Surrey, United Kingdom
About Oakwood School
Oakwood School is a mixed, comprehensive, non-denominational secondary for students aged 11-16, situated in Horley, Surrey. It is a community state school with a governing body of local volunteers, including parents and teachers. The school's capacity is 1,500 pupils.
Oakwood opened in 1989, the result of a merger between Court Lodge Comprehensive and Horley Comprehensive.
Values and vision
Oakwood School has the motto “Achieving excellence together”, which is reflected in a teaching and learning programme that builds self-esteem and academic prowess, helping students become positive members of society. Respect is at the heart of the school ethos. Challenge, courtesy, communication, community, consistency, clarity and collegiality are defined as the principle school values. Cooperation with the wider community reinforces these values.
Oakwood has had some of the fastest-improving GCSE results in the UK and has been awarded Arts Council England’s Artsmark for its strong commitment to the arts in many forms. A sports centre contains halls for many different activities.
“School leaders, working closely with the governing body, have succeeded in accelerating the improvements in students’ achievement and behaviour and in the quality of teaching. Students make good progress from their starting points to gain results at GCSE which are now above the national average. Teaching is consistently good and, at its best, is stimulating and highly successful in engaging students’ interest and enabling them to make rapid gains in their learning.”