Our Offer

Our school motto is to be the best we can be and we are committed to our ethos of excellent education, high expectations and partnerships.

We can meet the needs of children with –

  • Severe, generalised developmental delay
  • Complex physical needs and medical needs
  • Children with ASC or Social, Communication difficulties
  • Children with sensory impairments including heating impairments, visual impairments, and sensory processing difficulties

Oakdale is the only maintained special school in Tameside for children with severe and complex needs.

We are located in central Tameside and are co-located with 2 mainstream primary school which offer rich and varied opportunities for inclusion.

It is a large purpose built school, offering foundation stage, KS1 and KS2 provision.  External hard play areas complete the accommodation.

Our provision is on a single level in a well-appointed, bright, well maintained and equipped school.

Classes are determined by children’s ages and learning needs.

The Foundation Stage Unit has 3 classes; Chaffinch, Rosefinch & Goldfinch.  Each class has a distinct base with communal areas offering imaginative, creative and constructional play activities.  A hard play area completes the Foundation stage provision.

There are 10 classes of children generally in Year 1 – Year 6 with well-equipped classrooms.  There are a number of small teaching spaces in school designed for individual and small group work as well as Technology and Personal and Social Health Education resource bays.

School also has a large multi-purpose hall and a sensory processing area.

Therapeutic provision includes a hydrotherapy pool, sensory room and facilities for physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy.

There are well equipped office facilities and a kitchen scullery that provide school meals via a local Primary School.

We have high expectations for all our children and support and encourage them to be the best they can be.

High staffing levels and personalised learning ensure that the learning and social needs of each child are met within each class.

Oakdale is a welcoming, friendly, bright and happy place where children feel secure, where communication, independence and self-esteem are promoted and where they enjoy growing up and developing their unique potential.

We offer a positive learning environment where children develop new skills and learn how to apply them in meaningful ways.

Oakdale is an inclusive school, where we learn from each other and where all are treated equally regardless of gender, disability, race or culture.

At Oakdale children are treated as individuals and teaching and learning ins differentiated and highly personalised to take account of individual need.

All children at Oakdale are encouraged to aim high and progress, achievements and success, however small, are celebrated.

Oakdale has been accredited by the National Autistic Society in recognition of our practice in working with children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Vision Friendly Gold Award in recognition of demonstrating best practice and a commitment to providing appropriate and accessible curricula and environments to children and young people with vision impairment (VI).

Oakdale has also been awarded Artsmark Silver award in recognition of raising the profile of the Arts across the school and enabled pupils to actively engage in the Arts and for our ongoing commitment to developing artistic and cultural experiences for pupils. In addition Oakdale has received the Bronze Award from ‘School Games’ we for our contributions to school sport, exercise and competitions.