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Oak Bank School

External Provision

The External Provision programme at Oak Bank enables our pupils to access a broad range of learning opportunities off site through a variety of collaborative partnerships with Colleges, Training Providers and community interest groups.   Pupils are involved in educational experiences that support the core curriculum that they study whilst in school and programmes are structured to meet their personal learning needs and to ensure that they gain academically, personally and socially from attending their placements.

We have in excess of 60 External Provision placements per week ranging across Construction, Arts, Plastering, Photography, Bricklaying, Sports, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Catering, Employability and Health and Wellbeing.   The engagement, achievement and progression of our pupils is evident in the range of qualifications and accreditations they gain through the External Provision programme.

Ofsted Report 2015

“Excellent partnership working with colleges and other providers help pupils gain high levels of work-related skills and qualifications”.



What our pupils and External Provision Providers say about External Provision

“I’m enjoying it now I’ve learnt my technique, it’s easier. “ CP 6th form

“It’s great at plastering, I’ve learnt to plaster and do bricklaying. Everyone should come try it as it’s so good”. DL year 10

“We get pupils motivated engaged and interested in something outside a classroom environment through practical hands on challenges” .  C&G tutors

“As a specialist provider who works with young people 14-18 yrs, we have had the benefit of working in partnership with Oak Bank School delivering bespoke learning interventions for a number of years. These short courses or 1:1 interventions, develop curiosity for learning and allow learners the opportunity to experience & learn in areas as wide as; cookery, construction, horticulture, beauty and childcare. Oak Bank invests much in these external opportunities for young people; to support engagement and enrich their curriculum offer to prepare them for adulthood” ”. Develop Learning Inclusion Lead


“I love going to Angling for Success it’s brilliant, the sessions are interesting and I get a qualification. I would like to continue attending next year and get another qualification”.  JB year 11

“Bryerley Farm is good and I’m enjoying it, it’s giving me the chance to support younger pupils too which will help me in what I want to do when I leave school”. VY year 11

“Bedford College was good; I passed my city and guilds there. I would like to go back to college when I’ve left Oak Bank”. CW 6th Form

“Working with Edu Create on the Arts award allows me to be creative. It is enjoyable, I’m looking forward to going to sixth form so I can complete my Gold award”. JG year 11

“Working with Oak Bank School is a pleasure. It is hugely rewarding to see the students use Arts Award to progress in the arts as well as develop their social and behavioural skills” Edu Create Tutor

Every pupil is different, their interests, their needs and the level of support required. We work with pupils to identify opportunities that are personalised to them so they engage in their learning and work towards their AQA Unit Awards”. Jam Rock Media Tutor

“I go to Kickstart for engineering and motor vehicle, C and G for plastering and the ACB for motor vehicle. The qualifications and life skills I will get will help me get into the 6th form and for a trade”. AH year 11

“We love working with Oak Bank pupils, it’s what we have chosen to do and they’ve helped us set up in our new location. It wasn’t easy but the pupils have benefited from learning new skills in the construction trade”.Kick Start Tutor


Course and Qualifications delivered through the External Provision Programme

Angling for Success: Gateway Level 1 Improving Own Learning and Performance, Gateway Level 1 Award in Progression, BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Fish Husbandry.

Academy of Central Bedfordshire: City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Construction and IMI Motor Vehicle Level 1 Award and Certificate.

Bryerley Farm: AQA Unit Awards in Equine Management and Horse Care.

C and G Plastering Academy: City and Guilds Entry 3 and level 1 Award in Construction.

Develop (First Place Training): Ascentis Award in Beauty, Health and Safety and First Aid and Edexcel Parenting Award at Level 1.

Edu Create: Arts Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold Level.

Hockwell Boxing : AQA Unit Awards in Self Esteem and Boxing.

Jam Rock Media: AQA Unit Awards in Music and Media Technology.

Kick Start (Force 5 Education): AQA Unit Awards in Health and Safety, Construction, Engineering, Motor Vehicle and Employability.

Reactive8: Amateur Boxing Awards, Preliminary and Standard Award.  AQA Unit Awards in Self Confidence, Anger Management and Boxing. NCFE Level 1 Award in Employability.

Shuttleworth College:  City and Guilds Entry 3 Award in Animal Care

Seeds of Change: City and Guilds in Equine Management, Functional Skills In literacy and Numeracy and Foundation Programme in Equine Care.

Snoosh Performance Gym: AQA Unit Awards in Health, Fitness and Wellbeing.

Youth Point: Aqa Unit Awards in Music Tec, City and Guilds in music Technology Level 1.









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