Headmaster's Welcome

Oakfield Preparatory School

Headmaster's Welcome

Welcome to Oakfield: to a world of opportunity where children love learning.

Patrick Gush, Head teacher at Oakfield PrepWe are passionate about delivering an education of the highest quality which encourages our boys and girls to be the best that they can be. All children deserve to be given opportunities to discover their talents, to be stretched and challenged and to discover their unique learning style. We believe that the education we offer at Oakfield does exactly that.

We know that one of the most important decisions you will ever make is choosing the right school for your child. We also understand how difficult that selection process can be for parents. Like you, we aim to inspire, challenge and care for our children, considering each child’s individual personality and needs. We ensure that all our children can move on to their next life adventure as accomplished, inquisitive learners who seek knowledge in all its forms.
Happy children make better learners so our pupils thrive in Oakfield’s nurturing environment and these happy children blossom and excel. The school’s motto: to Care, Challenge and Inspire, focuses on staff as well as pupils and Oakfield has happy teachers, who feel motivated, supported, and have opportunities to develop professionally. We value our teams and this makes them great educators. We encourage our children to explore the wider world through sport, charitable and community activities, music and the arts and to gain confidence in themselves and in their abilities through participation in the wealth of enrichment opportunities. We pride ourselves on our children’s successes, not just our enviable record of senior school entry but also our children’s attitude towards their role as citizens of the world.

We want children to be discerning – to develop tolerance, compassion and respect. This is a rapidly changing world and our vision will future proof them and enable them to stand out for all the right reasons. Our strengths come from our diversity and from the individual attention we give to all our children, from the delicious and nutritious lunches right through to the preparation and support given to them as they prepare for life at Senior School.

Please come and see Oakfield for yourselves. I believe that the experiences at Oakfield create inquisitive minds and life-long learners. Developing resilience, perseverance, and empathy creates the independent learners that all schools talk about. We have been a steady force in the history of Dulwich for over 130 years, and we are proud of what we do.

We look forward to welcoming you, at Oakfield Prep.

Patrick Gush