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History of our School


History

Oakdale Junior School, previously known as Oakdale South Road Middle School opened its doors in  1997, officially opened by Annette Brooke in May 1998. It was a wonderful new facility for the pupils of a large part of the western side of Poole.

Dorset County Council architect Adrian Morris worked closely with Rob Sutcliffe, a former Oakdale Middle School Head Teacher to produce the stylish building.

Since 1997 …

The school continued to develop with the construction of two ICT suites, improvements to the year group cloakrooms, enlargement of the library and extension of the playground. During the summer of 2007, three new upper-storey rooms were constructed to provide much-needed space, and in December 2008, a large, pre-fabricated classroom was built to reduce class sizes.

Our facilities now

The Age of Transfer for the Poole area changed from September 2013, resulting in Middle schools becoming Junior schools. Oakdale was renamed Oakdale Junior School, educating pupils from age 7-11 at Key Stage 2.  The school has undergone extensive building work to accommodate this move, providing new and improved classrooms, enabling class sizes to be reduced, new bike and scooter shelters, and outdoor learning areas amongst just a few.

 

All pupils from Year 3 upwards, are able to benefit from our specialist facilities, including the use of our science, technology, food technology, art, music and ICT rooms.
 
Our superb playing field was constructed to national playing fields standards and an agreement with Borough of Poole ensures that the field is available not only to our pupils but also to a wide range of community sporting groups, including Poole Town Football Club, who have adopted it as their home ground.

Our school logo

Our new school logo was inspired by our children. They designed logos they wanted to represent their school. There was an overwhelming for acorns and leaves which were used when deciding the final design.