Oakwood IPS Pupils
The Education Training Inspectorate, in their January 2011 focused inspection of Oakwood IPS, stated that:
The children in year 6 and year 7 spoke confidently and positively of their experiences at school, in particular, their access to a wide range of extra-curricular activities and their valued contribution to the life and work of the school through the mentoring system and the playground ‘buddy system.’ The children know how to behave and where to seek help if they have a concern about their safety.
The quality of the arrangements for pastoral care in the school is outstanding. An inclusive learning environment is a consequence of a well-constructed pastoral care system that all staff, children and parents understand. There is an appropriate emphasis on building the children’s self-esteem by involving purposefully the children with their learning. The ‘Class Council’ and ‘Pupil Council’ systems provide the children with a genuine consultative process whereby their views are presented on future improvements within the school and on changes within the pastoral policy.
At Oakwood, pupil voice is not only heard but actively listened to.
We welcome back our past pupils, year-on-year, to assist with Open Night whilst older past pupils often return to complete student placements at Oakwood. We are delighted to hear of their continued successes in post-primary schools, at universities and in their personal and working lives.