Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
About Oakgrove School
Oakgrove School is a modern and innovative place to learn; it has been purpose-built in four phases with a state-of-the-art design. It was graded as an outstanding school by Ofsted in May 2013.
Following the opening of our Primary School and Nursery in September 2016, Oakgrove School became the first “All-Through” school in Milton Keynes accomodating 35 children in Nursery, 60 in Foundation and Year 1 and 30 in Year 2-5, with the exception of Year 3 which this year has 60 children. At full capacity, Oakgrove Primary and Nursery will accommodate up to 630 pupils.
At the Secondary School we have 300 students in Year 7, 8 and 9 and 240 students in Yr 10 and 11. We also have 210 students in our growing Sixth Form. We are now an 3-18 academy, currently standing at 1900 students, and will continue to grow in size over the coming years.
We are fortunate to have excellent sporting, arts and community facilities combined with the latest ICT and communications infrastructure to support students' learning. We believe we are a school which places learning at the centre of its work.
What are we about?
We place a strong emphasis on high standards, high expectations and good behaviour. We value the importance of extra-curricular activities whether sporting, musical or artistic and performance-based.
Oakgrove School is a mixture of traditional values and very modern facilities. We are committed to working in partnership with parents, the community and other schools.
Oakgrove is a good school with many outstanding features. The outstanding leadership of the head teacher and the senior leadership team has enabled the school to make excellent progress and achieve a great deal since it opened in 2005. The head teacher, senior leaders and governors share a clear vision for the development of the school. The school motto 'Excellence, Innovation and Respect' is at the heart of all the school does. Over the years we have constantly evaluated and reviewed our school systems leading to improvements in standards, teaching and curriculum and the leadership team demonstrates outstanding capacity for future improvement.
Most students say they really enjoy coming to school where they feel very safe and well cared for. Several told inspectors that it was the best school they had been to. The school has a strong ethos of respect, which leads to outstanding behaviour in all aspects of school life. The school ethos is well understood by both students and staff and is supported by a structured system of rewards and sanctions. Attendance is good and the school continues to use well thought out strategies to deal with students who are regularly absent. The school is already very popular with parents and is oversubscribed.
From the very start, Oakgrove School has implemented an exemplary assessment and tracking system which has enabled very close monitoring of all students' progress in all subjects. The 'Targets for Learning' system is used to set realistic and challenging targets for all students and assessment data is very well used to monitor progress towards achieving those targets. Additional support is put in place quickly for those students identified at risk of underachieving, and to ensure that more able students are stretched to achieve their potential.
Assessment data is very well used by teachers in planning their lessons to meet the different needs of individual students and to target additional support where needed. Learning co-ordinators regularly observe teaching to monitor the progress of different groups of students, for example, those identified with behavioural issues, or those considered to be at risk of underachieving, and higher attaining students. They monitor how effectively subject teachers respond to the different needs of learners in their classes and enable them to share good practice.
A parent or carer commented, ‘The leadership at Oakgrove has enabled the school to remain true to its vision and created a centre of excellence. We are very proud that our children go to this school. ’Ofsted 2013.
Oakgrove School is a member of Kingsbridge Educational Trust.