Search

Oaks Park High celebrates successful 10 years after shaky start

16:24 17 September 2011

Oaks Park 10 years - headteacher Steve Wilks and staff

Oaks Park 10 years - headteacher Steve Wilks and staff

Archant

Ten years on from a disrupted school opening in which pupils were forced to take lessons in Portakabins, a Newbury Park school has hailed a decade filled with success.

Oaks Park High head Steven Wilks praised the school’s achievements, which have culminated in this year two students winning places at Cambridge University, and the best exam results to date.

The Oaks Lane school is also fresh from recognition of international school status, a symbol of recognition for its many links with educational establishments around the world.

But 10 years ago, difficulties with a sponsor meant fresh-faced Year 7 pupils were greeted with a Portakabin classroom on the first day of term.

Mr Wilks said: “[There were] difficulties with contractual agreements between Redbridge Council and Norwich Union, as the school was a privately funded initiative.

“The contract with Norwich Union wasn’t signed on time and everything was up in the air. It was a worry,” he added.

“A series of public meetings were held in April 2001, and angry parents vented their feelings at the failure of the school to be built on time.”
The school was built around the pupils, and eventually completed two years later, in April 2003.

Despite the shaky start, the school was praised by education assessors Ofsted, who commented: “This has become a very good school in a comparatively short time.”

The school will mark the occasion with an informal evening, in which all staff, governors and former pupils are invited to toast 10 years of success.

To help with planning, people wishing to attend on Thursday should email Lee Cracknell at lcracknell@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk.

0 comments

Latest Ilford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:04
Sophie Walker is hoping to change London's political landscape.  This image is copyright Fiona Hanson 2016©.

The Women’s Equality party candidate for the London Mayoral election believes the time has come for the capital’s women to make a difference.

Yesterday, 14:55
Artist Kat Hall visited pupils in Year 5 to help them make mosaics featuring saints

An artist joined children learning about “British values” to create mosaics for famous saints.

Yesterday, 13:09
The Clayhall group on social network Streetlife put on its first meetup for a picnic at Claybury Park. Wynne T, Laraine Tarrant

All ages from children to pensioners, and a few pets as well, enjoyed a picnic organised through the website Streetlife.

Yesterday, 12:49
The flats at the junction of High Road and Goodmayes Road, Goodmayes. Picture: Google Street View

Concerns have been aired after plans were submitted to turn flats above a kebab shop into a 40-room hotel.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe