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  • Oakfield House School
    Station Road
    PR4 0YH
  • Head: Ms Paula Kitching
  • T 01772 672630
  • F 01772 672631
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 12. Type of SEN provision: ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder; MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty; SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health; SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Lancashire
  • Pupils: 37; sixth formers: None
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The education ability is wide ranging – some children struggle to tell the time; another said he was using Siri to learn Japanese and his pronunciation sounded convincing.The outdoors permeates the school. There are empty hutches, testament to the rabbits that didn't survive, but three ducks hatched from eggs have fared better and are about to be released. There are eight acres where the children can run free and explore while indoors the classrooms overlook fields so children glancing out of the window will see a flock of sheep ...

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What the school says...

School caters for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and specific learning difficulties.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014 Paula Kitching, a graphic designer by training who started her career teaching graphics and art in a mainstream school. She was drawn to working with children who had behavioural issues, and moved to Oakfield House in 2004 as a teacher, later becoming SENCo and deputy head before taking over as head.

She lives in rural Lancashire up a farm track with her greyhound Eli who comes into school most days and acts as a reading dog and therapy dog, to calm down distressed children. Children confide in him, a role that suits him as he is quite happy to sit in the head's office all day, being as inactive as possible.

'Nurture' is a word Paula Kitching uses often. It is central to her approach and...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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