Back in the summer, the school received a visit from Ofsted and was delighted to be told that it is a 'Good' school. The inspectors praised Principal Maggie Segrove for her strong and effective leadership, saying Oakbank was on 'an upward trajectory'.
They also commended the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes for pupils, and personal development, behaviour and welfare. The full report is available to view on the school's website but here are just a few excerpts:
'Relationships between leaders, staff and pupils are very positive and there is a warmth and generosity of spirit which shines through.'
'Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves through skilful questioning and they set to work quickly and eagerly. They are given demanding work to do and they rise to the challenge. They enjoy working together and the strong relationships between peers and between teachers and pupils result in faster progress.'
'The school has a strong moral purpose and pupils are expected to give back to their community.'
'During break and lunchtimes pupils mingle happily together. They are polite and mature in their dealings with each other, staff and visitors.'
Mrs Segrove said: "During their visit, the inspectors saw a true reflection of what takes place here each and every day, and I'm proud they recognised good practice across the board. We are already looking to the future with strategies that will set us on the journey to Outstanding.
"Being Principal of Oakbank continues to be a real privilege and this Ofsted judgement recognises that we have what every school would wish for; a highly-skilled and dedicated team of staff, a supportive and committed parent body and last but not least, happy, hardworking, well-mannered students!"
To share the good news, staff organised a surprise afternoon of celebration for the students. There was a live band, games and inflatables to play on, a barbeque and an ice cream van. One student remarked: "I'll remember this day for the rest of my life. Oakbank is the best school!"
The school opened in 2012 following a campaign led by a group of local parents, known as the West of Wokingham Parent Group.
Following the introduction of the government's free school initiative, the group developed the concept of the school. The founding vision had the community at its heart; providing a rigorous academic curriculum and a strong pastoral ethos to every student.
The proposal received overwhelming support from the local community and was approved by the Department for Education in 2011. Like other schools in the Borough, Oakbank follows the National Curriculum and school admissions are managed through the local authority.