Welcome from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for visiting our website. I feel very privileged to be the Headteacher at such a fantastic school.

Everybody in the school is committed to giving all our children the best possible start in life and we believe that strong foundations in all areas of development will enable every child to become independent and flourish.

The Oaks is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  A comprehensive child protection policy is in place in addition to our Health and Safety policy and Prevent strategy. These policies are regularly reviewed by the Governing body and can be found on our website and supplied upon request from the school office.

As Headteacher I am our designated member of staff for Child Protection and Safeguarding; in my absence, Mr Gary Mainwaring (Deputy Headteacher) is fully trained and can deal with any safeguarding or child protection concerns.  If you have any immediate safeguarding concerns, please contact MASH (01403 229900). If the concerns are less immediate, please phone the school or e-mail

Parents are a child’s first educators and we believe very much in working in partnership with home throughout a child’s time at our school. Everybody who has contact with school automatically becomes part of our community which is focused on making a real positive difference to the lives of everyone who is part of it.

We have a highly skilled team of teachers, teaching assistants and support staff who are extremely caring and totally committed to children’s learning, happiness and well-being. We believe that sound values and a positive attitude are crucial in becoming life-long learners and responsible, valuable members of the community. Our expectations of the children are very high and believe that every child will have academic success.  We want all our children to love school, love learning and feel proud of their own achievements.

The school’s nurturing ethos and values is encapsulated in our school motto; ‘Roots to grow, wings to fly, success and confidence for all’.

We hope you enjoy exploring our website. If you are a new or prospective parent, we look forward to welcoming your child into The Oaks and our school community.

Visits to our school are most welcome, please contact the school office by E-mail or by giving us a call on 01293 527473 to arrange an appointment or ask any questions you may have.

Information about school admissions for your child, whether joining our Reception class, or another year group, is available from West Sussex County Council or telephone 03330142903

Yours sincerely

Mr Alan Gunn