Our pupils' thoughts of Oakthorpe Primary School
Welcome to Oakthorpe Primary School!
We are a small, friendly and caring school situated in the village of Oakthorpe, Swadlincote and part of a multi-academy trust called the Oval Learning Trust. We have around 100 amazing children who are well-behaved, thoughtful and work really hard! Together, all of our dedicated staff team, along with our supportive parents make our school a great place to learn with lots of fun along the way. To find out more about our ‘Vision, Values and Aims’ click on this link.
We are really lucky to have wonderful grounds with a pond wildlife area, a woodland wildlife area and a huge playing field. Although our postcode is Derbyshire we are actually a Leicestershire school. Click here to see where you can find us! We have a great ICT suite and interactive whiteboards in all our classrooms. We have a good sized school hall (complete with projector and screen) and all our meals are cooked on the school premises.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
In July 2018, we were very proud to receive two Gold awards for our work to support the wellbeing of everyone across the school. We were only one of 5 other schools in the country to receive a Gold award from the Carnegie Centre for Mental Health in Schools for all our work to support children's wellbeing. For more information see our Mental Health and Wellbeing page of the website.
We also received a gold award from the School Games for all our work to develop sports in the school. This is the first time the school has received this award and we are very proud to partner this up with our other gold award to show how physical and mental health are so important.
We have a valuable school council who represent Oakthorpe pupil views. The school council make an important contribution to how we run the school and collect opinions from the children about things we do. This includes policies, how we change the school environment, what clubs we run and even our aims and school motto. At Oakthorpe the views of our children really matter and in March 2015 we were regional finalists for the DFE Character Awards!
We have many clubs available to our children throughout the year as we believe in offering a wide range of opportunities to our pupils. For example we run varied sports clubs such as cross country and football, an art club, wildlife club, games club and a homework club. We also offer a Breakfast Club for all pupils from 7:30am and we have excellent links with local after-school childcare. For more information, speak with the school office.
WHAT’S ON THIS SITE?
This website is to give you an overview of our wonderful school and an insight into some of our key features. We hope you like it! You will find helpful homework links and photographs of work and activities we do at school. There are also useful links to community web-sites and information about our Governors as well. If you miss a newsletter you will be able to catch up here. Teachers put copies of the curriculum letters they send out as well so you can keep up to date with that.
This website is frequently updated so make sure you come back and visit regularly to find out what’s new and what we’ve been up to! If there is anything else you would like to see on our web-site then please let us know. Also keep an eye on what is happening across the school using our Twitter account. Please follow @OakthorpeSchool.
We are always looking for new skills and talents in school to help us improve the provision for our children. If you want to help us in any way please get in touch! We have a hardworking fundraising group called PAFO (Parents and Friends of Oakthorpe) who always need helpers! If you just want to offer your skills in any other way let us know!