Oaklands Catholic School
|Motto||United by the Cross|
|Headteacher||Matthew Quinn MA,Bed(Hons),DipQS,NPQH|
|Chair of Governors||Captain Paul Quinn OBE RN|
|Location||Stakes Hill Road
|DfE URN||137345 Tables|
|Staff||71 full time, 11 part time|
Oaklands Catholic School/Academy is a Roman Catholic voluntary (Aided) coeducational school and sixth form college with academy status located in Waterlooville, Hampshire. It opened in 1966, although its history can be traced back to 1902. Around 1300 students attend the school with over 150 in the Sixth Form. The school's primary input of pupils is St. Peter's Catholic Primary, which is only a few hundred yards away.
The Senior Leadership team is led by Mr Matthew Quinn MA at Head Teacher since 2007. Deputy Head Teachers: Dr A Howson, Mrs J. Oldroyd, Asst Head Teachers: Mr R. Cunningham, Mrs D McConn Finch and Mrs B Ludlam (Head of Sixth Form Learning) and the School Business Manager Mrs J McCall, who also acts as Company Secretary to the Academy Trust Company.
The Chair of Governors is Captain Paul Quinn OBE MSc BA CDipAF FCIPD FCMI, who has been Chair since 2000/2001 and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Academy since Sept 2011. 2011/2012 Vice Chairs are Commodore David Dickens CBE BA; Dr J Hogan; Commander Richard Morris BA.
The Members of the Company are: Capt P Quinn; Dr D Grey; Mnsgr McGrath VG.
The school consists of 7 different blocks, mainly separated into different subject groups. There have been an extensive site improvement programme seeing the replacement of prefabricated buildings with purpose designed brick-built buildings. The three new blocks consist of a new music block, Humanities block (Formerly C block, now John Paul II block) and Sixth Form Block. Each of these blocks has been built in a similar style, often incorporating a cross in different coloured bricks. 2012 has seen a major refurbishment of the Maths/Science block with Maths moving to A Block and the labs being update in 3 phases (Phase 2 to complete in Summer 2012).
The extensive grounds incorporate many mature oak trees, giving the site its name.
The White House, which houses admin and RE, is a beautiful paladian structure built for General Napier.
The school received a 'good with many outstanding features' Ofsted report in 2008.
The school CAFOD team, led by Mr Sumba, is currently the only one in the whole Portsmouth area. Recently formed, it has already sent two students to work in the Kenyan slum of Korogocho for 10 days.
Mr Sumba has also inspired a Holcaust memorial project - with the aim of collecting one million buttons - the memorial to be built in the school grounds.
Mr Sumba has been awarded the pretigious 'Sisters of Christ' award in July 2012 in recognition of his contribution to Catholic education and community in Oaklands.
The music department, led by Miss E Flood, offers not only GCSE and A level music, but also private instrument tuition in a large number of instruments ranging from piano, flute and oboe to electric guitar, saxophone and double bass. There are currently three school bands, the Oaklands band, the Concert band, and the Big band.
There are currently three Members of Parliament (MPs) who are alumni of Oaklands School: Jon Cruddas, the Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham; Penelope Mordaunt, elected in 2010 as the Conservative MP for Portsmouth North; and Caroline Dinenage, also elected in 2010, who represents Gosport as a Conservative.
The school uniform was redesigned for the September 2009 academic year, now fully implemented. The uniform, which is a different colour scheme from the previous one, now includes a blazer made from recycled plastic bottles, a new striped tie and a choice of long or short-sleeved jumper.
The expense of the uniform caused controversy in 2009, as a large girl's uniform will cost £97 without PE kit. A press release was submitted on the school website claiming many of the facts written by the newspaper articles are incorrect, and that many of the products are available for less in different stores.
Non-branded items (trousers skirts etc.) can all be bought from main supermarkets.
There is an extensive used uniform scheme run by the Oaklands Parents Association.
For parents struggling to meet the cost of the uniform there is help available from the Governors Fund.
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