Head Teachers Welcome

Welcome to Great Oaks Small School, my name is Julie-Anne Kelly, you and your child can call me Julie; I am the Head Teacher of the school.  I understand the choice of an Independent school is a critical one, especially when looking for a provision to meet the unique needs of your child. Great Oaks Small School recognises, more than most, the challenges many students struggle with in mainstream education, which is why we build from our roots upon five core values:


Our Mission is to:


Whilst the Local Authority plays a lead role, Safeguarding children and protecting them from harm, the message we promote at Great Oaks is that it is everyone’s responsibility. No single person working with children can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances and, if children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.


Embracing Difference encompasses safeguarding, as we all appreciate the richness of difference that we have in our school community and in our surrounding towns. It is only by actively embracing difference that Great Oaks can create a community where diversity and inclusion are appreciated: we teach our students to be good citizens with a valued place in society.


It is once students feel safe and are able to embrace difference that they are ready to learn and reach their full potential. Our students’ potential is unlocked through the participation in the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology’s (INPP’s) Neuro-Developmental movement programme: www.inpp.org.uk


It is not uncommon for our students to perceive their previous educational experiences as troublesome, leaving them feeling and believing they are worthless citizens. Due to their extreme emotional states, some of our students find themselves withdrawn from society and unable to engage in everyday normal experiences. It is therefore, of utmost importance that our students’ transitions into Great Oaks Small School, is managed at the individual pace of each child. It is then by following our, mission statement along with the clear direction of our vision that we are able to move our students forward, watching them, over-time, create their own high aspirations and reach their goals.


Our vision is based on Maslow hierarchy of needs:


All our students, with their needs met, will be able to learn and move up the hierarchy of needs to self-actualisation. These goals may not be met in a student’s time at Great Oaks, however every student will know the targets they need to achieve and will continue to strive for these as they move on into employment, further or higher education.


I am pleased to tell you that I am an INPP licenced practitioner and therefore able to support your child on the Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) programme, mentioned above. This treatment programme is completely drug-free and non-invasive which can help children with specific learning difficulties and anxiety problems. It addresses the problems that occur as a result of impairment of the developing central nervous system that affects the individual’s sensory-motor, cognitive, perceptual, social and emotional development. Neuro-Developmental Treatment can be successful for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), social communication impairment, high anxieties and learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and attention deficits.


We are a team of highly committed teachers and support staff, working in partnership with students, trustees, staff, parents and carers to provide the best possible educational experience, following our vision and laying firm foundations for our students´ successful futures.

 

We are a happy and caring community which believes in traditional values, and we are very proud of everyone who plays their part in it.  Our students leave Great Oaks as well rounded well-grounded adults keen to take their place in society. 

 

I hope you enjoy looking at our website, but it is no substitute for a visit to our school which can be arranged through the school office. Come and meet us and see the passion our team have for what we do and for our students’ achievements.