Our School Council has two members from every class, from years 1 to 6, which ensures that all children are represented and have an opportunity to air their views. The council meets regularly to discuss ideas or issues put forward by their classes and these often contribute to our School Improvement Plan. The council feeds back any findings and decisions to the rest of our school. School Council members are elected by their class each year.
We encourage our children to take part in fundraising for charity, which helps to develop their citizenship and financial skills. Although we fundraise for many charities, our main school charity is The CHASE Shooting Star Hospice, which we have supported since 1996. Our children enjoy discussing new ideas to raise money!
There is a charge for individual or small-group music tuition (although parents/carers may be able to apply for a bursary) as this is an extra curricular activity and not part of the National Curriculum. These individual or small-group lessons are taught by peripatetic music teachers. We give parents/carers information about additional music tuition at the start of each academic year.
At King’s Oak we believe that learning from first hand experience is very powerful and provides lasting impact. We support children’s learning through educational visits, which are planned to link into topic work at school. We ask for voluntary contributions for these trips and workshops approximately three weeks before the activity takes place. Parents/carers for whom this would cause financial difficulty are invited to come and see us, as financial support may be available.
Pupils in Year 6 are given the opportunity to join an ‘outdoor pursuits’ residential trip. Our residential trip is extremely popular and gives children the opportunity to challenge themselves and be successful in a range of outdoor pursuit activities. This promotes team building skills and raises self-confidence and self-esteem. Our aim is that all children have the opportunity to join this trip and financial support may be available for those who need it.
We invite many experts into our school to work with our children, including novelists, dramatists, artists, musicians, foreign language experts and representatives from local services. Experts inspire our children to learn through sharing their passion for their subject area, which can raise our children’s aspirations for their future careers.