Back To School

For more details on how we are preparing for a safe return to school this September, read our Back to School Guide.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Oxford House and I am delighted that you have decided to discover more about our wonderful school.

Working in this beautiful Victorian house my staff and I wish for every pupil to discover ‘Joy in achievement’. To fulfil their potential and leave the school as confident, independent, numerate, literate and well-rounded individuals.

We provide an outstanding curriculum which inspires and promotes success both academically and creatively, allowing our pupils to experience a window of opportunities. The small class sizes enable my dedicated staff to channel and differentiate accordingly to each pupil. We are an academic school following the Montessori sensorial method of learning. We are proud of all our pupils and celebrate in their achievements, many of whom go on to our local grammar schools.

Oxford House achieves a happy, safe and secure environment for your sons and daughters to learn and develop whether they arrive as mere toddlers or join us later, we are confident Oxford House will provide a secure foundation for their growing success.

At present, although we are not in school our education programme continues through our online learning provision.  We know that nothing can replace actually being in school, and being taught and cared for in person, but we hope that our children will continue to love learning and be challenged as they experience a new age of learning.

We are currently in such unusual and unprecedented times, which can be extremely unsettling for our children. As well as prioritising their physical health as we remain at home, we also need to be looking after their mental health and wellbeing, keeping a sense of normality and daily routine, whilst providing opportunities for them to flourish.  The pupils will receive regular wellbeing sessions in small groups with their Form Teacher and pupils receiving SEND or pastoral support will continue to benefit from these scheduled sessions.

The coming weeks will undoubtedly contain many new challenges, but we are sure that, by working together as a school community, our children will have structure, as well as the time to be creative and pursue more open-ended activities, maintaining a happy balance between academic work and play.  The suggested timetables allow families to have the flexibility and adapt and adopt a routine which suits their own individual circumstances, this is even more paramount for our younger pupils who require additional support and guidance.

I would like to say thank you to everyone for supporting families and staff within our school community, your positivity and trust in the school is overwhelming and greatly appreciated. It is crucial we work and solve problems together and remain united during these unprecedented times and to consider the wider impact COVID-19 is having on our families.  My condolences and sympathy reach out to our families who have sadly lost grandparents and loved ones to COVID-19, please reach out if we can support you in any way.  Pupils who have experienced bereavement will automatically receive pastoral support from Mr Wood and Mrs Hearn.

I look forward to returning to school and our traditional routines in the forthcoming weeks but whilst we are apart, I will share weekly updates with you via a short video. I know we will not get everything right, but we will keep improving all the time. This is not a situation we could have anticipated, but by keeping in open communication, and focusing on what is best for our pupils, I believe we can look back at the end of the year and feel we faced the challenge well and together, in line with our values.

Kind Regards,

Sarah Leyshon

01206 576 686