At OAKLEY HOUSE HIGH SCHOOL we aim to offer sympathetic assistance to learners whose learning difficulties affect their ability to achieve their potential in a mainstream classroom, our priority being to restore confidence and to develop a positive attitude to learning by providing specialised teaching within an atmosphere of support and understanding for each learner’s specific needs. We do this in the context of following the CAPS curriculum.
We focus on emotional well-being, the building of independence, supporting learners in their area of need, and academics with a view to a Matric pass according to the CAPS curriculum.

Our focus is the following:
  • To rebuild self esteem
  • To foster an enjoyment of learning
  • To provide a complete education
  • To help each learner identify his or her own goals
  • To identify and reach potential in strengths
  • To remedy weaknesses
  • To promote study proficiency
  • To improve inferential and higher order thinking skills
  • To improve organisational skills
  • To teach self-regulation
  • To motivate each learner
  • To stretch without overstretching
  • Criteria for acceptance
    Applicants should be of average cognitive ability, or above, and must have an assessment from an educational psychologist – not older than two years – indicating that they have Specific Learning Difficulties. As a small specialist school with a very limited number of places, we carefully assess the suitability of each learner before making a decision as to whether we can offer a place. Oakley House High School will not offer any learner a place unless the staff feels confident that they can help him or her. Oakley House High School will not accept learners who have emotional or behavioural problems which might seriously inhibit their progress or compromise the learning of others.

    Assessments
    Apart from the psycho-educational assessment (to determine potential), it may also be necessary for a learner to have a scholastic assessment (to determine actual functioning) on enrolment. If deemed necessary, a Speech and Language Therapy assessment may also be requested. All assessments are additional costs. If your child has had any of these assessments within the last 12 months, copies of the written reports are required.

    Curriculum
    Oakley House High School follows the National Curriculum (CAPS) for Grades 7 - 12.

    The compulsory subjects for Grades 10, 11, 12 are:
    English Home Language
    Afrikaans First Additional Language
    Mathematics OR Mathematics Literacy
    Life Orientation
    Physical Education

    The subject choices (learners choose 3) offered for Grade 10, 11, 12 are:
    Business Studies
    Computer Applications Technology (CAT)
    Tourism
    Life Sciences
    Physical Sciences
    Visual Arts
    Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD)
    Design
    History
    Information Technology (IT)
    (Visual Arts, Design, EGD and IT are offered off campus by external service providers in the afternoons)

    Specialised therapy
    We offer counselling sessions with our in-house registered counsellor to address the social, emotional and behavioural needs of our learners.
    When necessary, we refer learners off campus for more specialised therapy. As these therapists work in their private capacity, fees and payments would be a private arrangement between therapist and parents.

    Extra-curricular activities
    Oakley House High School offers supervised homework classes from Mondays to Fridays, as follows:
    Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 15h00 - 16h00
    Wednesdays 14h30 - 15h30
    Fridays 13h15 - 14h15
    Learners are expected to sign up for a Club of their choice that meets in the Wednesday Utility Period. Example: EcoClub, Photography, Current Affairs, Choir, Outdoor, Paws and Claws, etc.
    In addition, there are also a number of ‘paid for’ extra murals offered by external service providers in the afternoons. To date we have had: Drama, Hip Hop, Self Defence, Computer Club, etc.
    Supplementary Lessons are provided for those learners needing extra support. All sessions take place after school during the week. These are mostly geared towards the core subjects in the GET Phase, and whichever subjects teachers feel need intervention in the FET phase.

    Specialist staff
    All staff are SACE registered and carefully selected for their expertise and ability to understand our learners. Staff receive training and support in teaching learners with specific learning difficulties. Regular training sessions are conducted by our in-house specialist training coordinator.

    Teacher / child ratio – Grades 7 to 12
    Small classes ensure individual attention and a caring and supportive environment.
    A ratio of 1:12 in Grade 7 and 1:15 in Grades 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 enables teachers to work towards developing each learner’s strengths as well as guiding them to use compensatory strategies to overcome areas of weakness.

    Homework
    Homework reinforces the work done in class, it alerts the teacher to work that is not fully understood and it teaches independence and self discipline. It is an important part of educating the whole child. Parents are asked to support homework to the degree necessary and to sign homework diaries. A scheduled plan of homework ensures that the burden is spread and no learner is expected to do more than the daily maximum, provided they keep up with project work and assignments. Homework must return to school each morning so that follow-up can take place. Homework is recorded in a Learner Planner, which doubles up as a valuable form of daily communication.

    Medication
    The normal procedure is for any necessary medication to be given by parents at home. However arrangements can be made for special circumstances to prevail – as in the administering of Ritalin for example. Where it is agreed that medication is kept and administered at Oakley House High School, a relating schedule will be completed and signed by the administering staff member.

    Uniform
    Oakley House High School learners wear a comfortable uniform which can be purchased from the school’s secretary and School and Leisure in Rondebosch. There is no summer and winter uniform; learners can choose which items are the most comfortable.

    Snacks and lunches
    Oakley House has a tuckshop that operates on a Friday at break. The tuckshop offers what we consider to be healthier option and pre-orders are available.
    Please note that learners are responsible for their own food choices but sugary foods and drinks are not permitted.
    Learners are encouraged to have a bottle of water with them each day. We believe that a learner’s diet has a direct influence on his or her ability to concentrate effectively.

    Discipline
    It is essential that all learners at Oakley House High School are made aware of the importance of good, well-mannered behaviour. A Code of Conduct and an incentive/encouragement (Merit) and sanction scheme (Demerit/Detention) are signed by learners and parents and every effort is made to reinforce whatever school rules are in place at the time.
    Generally speaking we believe that action and reminders to prevent poor behaviour are much more desirable and effective than a stream of punishments. The learners are always encouraged to take ownership of their behaviour and to help devise solutions to any problems that arise.

    Stationery
    Parents are required to provide their learner’s personal stationery items, for example pens, pencils, colouring pencils, notebooks, files, as well as all textbooks and workbooks required in the grade. A stationery list is available on enrolment. A separate photocopying levy is payable each year and this goes towards costs of individual printing and academic hand-outs and modules throughout the year.
    All learners are required to have their own Apple iPad. 

    School calendar
    Oakley House operates according to the WCED school calendar unless otherwise informed.

    Notice period
    Should parents wish to withdraw their child from Oakley House High, written notice must be given not later than the first week of the learner’s proposed final term, failing which the fees for the following term will be payable in full, whether or not the learner returns to school.

    OAKLEY HOUSE HIGH SCHOOL reserves the right to make amendments to the above information from time to time as and when the need arises.

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