Welcome to Oakfield House School
Oakfield House School is situated between Blackpool and Preston in Salwick near Kirkham. Oakfield is a country house set in eight acres of beautiful parkland and dates from the 1880’s. The school is easily accessible from the M6, M55 and the M65. The pupils attending our school come from various towns in the surrounding areas including Blackpool, Fleetwood, Lytham, Preston, Lancaster, Chorley, Wigan and Blackburn with Darwen.
Oakfield House School was opened in September 1998 and is registered for 42 boys and girls aged 5 to 12 years. The pupils in our school have a range of educational needs including emotional, social and Mental Health difficulties which have made it hard for them to cope with mainstream primary schooling. We are also able to provide a unique provision for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and children with complex needs in a purpose built facility attached to the school.
Currently pupils are divided into six classes; Sycamore, Oaks, and Birch are located in the main school building; Maple and Willow are in a separate building whilst Acorn class is located in the recently built facility: The Pod .
Oakfield House School has been judged as Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. The inspectors found:
- Pupils who have been excluded from their previous schools, or have not attended for significant periods of time, enjoy school and are keen to attend. Their attendance shows excellent improvement.
- Pupils make outstanding progress in their learning once they have settled into the expectations and routines of the school. This includes the development of their literacy and numeracy skills.
- Learning support assistants are making an increasing contribution to the quality of pupils’ learning although the impact of their work is yet to be maximised.
- The school provides a safe and welcoming environment in which pupils with complex emotional and social difficulties learn how to manage their frustrations and anxiety effectively. Over time, they demonstrate outstanding improvements in their behaviour.
- School leaders and staff work very effectively together to ensure that pupils are safe and secure in school.
- Parents, carers and placing authorities express consistently positive views about the impact of the school on pupils’ personal development, behaviour and achievement.
- The outstanding leadership and management ensures that staff share a common vision and work as a highly effective team.
- Senior leaders have established rigorous arrangements for checking the quality of all aspects of the school’s provision. They have a thorough and accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for further improvement. The level of pupils’ work is not yet compared fully against nationally expected standards.
- Senior leaders have ensured continuous improvement since the previous inspection. As a result, the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement are outstanding.
- The proprietors and senior staff have ensured that all the independent school standards are met.
We view each child as a true ‘individual’ and as a person with their own strengths, aspirations, interests and areas that they need to personally develop. We work hard to maintain a ‘family atmosphere’ at school where an ethos and culture of valuing and mutual respect is evident. Our staff team’s substantial experience and qualifications should enable you to feel confident that your child is receiving the very best support available regardless of their particular difficulty or condition.
Oakfield House School staff are committed to best practice and the well-being of your child is paramount. Our experience shows us that working together with families and other professionals brings about the best progress for each child.
Oakfield House School is set in 8 acres of landscape gardens that include our own woodland trails through our orchards and vegetable patches. The pupils enjoy exploring the mini beast and wildlife that grows within our pond and wooded areas. This links nicely with our forest school approach. We are currently developing our own Forest School with 2 fully trained forest school leaders on site. This will allow us to offer the children opportunities to develop a range of skills using our grounds, including tool use, plant identification and den building. All the activities will be designed to help the learners develop their resilience while taking calculated risks in a safe environment. We also have an outdoor sports area, a multi-use games area (MUGA) and outdoor play equipment.
The interior of Oakfield has all the character of an imposing country house comprising of a grand staircase and spacious rooms. We have six large classrooms and all have extensive views over the landscape gardens and nearby fields. The pupils thoroughly enjoy the welcoming Reading Room where they are nurtured to recognise and reach their full reading potential.
We have a Pupil Support room were pupils feel secure to explore their emotions and build resilience within a safe environment. An experienced and dedicated team delivers a therapeutic and trauma informed approach. This in turn scaffolds the pupils to engage in creative experiences. We have a purpose built therapy room for 1:1 direct therapy to take place.
The interior of Oakfield has all the character of an imposing country house with grand staircase and large and spacious rooms. We have six large classrooms and all have extensive views over the landscaped gardens and nearby fields.
‘The Willows’ at Oakfield House School is our dedicated discrete attached facility that has been developed and fully resourced for children on the autistic spectrum and those with complex needs. This unit has dedicated staff and intensive therapeutic input. Oakfield House School is ideally located to take advantage of local sports centres, swimming pools and leisure facilities.