Oakley School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school

Pembury Road
Tunbridge Wells
2 - 18
Community special school
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School Description

Oakley is much larger than the average special school and is located on two sites. The primary and secondary schools are seven miles apart. The school is a local area provision for pupils with a variety of difficulties. The vast majority have moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, autism or speech and language communication disorder. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. There are twice as many secondary-aged pupils as there are pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2. Two thirds of all pupils are boys. There are a small number of children in Reception and all of them attend full time. Pupils come from a range of different ethnic backgrounds. Over half of the pupils are from White British backgrounds. The school receives pupil premium funding for almost a third of its pupils, which is higher than the national average. Pupil premium is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for the very small number of children who are looked after by the local authority. The school also receives additional physical education and sport funding for primary-aged pupils. The school’s senior leadership team has changed since the school was previously inspected. A new deputy headteacher was appointed in January 2014, and one of the two assistant headteachers has recently been seconded from another local special school until the end of the summer term 2015. Seven members of staff have a middle management responsibility, such as leading a key stage or being responsible for English or mathematics throughout the school. Five of these took up post in the autumn of 2013 and two of them as new appointments to the school. A local authority officer carried out a review of governance after the last inspection. The vast majority of the governing body were governors at the time of that inspection, although a new Chair has been appointed. Groups of pupils attend other establishments regularly for part of their education. The most notable of these are West Kent College, Hadlow College and Stone Ness (land-based studies). Other partners provide work-related learning courses on the school site, such as J and S Opening Doors which is a community interest company that runs an enterprise project. The school receives termly visits from the local authority’s school improvement partner. As the school was judged as requiring improvement in its last inspection report, Ofsted carried out three monitoring inspections between July 2013 and April 2014.

Oakley School Catchment Area Map

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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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