Oakfield is a country house built in the 1880s, set in eight acres of beautiful parkland.
We are an independent school catering for autistic children aged between 4-12 who may have a range of additional needs.
We also provide a unique provision for autistic children and those with complex needs in a purpose-built facility attached to the school called The Willows.
Our pupils are divided into six small classes located in our main school building, The Willows and The Pod.
We view each child as a true individual 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 have substantial experience and qualification, ensuring each of our pupils receives the very best support available regardless of their particular difficulty or condition.
Our staff are committed to best practice and the wellbeing of our pupils 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 situated between Blackpool and Preston in Salwick near Kirkham. The school is easily accessible from the M6, M55 and the M65. Our pupils come from various towns in the surrounding areas including Blackpool, Fleetwood, Lytham, Preston, Lancaster, Chorley, Wigan and Blackburn with Darwen.
Ethos and Values
We work to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We listen to pupil voice and promote individuals’ aspirations through sessions with the Personal Development Co-ordinator. We develop targets for each individual pupil towards their aspirations and considering how school can support the pupil and what targets they need to meet to achieve their goal. We have been using Youth voice to identify what in school can be better for each pupil and develop plans to successfully enhance pupils experience in school.
We embed British values into our curriculum through assemblies, PHSE, RE and Topic lessons. We deliver super learning days to ensure full coverage.
It is our ultimate aim to show the children that learning can be fun and exciting and to understand that learning is essential to their adult life. In order to demonstrate this, we include many different teaching styles, strategies and techniques into our daily lessons. This is to ensure every opportunity is exhausted in providing the children with a variety of varied learning experiences.
We seek to make a difference by creating a high quality nurturing, caring and calm child centred environment where children can grow and develop into confident and successful learners, celebrate diversity and become responsible citizens of the future.
Our curriculum encourages real progress in basic skills that are the foundation to all further achievement. Children have individual targets set for them that stretch and encourage academic development.
We believe that within a nurturing environment, positively supporting children to make changes within their life can lead to making a big difference to their own future, their community and the world. Our children are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their own behaviour and act in a responsible way towards others.
Our school is warm, supportive and friendly in our approach to working with our children. We have many opportunities to access the local community and encourage the children to go on lots of trips and visits to local amenities such as the theatre, cinema, bowling and nature walks. Once a year we have our weeklong residential trip to the Lake District where the children can go caving, climbing, canoeing, orienteering and a host of other outdoor pursuits are on offer for them to try.
In school, all our food is all home cooked on the premises. Therefore, we serve wholesome and healthy food that is sourced locally and freshly cooked each day to provide a balanced and nutritious diet without artificial additions. There is always lots of variety to choose from and a daily vegetarian option is always available.