King's Oak School is a secondary school for pupils with SEMH needs.
The school has undergone a radical change since federating with Waterside in July 2018, following Waterside's leadership supporting the school since January 2018.
The federation of the two schools is not an academy. Both schools remain within the local authority - but now have one Governing Board and Executive Headteacher.
King's Oak School offers tailor made pathways for pupils who may have found mainstream education difficult - but this does not mean that they would not have the opportunity to return, either to a mainstream secondary school or further education.
At Key Stage 3, which for King's Oak School is Years 7 and 8, the pupils receive a tailored curriculum, mainly based in one 'home room' with the same teacher and TA. They receive specialist input from the maths, science, art, music, catering specialists within the school.
At Key Stage 4, which for King's Oak School is Years 9,10 and 11, the pupils have their options for how to move their education even further forward. This can be done in one of three ways:
- Academic - if a pupil shows a drive for academic study and is looking to go onto further education, they have the option of taking a variety of exams in subjects offered both at King's Oak and at our partners sites.
- Vocational - if a pupil shows a drive for apprenticeship or the world of work, the curriculum is tailored to ensure that they spend three days in an industry placement and two days at King's Oak - developing their functional skills in maths, English, science etc.
- Mixed Route - if a pupil isn't sure about their next steps - this is the route for them. They spend two days in an industry placement and three days at King's Oak - developing both their functional and further skills.
We strive to ensure that our pupils have every opportunity to succeed and we work tirelessly with their families, the industry providers and other services to ensure that they will.
If you would like to see the work carried out by Waterside, please click/tap here.
You are more than welcome to talk to Meic (Executive Head) or Jill (Head of School) about current and future plans for King's Oak.