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How I chose a school for my child: a parent's view

15 September 2016

How an Oakfield pupil's parents made the decision on which school to send them to.

We are the parents of two children in Oakfield Preparatory School in Dulwich. Both our children started in Lower Foundation and our eldest is about to embark on her final year at the school.

Having grown up in outside of London and in Australia, we found the choices of schools in the area overwhelming, but we felt that the moment we were shown around Oakfield, that we had found the right place.

It was important to us that school felt like an extension of their home: a kind, safe learning environment with teachers and support staff the children really love. We wanted to instil a joy of learning in our children, where topics were woven carefully into the learning.

On the open day we were looking for excellent teachers who really inspire a love of their subject. We've been really impressed by the teaching, especially the Maths, Music, English and Science teaching.

Our children are very active and we were looking for somewhere with a strong extra-curricular offering. Our daughter has particularly enjoyed the swim and gym squads, and she was overjoyed when her team won a team bronze medal at the ISA national gymnastics championships.

We also wanted a school where, regardless of their academic level, our children would always be made to feel safe, proud of their work, and nurtured to do their best. Ideally we wanted somewhere where they would be pushed when they needed a push, but not feel under any undue pressure to perform.

We're so pleased to feel we have been proved right in our choice with each year that has passed. We often joke about all the things we have learned from the children! The transition between 'Lower School' and 'Upper School' was so smooth for them both, they were ready and excited for the move "over the road".

We have also experienced outstanding pastoral care for our children, just as we had hoped.  Part of growing up is that sometimes children will mature at different rates and with that comes friendship 'challenges'.  When our daughter experienced some friendship challenges at school, we found the teachers, and in particular the Principal Mrs Stevens, took swift action, resolving it efficiently and with immense sensitivity.

We would not hesitate to recommend Oakfield to parents who are looking for a warm, nurturing school for their children to grow and learn to be their absolute best!

Parents of children in Y6 and Y3