Central England Academy Trust

Welcome to Oak Wood Schools website

I am privileged to be the CEO/Principal of Central England Academy Trust which consists of Oak Wood Primary School, Oak Wood Secondary School, Higham Lane and Jade Unit. We provide an education for young people aged 4 to 19 who have a wide range of special educational needs including profound, severe and moderate learning disabilities. A growing number of our young people have an autistic spectrum condition.

‘Together We Grow, Independently We Achieve’ is our vision which is underpinned by our core Trust values of Collaboration, Equity, Aspiration and Trust. We are very proud of our learning ethos as we believe there are no ceilings as far as the learning and development of each pupil is concerned.

Working closely with families, carers and multi-agency professionals is vital as we know that each of our pupils have needs that are unique to them. We believe in a team approach where there is a coordinated effort to support each pupil using the expertise and support from a range of professionals as well as fully involving parents/carers. We aim to be open and supportive in our approach.

Oak Wood Primary and Secondary Schools are Generic Special Schools and as an academy we are very proud to work closely with the Local Authority (LA) to meet the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The LA overviews important statutory duties such as admissions and transport; whilst also ensuring that there are enough quality places for pupils with SEND. As such we are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

Both schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with SEND being met in a mainstream setting if appropriate; however there are some children whose needs are best met within a specialist setting such as ours.

The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.

If you would like more information on the school I would encourage you to contact us and arrange a visit.

I very much look forward to meeting you.

George Smith


Oak Wood Schools are committed to safeguarding the welfare of our pupils and in order to achieve this we use a number of different systems, policies and procedures. We also have thorough staff training to ensure that all pupils are safe in line with the below.

‘Under the Education Act 2002 (Section 175 for maintained schools/Section 157 for academies/free/independent schools), schools must make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Parents/carers should know that the law (Children Act 1989) requires all school staff to pass on information which gives rise to a concern about a child’s welfare, including risk from neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Staff will seek, in general, to discuss any concerns with the parent/carer and discuss the need to make a referral to Children’s Social Care if that is considered necessary. This will only be done where such discussion will not place the child at increased risk of significant harm or cause undue delay. Parents/carers will appreciate that the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead carries out their responsibilities in accordance with the law and acts in the best interests of all children.’

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Oak Wood Primary Safeguarding

Oak Wood Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Warwickshire Safeguarding: