Our School

Mission Statement

Oak Bank works with pupils who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. Our aim is to provide each of our pupils with an Education for Life, by valuing and respecting them as individuals, developing their self-esteem and encouraging their individual abilities to their full potential in a caring, orderly environment.


Oak Bank is recognised through its leading-edge approach to the education of its pupils as a benchmark of effectiveness and efficiency in respect of the added value it provides through a therapeutic approach to the personal development and learning achievement of all its pupils. That benchmark status is confirmed by an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted and frequent requests for outreach support from other schools and educational bodies.

ASPIRE values

Our values curriculum is an essential part of Oak Bank School life. Our values-based approach is referred to as our ‘ASPIRE skills’ and this is embedded in all we do. 

We believe the values contribute to a strong learning environment that enhances achievement and develops pupils’ social, emotional and relationship skills.  Not only are the values held in high regard, acknowledged and celebrated in the pupils, but they are modelled by staff throughout.

Our whole school approach helps develop well rounded and resilient learners. It breaks down the pre-conceptions of ‘fixed mindset’ and allows personality and character to flourish in a safe and progressive way. It quickly liberates teachers and pupils from the stress of confrontational relationships, freeing up quality learning time where a positive attitude is most valued.

Oak Bank School ASPIRE skills are key to equipping our pupils with relationship skills, intelligences and attitudes to succeed at school and in their future




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