It is with sorrow that Governors announce the retirement of a much valued Head Teacher, Shanee Buxton. We wish Shanee all the very best for the future on behalf of the school community and thank her for the inspiring leadership, loyalty and dedication she has shown to the students and staff at Oak lodge School.

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Following the Residential Ofsted inspection on Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th September 15, we are extremely proud to announce that Oak Lodge Residential was judged to be Outstanding in all four areas. To view the full Ofsted Report, please Click here


‘Inspiring our community to Aspire, Believe and Achieve through excellence in education to lead happy, healthy and worthwhile lives.’

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.

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.

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

Deaf First is our adult education department. It supports deaf adults of any age. Some are studying at local colleges and need communication support for their lectures. Other students attend Basic Skills courses at Deaf First and train for employment.


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 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.

You can read about the school’s rich history here.

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