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An art room full of warm colour and joy: creations fly from the ceilings, a wall is covered in sunflower paintings, and bright papier mâché elephants pose at the far end. School council asked for and received a basket swing - ‘everyone is so happy in it’. They reel off lists of people they could talk to about problems, from own friends to at least five different adults. The gym is a painted a warm yellow (it makes the thought of inside exercise immediately more appealing)...

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Set in over 160 acres of stunning grounds, Oakwood is a child-centred school, offering children a well-rounded education, full of opportunities. We aim to inspire a lifelong love of learning as well as an enthusiasm for cultural and sporting activities. Encouragement and the celebration of achievement are at the heart of everything we do.

From 2 to 11, our children learn in a wonderfully safe and spacious environment with extensive facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, theatre, library and dining room. The school has a family atmosphere, with a strong sense of community. This warm but disciplined approach encourages the development of individual personality, and the passions and strengths of each child are discovered and nurtured.

We aim to produce happy, well-balanced children who enjoy coming to school to experience a broad curriculum. We hope that you will come and see the school in action so that you can experience the warmth and spirit of Oakwood for yourself.
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Since 2015, Clare Bradbury BA (psychology, Lancaster), who spent several years teaching abroad, before an 18 year stint at Westbourne House, the last four years as deputy head. Married to John, with two sons now at senior school.

Energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated, this head is passionate about primary education, and invests in both children and teachers; a child described her as ‘mak[ing] the school the best it can be so everyone is happy inside it’. The children say the head is ‘really nice…really kind and really congratulates you when you get a credit’, although ‘…when she needs to, she has a moan in assembly to make things better’.

Last Christmas, the head opened Oakwood for lunch for those who would otherwise be alone. ‘It wasn’t difficult, we’re used...

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