About The Oaks Primary School

The Oaks Primary School catering for girls and boys aged between 4 and 11 years, with the provision for 3-4 year olds in The Oaks Nursery. The school is organised into fourteen single-aged classes, two in each year group.

Our approach is very child-centred; we provide a happy, nurturing and caring environment, where learners are encouraged to develop in all aspects and are challenged to achieve their very best.

The curriculum of The Oaks includes all those activities designed and encouraged within our school to promote the intellectual, personal, social, emotional and physical development of our pupils. The curriculum includes not just the formal programme of lessons, but all those activities and features of the life of the school which contribute to our ethos, such as the quality of relationships, the development of values or attitudes and the quality of learning experiences.

Our school is very well resourced. We have excellent ICT facilities including an ICT suite; all classrooms have PCs and interactive whiteboards. The Oaks benefits from two large halls, a library and research centre, in addition to specialist learning facilities for Food Technology, Art/Ceramics and Design Technology. There is also an Inclusion base and studio. The school is surrounded by extensive grounds, including excellent outdoor facilities. The curriculum is enriched by educational visits and many visitors to the school.

History of the school

The building in which The Oaks is located was originally constructed in 1958 and opened as Bishop Bell Infant and Junior Schools. A short while later Robert May Infant and Junior Schools were built in Furnace Green. The schools served the new neighbourhoods of Tilgate and Furnace Green in the New Town of Crawley.
In the 1970s, the schools were adapted: Bishop Bell Schools became the new Middle School for children between 8 and 12 years in the area, while Robert May served as a First school for children between 5 and 8.

In 1997, Robert May and Bishop Bell schools underwent yet another change and a new school was opened on the Bishop Bell site. This combining both First & Middle School departments into one school, The Oaks was born!

The school developed over the coming years, and then changed its character once again in 2004. As schools in Crawley returned to the national model of Primary and Secondary schools, The Oaks became a Primary School for 4-11 year olds and our Nursery was opened to accommodate 3-4 year olds.

Now, as The Oaks continues to grow and change in the 21st century, we have seen lots of developments and additions to our school, including updated accommodation and excellent resources and ICT provision. Nevertheless, some of our history remains in our two school halls. Each hall is named after former Headteachers of the two Bishop Bell schools: Mrs Burton and Mr Oakley.

In September 2012, as a “good” school, The Oaks Primary School chose to convert to Academy status, along with other local schools, under the umbrella of TKAT (The Kemnal Academy Trust).

Please contact the school office by E-mail or by giving us a call on 01293 527473 to arrange a viewing or ask any questions you may have.


Our Prospectus is available as a PDF Click here to download.

Ofsted Report

Our most recent Ofsted Report is now available as a PDF Click here to download.