Peter Kingdom

Headteacher

The Oaks Academy is a school which promotes high aspirations and expectations for all our students. We aim to place ourselves at the heart of our community. Our staff value knowing our students well and we are keen to provide a caring yet ambitious learning experience for them.

We aim for all students to achieve their potential, and to recognise and nurture individual strengths. To this end we offer a broad and balanced Key Stage 3 provision from which students can opt for a range of GSCE options. We emphasise the importance of academic progress, nurture a balanced outlook and positive attitudes, and at the same time encourage our students to contribute meaningfully to our community.

Our pastoral provision is focused on nurturing individual needs whilst helping the children develop into well-rounded and responsible young people. We attach an emphasis on our students being safe, happy and successful, whilst being prepared for their futures – in further or higher education, apprenticeship or employment.

Whether you are reading this and considering whether the Oaks is the right school for your child, or a parent or carer of a child who currently attends our school, and looking for more information, I hope you find our website useful. If you would like any more information or to meet or visit us, then please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Peter Kingdom

The Oaks Academy is a school which promotes high aspirations and expectations for all our students. We aim to place ourselves at the heart of our community. Our staff value knowing our students well and we are keen to provide a caring yet ambitious learning experience for them.

We aim for all students to achieve their potential, and to recognise and nurture individual strengths. To this end we offer a broad and balanced Key Stage 3 provision from which students can opt for a range of GSCE options. We emphasise the importance of academic progress, nurture a balanced outlook and positive attitudes, and at the same time encourage our students to contribute meaningfully to our community.

Our pastoral provision is focused on nurturing individual needs whilst helping the children develop into well-rounded and responsible young people. We attach an emphasis on our students being safe, happy and successful, whilst being prepared for their futures – in further or higher education, apprenticeship or employment.

Whether you are reading this and considering whether the Oaks is the right school for your child, or a parent or carer of a child who currently attends our school, and looking for more information, I hope you find our website useful. If you would like any more information or to meet or visit us, then please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Peter Kingdom

Steve Frost

Deputy Headteacher

Behaviour and Attitudes

After spending the best part of 15 years working predominantly in Stoke-on-Trent, it is with great pride that I have taken up the post of Deputy Headteacher at The Oaks Academy.

The main purpose of my post is to drive up the standards of student behaviour and conduct and make students feel proud to be members of this Academy.

The foundations behind this drive is, ‘Pride and Respect’ which I believe are two key ingredients in making our students successful, not just academically but also as successful citizens within today’s society.

I am a passionate Historian and I will also be passing on my love of History to the students.

I look forward to working with you all as we together make The Oaks Academy into an academy to be proud of.

After spending the best part of 15 years working predominantly in Stoke-on-Trent, it is with great pride that I have taken up the post of Deputy Headteacher at The Oaks Academy.

The main purpose of my post is to drive up the standards of student behaviour and conduct and make students feel proud to be members of this Academy.

The foundations behind this drive is, ‘Pride and Respect’ which I believe are two key ingredients in making our students successful, not just academically but also as successful citizens within today’s society.

I am a passionate Historian and I will also be passing on my love of History to the students.

I look forward to working with you all as we together make The Oaks Academy into an academy to be proud of.

Deputy Headteacher, Teacher of History

Emily Abberley

Assistant Headteacher

Teaching and Learning

I feel incredibly excited and privileged to be able to work at The Oaks Academy. I have been part of our journey since day 1 and am firmly committed to ensuring that all our pupils are able to have the best education. As a teacher, nothing makes me more proud than when hard work leads to success. Building positive relationships with the young people of Crewe and supporting them to achieve their goals is what makes my job worthwhile.

As Assistant Headteacher: Teaching and Learning, I work with the whole teaching body to ensure that all lessons are engaging and challenging, and that our students are supported in achieving their personal targets and goals. With high expectations and standards our staff work hard designing and delivering lessons, and our goal is to ensure that all students value and access the education they deserve.

I feel incredibly excited and privileged to be able to work at The Oaks Academy. I have been part of our journey since day 1 and am firmly committed to ensuring that all our pupils are able to have the best education. As a teacher, nothing makes me more proud than when hard work leads to success. Building positive relationships with the young people of Crewe and supporting them to achieve their goals is what makes my job worthwhile.

As Assistant Headteacher: Teaching and Learning, I work with the whole teaching body to ensure that all lessons are engaging and challenging, and that our students are supported in achieving their personal targets and goals. With high expectations and standards our staff work hard designing and delivering lessons, and our goal is to ensure that all students value and access the education they deserve.

Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of Art

Carly Highfield

Assistant Headteacher

Maths and Work Related Learning

I joined the school in 2002 and have never looked back, believing in our pupils and their futures. During my time I have taken on a number of different roles, in a number of different areas of the school but throughout my passion has always been Mathematics.

In my new role as Assistant Head for Mathematics it is my aim to ensure that all pupils are inspired to learn Mathematics, seeing its importance and the opportunities it creates for them in their future. I know that our pupils can achieve great things in their lives and it is my role, alongside Mathematics, to provide them with opportunities and experiences that enable them to find their own successful path in life.

I joined the school in 2002 and have never looked back, believing in our pupils and their futures. During my time I have taken on a number of different roles, in a number of different areas of the school but throughout my passion has always been Mathematics.

In my new role as Assistant Head for Mathematics it is my aim to ensure that all pupils are inspired to learn Mathematics, seeing its importance and the opportunities it creates for them in their future. I know that our pupils can achieve great things in their lives and it is my role, alongside Mathematics, to provide them with opportunities and experiences that enable them to find their own successful path in life.

Assistant Headteacher, CTL Maths

Laura Bailey

SLT

SENDCO

I started at The Oaks Academy in 2008 as an English teacher and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else now. I am an advocate of raising the literacy skills of our young people to empower them in the community once they leave us. 

My passion has always been Special Educational Needs and the pastoral care of pupils. I qualified as a specialist SEND Coordinator in 2015 and I have 11 years of experience in special educational needs. I am currently SENCO at The Oaks Academy, working with a team of  dedicated Teaching Assistants  to ensure young people and their families are given the help and support they deserve. 

I am passionate about diversity and inclusion, overcoming barriers, and achieving in the face of adversity. 

I started at The Oaks Academy in 2008 as an English teacher and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else now. I am an advocate of raising the literacy skills of our young people to empower them in the community once they leave us. 

My passion has always been Special Educational Needs and the pastoral care of pupils. I qualified as a specialist SEND Coordinator in 2015 and I have 11 years of experience in special educational needs. I am currently SENCO at The Oaks Academy, working with a team of  dedicated Teaching Assistants  to ensure young people and their families are given the help and support they deserve. 

I am passionate about diversity and inclusion, overcoming barriers, and achieving in the face of adversity. 

SENDCO, Teacher of English

Gemma White

SLT

Behaviour

Having grown as a qualified teacher, from the Grass roots at this school I have been a Teacher of PE at the Oaks Academy for 15 years. I am very passionate about developing skills and techniques in a variety of sports to improve your performance in a game’s situation. I am immensely proud of the pupils that I teach, predominantly in the representation we display against other local schools in fixtures across a range of sporting activities. My passion continues in the delivery of GCSE PE, which then allows our sports enthusiasts to pursue sport in the future, beyond the academy.  

Throughout my years of teaching I have always dedicated the time to develop positive relationships with pupils, both in my form and teaching groups, to ensure that learning can excel. To continue this sentiment, I am privileged to hold the position as Head of Key stage 4, and therefore responsible for the wellbeing and academic achievements of each, and every pupil at some point on their journey at The Oaks Academy. Success is achieved academically via the opportunities and experiences we provide at the academy. 

My most favourite achievement recently has been the promotion of Crewe Alex FC, after a fantastic season, that has been cut short! Up the Alex!!!  

I look forward to welcoming you to the Academy, and more so into the PE family at The Oaks Academy.  

Having grown as a qualified teacher, from the Grass roots at this school I have been a Teacher of PE at the Oaks Academy for 15 years. I am very passionate about developing skills and techniques in a variety of sports to improve your performance in a game’s situation. I am immensely proud of the pupils that I teach, predominantly in the representation we display against other local schools in fixtures across a range of sporting activities. My passion continues in the delivery of GCSE PE, which then allows our sports enthusiasts to pursue sport in the future, beyond the academy.  

Throughout my years of teaching I have always dedicated the time to develop positive relationships with pupils, both in my form and teaching groups, to ensure that learning can excel. To continue this sentiment, I am privileged to hold the position as Head of Key stage 4, and therefore responsible for the wellbeing and academic achievements of each, and every pupil at some point on their journey at The Oaks Academy. Success is achieved academically via the opportunities and experiences we provide at the academy. 

My most favourite achievement recently has been the promotion of Crewe Alex FC, after a fantastic season, that has been cut short! Up the Alex!!!  

I look forward to welcoming you to the Academy, and more so into the PE family at The Oaks Academy.  

Head of KS4, Teacher of PE