, most of which raise funds to help provide extra resources for the school. We hope that as many parents/carers as possible will attend these, together with their friends and families, to support us.

The Governing Body

The Governing Body has overall responsibility for the school and all that happens within it. The full Governing Body meets at least termly, and some of its committees more frequently than that. Parents/carers and staff representatives are elected onto the Governing Body, whilst other members are appointed by Barnet, or co-opted. A full list of members of the Governing Body can be supplied, and policy documents relating to many different aspects of our work are available at the school. Ask if you want more information.

The Staff Team

Oakleigh has a large staff team comprising teachers, learning support assistants, mealtime supervisors, caretaker, administrative staff and technician who are fully supported by a range of other professionals. There is provision for speech and language therapy and occupational therapy as well as physiotherapy. We also have music and drama/movement therapists; regular visits are made by the Educational Psychologist and teachers of the sensory-impaired. We have a school nurse on site, and are in close contact with the community paediatricians.

All the staff work together as a team, each one bringing his/her own particular expertise to create an integrated approach to the education and welfare of the children. The staff are well trained and have the expertise required to meet the children’s needs. We have two qualified regional tutors for Makaton signing on our staff, who provide informal and certified training for our school staff, families and other professionals.

The Early Years Centre

This is separate to Oakleigh School, but under the same management and in the same building. It caters for children from 0 – 5 years with a wide range of special needs, and is the subject of a separate information pack. [More Info...]

How are children admitted?

A child is admitted to Oakleigh only if it is agreed that the curriculum and resources are appropriate to his/her special needs. The Children’s Service Complex Needs Panel, along with Parents/carers, makes the decision as to whether Oakleigh is the right provision. Parents/carers are always fully involved in decision making, and children are sometimes admitted for assessment with an initial review after six months.