Oakwood School, Horley

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Oakwood School
Established 1989
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr S Potten[1]
Location Balcombe Road
Coordinates: 51°10′23″N 0°09′20″W / 51.173°N 0.155439°W / 51.173; -0.155439
Local authority Surrey County Council
DfE URN 125273 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 957
Gender co-educational
Ages 11–16
Houses 5 (Edgeworth, Cheswick, Harelands, Staplehurst and Kinnersley)[2]
Colours Black and Green
Website Oakwood School

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 doesn't have a sixth form.[1]


Oakwood was opened in 1989 following the merger of Court Lodge Comprehensive and Horley Comprehensive (Secondary Modern) School.[3] Andy Thompson was headteacher from 1989[4] until he retired in 2007, when Sue Child took up the reins.


At the last Ofsted inspection in November 2013, the school was judged to be Grade 2 - Good.[5] This followed its previous inspection in 2012 where it was rated Grade 3 - Satisfactory[6] and was removed from special measures.


The school has a sports centre which is managed by Blue Leisure[7] and includes a fitness gym, astroturf five-a-side pitches, as well as sports halls for a variety of activities.

Oakwood was originally the preferred site for the new Horley leisure centre,[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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. ^ "Teenager arrested after incident at Oakwood School". Surrey Police. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Oakwood School Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Oakwood School Inspection Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Blue Leisure - Oakwood". Blue Leisure. Retrieved 2011-06-20. 
  8. ^ "New site for Horley leisure centre". Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  9. ^ Surrey Army Cadet Force
  10. ^ "Welcome to the Horley Learning Partnership". Horley Learning Partnership. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  11. ^ "Guntur fights his way to the top!". The College of Richard Collyer. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  12. ^ http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/War-Horse-film-star-Robert-Emms-tells-failed/story-14995193-detail/story.html
  13. ^ Kempner, Sooz (16 Feb 2015). "Letter To My Hometown: To Horley, With… Reservations". Standard Issue. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "My best teacher". Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 

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