At Oakfield pastoral care is very important to all who work within our community. Oakfield is renowned for its positive approach and vibrant atmosphere. Every child is made to feel valued and all pupils, teachers and parents share in belonging to the Oakfield family.
Almost all members of the teaching staff are Class Teachers and this is a major part of their professional role.
Parents are encouraged to make the Class Teacher the first port-of-call in any enquiry about academic matters, and communications on pastoral matters are encouraged either through formal appointments or informal meetings at the start and end of the day. The School Calendar and email are vital communication tools between home and school.
A Class Teacher’s role varies according to the year group, but all are responsible for managing the overall development of their Class and maintain close contact with Senior Staff. Class Teachers deliver our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education programme and also encourage all pupils to make the most of their time at Oakfield to ensure that their talents are developed to the full. Senior Pupils are given roles and responsibilities so that they feel valuable members of the community and are coached to be role models to which younger children will aspire.
Encouraging Oakfield children are expected to be well mannered and courteous in their dealings with other members of the School, with members of staff and in the wider community. In short, a sense of responsibility to others is encouraged so that these values are instilled in the children and become part of their future success.
The nurture of positive behaviour is a necessary part of the provision we make at Oakfield so that we can create and maintain a vibrant and orderly working environment in which all members of the community feel safe and secure and share our strong moral values.
At Oakfield we:
- foster positive, caring attitudes towards everyone where achievements at all levels are valued
- encourage independence and self discipline so that all children learn to accept responsibility for their own behaviour
- have a consistent approach to behaviour throughout the school with parental co-operation and involvement
- aim to raise children’s self esteem and foster a highly motivated environment throughout the school.
Commitment of Senior Staff
All Oakfield staff are committed to developing the whole child, with all their idiosyncrasies as they develop interpersonal skills alongside their academic abilities.
The Principal and Head of Pre Prep are very much part of the pastoral team at Oakfield and parents are most welcome to come and discuss both academic and pastoral matters. They meet with staff, both formally and informally, on a regular basis so that they are kept fully informed about all areas of development.
‘Line up’ is a long-established Oakfield tradition where children in all parts of the school greet the Principal with a cheery ‘good morning’ or 'good afternoon'. The Senior Leadership Team go the extra mile to really support families at Oakfield - for many this is a great strength of the school and one that we particularly enjoy!