Oakwood School (Surrey)

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Oakwood School
Balcombe Road

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Coordinates51°10′23″N 0°09′20″W / 51.173°N 0.155439°W / 51.173; -0.155439Coordinates: 51°10′23″N 0°09′20″W / 51.173°N 0.155439°W / 51.173; -0.155439
TypeCommunity school
Motto"Achieving Excellence Together"
Local authoritySurrey County Council
Department for Education URN125273 Tables
Head of GovernorsDavid Brown
Head teacherMr S Potten[1]
Age11 to 16
Houses5 (Shakespeare, Newton, Austen, Nightingale and Brunel)[2]

Oakwood School is a community secondary school located in Horley, Surrey, England.[1] It is co-educational and caters for students in the 11-16 age range in that it does not have a sixth form.[1]


Oakwood was opened in 1989 following the merger of Court Lodge Comprehensive (shut down on the 31st August 1989) and Horley Comprehensive (Secondary Modern) School.[3] The Headteachers follow:

Andy Thompson: 1989 - 2007

Sue Child: 2007 - 2015

Simon Potten: 2015 - Current


At the last Ofsted inspection in November 2013, the school was judged to be Grade 2 - Good.[4] This followed its previous inspection in 2012 where it was rated Grade 3 - Satisfactory[5] and was removed from special measures.


The school has a sports centre which is managed by Blue Leisure[6] and includes a fitness gym, astroturf five-a-side pitches, as well as sports halls for a variety of activities.

New and updated Drama suite and increased seating areas with table-tennis tables, computers run on Windows 10 and have all been recently updated

Oakwood was originally the preferred site for the new Horley leisure centre,[7] but unforeseen costs made the site uneconomical. The new leisure centre is currently under construction on the site of the former Court Lodge Comprehensive.

The school also hosts the Horley detachment of the Army Cadet Force.[8]

Oakwood School's canteen is managed by Independent Catering Partnership.[citation needed]

Extended confederation[edit]

Oakwood is a founder member of the Horley Learning Partnership, an extended confederation which incorporates the Horley SureStart Children’s Centre.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Edubase record - Establishment: Oakwood School". Department for Education. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  2. ^ "Oakwood School Calendar 2009-2010" (pdf). Oakwood School. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  3. ^ "Horley's Schools". Horley Local History Society. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  4. ^ "Oakwood School Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  5. ^ "Oakwood School Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  6. ^ "Blue Leisure - Oakwood". Blue Leisure. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  7. ^ "New site for Horley leisure centre". Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  8. ^ Surrey Army Cadet Force
  9. ^ "Welcome to the Horley Learning Partnership". Horley Learning Partnership. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  10. ^ "Guntur fights his way to the top!". The College of Richard Collyer. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  11. ^ http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/War-Horse-film-star-Robert-Emms-tells-failed/story-14995193-detail/story.html
  12. ^ Kempner, Sooz (16 Feb 2015). "Letter To My Hometown: To Horley, With… Reservations". Standard Issue. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  13. ^ "My best teacher". Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved 2012-10-06.

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