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Our Team

From the Chair of Governors

I am delighted and privileged to be the founding Chair of Governors for Oaklands School. This school was created specifically to provide a unique and enjoyable learning experience for children and young people aged 5 – 16 years with additional needs. We believe that ‘learning should be fun’ and that every pupil should be ‘happy and successful’.

This is why we have taken the very best school practices and built them into our school – our curriculum offer is therefore broad, balanced, relevant and personalised to meet individual pupil’s needs. Our approach fits perfectly with EHC planning and partnership working, personalisation and accountability.

We therefore welcome parental and carer engagement and feedback on all aspects of the school. Our success will be measured by your child’s happiness and achievements in school and in later life.

A very warm welcome to Oaklands, I look forward to meeting you.

Julie Smith

Dr Julie Smith, Chair of Governors


Julie has a first degree in Chemistry and Education, Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, Masters Degrees in Women’s Studies and Librarianship and Information Studies, plus a PhD in Education. She has also worked in a variety of teaching and learning environments, including Teaching English as a Foreign Language at a private school in Europe, Learning Resource Centre management at a Further Education College and in Education and Training in the NHS. Julie also taught Librarianship and supervised education students at Master's level.

The Chair can be contacted at the school address, by e-mail or on 01488 757367.

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