About Us

Executive Headteacher and Head of Services: 
Derek Kitchin

Head of School and Deputy Head of Services:
Christine Mukasa

Head of Care, Deputy DSL:
Rachel Rust

Deaf First Manager
Barry Thompson (Susan Hillyar – Interim Manager)

Business Manager
Karen Chapman

Assistant Headteacher (Teaching, Learning and Assessment):
Bunty Dames

Assistant Headteacher (Personal Development and Wellbeing, DSL):
Holly Black

Assistant Headteacher (Head of Sixth Form, Deputy DSL):
Karen Duggan-Stevens

Oak Lodge School follows a child-centred multi-modal language and communication approach which incorporates British Sign Language, English and Signed Supported English based on the child’s identified strengths and preferred learning style.

We have a highly qualified staff which include Teachers of the Deaf, Speech and Language Therapists an Occupational Therapist and Teaching Assistants, all of whom are experienced in working with deaf and hearing –impaired children including those with additional needs.

Our curriculum incorporates personalised learning and thinking skills, functional skills and an enrichment programme. The curriculum is underpinned by the Emotions/PSHE curriculum to promote the emotional and physical well-being of all.

Our pupils follow individualised pathways covering a wide-range of accreditations including: GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level and Life Skills within the ASDAN framework.

Our Sixth Form supports our students at local colleges to access academic, vocational and practical courses. Providing further curriculum and life-long learning support.

The following document includes further details on our Local Offer: Oak Lodge Offer

We aim to enable students to lead successful and fulfilling lives by :

Developing their minds for success in the 21st Century in school and in an exceptional residential provision.

  1. Offering an exceptional curriculum for students aged 10-19
  2. Leading pupils learning through innovation, interaction and experience
  3. Providing effective support for te transition from Sixth form to adulthood
  4. Inspiring our young people to become the global citizens of tomorrow
  5. Working closely with parents, carers and supporting professionals.