The Oaks Infant School can be found on the outskirts of Sittingbourne, Kent.
We are a three-form entry school with 9 classes for 270 children in years R, 1 and 2 plus 52 part-time Nursery places.
We are very fortunate to have a specialist unit attached to our school, called The Acorn Centre. The Infant Class of the centre caters for children with a Statement of Special Educational Need specifically for Speech and Language problems. The children from the unit integrate as much as possible into the main school and we are looking at ways to improve this even further.
The school itself dates back to 1969. The school is set in attractive grounds with many mature trees which attract an abundance of wildlife. We are able to use the school grounds to take learning out into the environment providing a broad and enriching experience for the children. The large classrooms are well lit and each leads directly to the outside - though the doors can only be opened from the inside.
Inside we have a well-stocked library where all the children in the main school have two sessions a week with our Librarian Teaching Assistant. We are lucky enough to have two playgrounds, one for use by Foundation Stage children and the other for Key Stage 1 children. These are due for further development and will soon have more activities for the children to enjoy.
Much time and effort has been spent in ensuring that our curriculum reflects the needs of the children and will be under review again in preparation for the introduction of a more creative curriculum. We are committed to ensuring everyone working in school, both staff and children, has the necessary resources work effectively. The teaching staff work together to plan exciting and meaningful learning for the children and the children use these opportunities well.
We have a leadership team in school made up of Year group leaders, Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher that ensures everyone works towards a common goal. We also have an excellent team of Teaching Assistants who support the children and teaching staff to provide the best possible education. The Higher Level Teaching Assistants regularly teach small groups for intervention work as well as supervising classes during teachers’ PPA time. To all of these we can also add a very supportive but challenging governing body.
Please click here for our latest Ofsted inspection report.