News and Events
Head Teacher’s News - October 2023
Dear parents and careers,
I would firstly like to thank parents and carers for your patience at the beginning of term when issues beyond our control resulted in a delay to the term. As you know, on the first day of term we realised we had lost electricity, and this resulted in students returning to school two days later than planned. We are still waiting for the investigation by the electricity board to complete to help us understand why the issue happened, and whether there is anything that could be done to prevent a repeat.
Students returned successfully to school, joining their new classes. We welcomed new pupils into years 7 and 12 all of whom have managed their transition to a new school well this year. We are delighted to welcome them and their families to Oaklands.
Parents should have been given the opportunity to join new department WhatsApp groups which will keep you up to date with developments and events in School, and enable you to communicate with the families of the other young people in your child’s class and department. If you have not already signed up and would like to do so, please contact the Assistant Head in charge of your child’s department.
I told you last term that this term is my last as Head Teacher at Oaklands. I am now delighted to let you know that Mairead Standring, who is currently the Head of School for High Oaks secondary school, has been appointed as Acting Head Teacher for the Spring and Summer terms. I am very confident that Mairead will lead the School in its next phase.
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to take on the role of Acting Head Teacher from January 2024.
I will be starting my 22nd year at Oaklands in January and have seen many changes during that time. I have seen Oaklands grow from a very small secondary school for 50 students to the school we are now, providing education to 252 children from the ages of 4 – 19 years.
I will continue to work with the staff at Oaklands to provide your children with the best possible school experience whilst ensuring that our school values remain at the heart of everything we do.
I look forward to continuing to work with you all.