Clare Bradbury, the new head of Oakwood School in Chichester, is to outline her blueprint for the school’s future at an event this week.
Clare said: “Oakwood is renowned for its welcoming and stimulating learning environment where children are inspired to learn and grow into confident and happy young people who are ready to move on to their next stage of learning. We are looking to build on those achievements.”
Oakwood was recently described as ‘Outstanding’ in a report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Prior to her appointment, Clare was deputy headteacher for four years at Westbourne School in Chichester, having taught there for a total of 18 years. During her time at Westbourne, Clare was instrumental in developing many key learning and staff leadership initiatives. She is now looking forward to working with Oakwood’s dedicated team of teachers, the children and parents to put new plans in place, that she says will embrace the needs of current pupils as well as the changing needs of a new generation of children.
Informed by insights from feeder schools, parents, educational best practice and other resources, a number of exciting and innovative academic and pastoral initiatives are to be introduced at the school.
Plans for the school include a 3D science classroom, further digital learning opportunities, greater language resources, and the development of dynamic outdoor educational experiences, including the opening of a new outdoor FOO-funded play area.
It is also intended to extend library and music provision, expand the sporting curriculum, an area in which the school already excels, and broaden the use of school facilities to the local community and other schools.