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Vision and Ethos


At Oak Academy we believe that every child has the right to learn, grow and achieve.

We recognise and celebrate that everyone has different skills, talents and abilities and develop curiosity and opportunity through a broad curriculum offer, delivered by quality first teaching and learning.

Education and well-being are at the heart of what we do.

Our intent is that students acquire and retain both essential knowledge and a wide vocabulary base to allow them to flourish and succeed in life.

We uphold a fundamental belief that all students, regardless of socio-economic background or academic starting point, can and will achieve.  We center our vision around knowledge because we believe that the acquisition of essential knowledge will help to empower our students and equip them with the tools they need to succeed in life.

We want our students to question knowledge, to become critical thinkers around knowledge and be able to apply their knowledge to any task or question that comes their way.

For us, it’s the foundation of their learning.


Our mantra of “High Expectations lead to High Achievers” applies to our entire academy community.

We believe strongly in growth mindset theory – that we are not born ‘able’ but that success and fulfilment in life can be achieved by everyone.

Mistakes are a fundamental part of learning.  Students (and staff too!) are taught to face adversity with courage and accept that every journey begins with that first step.

Our culture is one of ‘unconditional positive regard’ – as people we are all inherently good and when mistakes are made, we are treated without judgement in a caring and supportive manner.

Our curriculum offer, SMSC provision and pastoral care combine to enable students’ personal development in three key areas:

Development Area Outcome (for students)
Respect To develop and grow in confidence, with a healthy self-esteem

To accept and build a positive self-image, with an absence of shame

Resilience To positively ‘learn from and look forward’ with every interaction

To gain a positive personal narrative, with access to personal resources for stability

Safety To develop greater responsibility, ownership and understanding about themselves

To work within boundaries and approaches that emphasise ‘Authentic Care’