Interim Head of School Update – Friday 26th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Update! It’s been another very busy week in the life of Oakwood, where we opened three new ‘bubbles’ and welcomed other pupils back to school – ‘Well done’ to those pupils who were issued with their ‘Bubble Certificate’ this week. We have shaded ourselves from some very warm weather but all of the children have worked really hard this week on their learning, and had lots of fun doing so. Thank you to all of our pupils for their enthusiasm, politeness and focus! It really is a pleasure meeting pupils and their families at the start and end of the school day – an absolute highlight for me!  As we move, increasingly quickly, towards the end of term, I will shortly be sharing our classroom structure for the next academic year.

I thought I would share some of the things that have taken place in school this week. In Reception, pupils have been writing sentences, using their phonics knowledge, taken part in a texture hunt and made their own ‘natural kebabs’, repeating patterns. In Year 1, pupils have been observing very carefully whilst painting their own still-life flower vases, re-telling stories and enjoying their favourite picture books, whilst pupils in Year 6 have been learning to solve squared-number Maths problems, producing some incredible writing and taking the opportunity to complete their learning activities outside. All of our photographs from the week can be found on our Facebook page.

Children continue to bring their quotes about their school day with me, so I’m more than happy to share these with you. This week, some thoughts from our pupils in Year 1…

‘I’ve enjoyed seeing my friends and everything else. I have liked the missing number problems.’ (Brenin)

‘I’m happy to see my friends and teachers and writing poetry.’ (Louie)

‘I’ve enjoyed seeing my teachers and solving missing number problems. I have enjoyed growing plants.’ (Corey)

‘It has been good to learn about the Wombat.’ (Josh)

‘I have liked Maths; every day I think I’m a genius – we are learning about money and missing numbers.’ (Emma)

‘It has been good to play with my friends, Science is good because I enjoyed planning flowers.’ (Lexi)

‘I have liked Maths.’ (Asia)

‘I’m glad I have so many merits and being at school. I like Maths – we have been doing number problems.’ (Reggie)

“I liked painting the flowers with the water-colours.” (Angie)

“I liked painting the red flowers. I’m proud of my painting.” (Freddie)

“I enjoyed making a treasure box to put our goals and dream coins into.” (Elsie-May)

“I loved making a story map of the ‘Diary of a Wombat’.” (Isla)

“I painted sweetpeas with paints. The pictures are hanging in the classroom.” (Kate)

“I am enjoying the ‘Diary of a Wombat’ book.” (Rubi)

“I liked painting and planting. I also liked counting the coins in Maths.” (Joe)

“I enjoyed learning about Wombats; they like to dig holes.” (Riley)


I hope you have had the opportunity to read this week’s letters from Mr McCarthy, CEO of AAT. The outcome from the Ofsted inspection report is disappointing, and not the judgement that anyone would have wanted for the school and community, and the time to begin improving the school starts now. I hope you will be reassured with the plans that we have in place to help get the school to where it deserves to be. I will continue to be at the school gates, at the start and end of the school day, so please come and talk to me about your thoughts on the school – I am still learning about it and I would love to know what you think needs to be done to help the school to improve.

Finally, I’m sure you will join me in wishing Mrs Foyle well for the future. I have known and worked with Mrs Foyle for many years, and have always respected her professionalism and dedication to the school – she always spoke very highly of the Oakwood community and I know that she will missed.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very safe and enjoyable weekend.

With my best wishes,

Mr R. Laker
Interim Head of School