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Oakley House School is a reputable, well-established school in the Southern Suburbs. In January 2023, Oakley House opened a preparatory campus in Durbanville.

Oakley House children have the ability to access an academic curriculum, but need specialised support to do so. These children include those with a diagnosis of ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, sensory processing difficulties, anxiety, and high functioning ASD.

Our small class sizes, with a maximum of 10 children in each class, and a teaching staff who are specialised in Learning Support, ensure a bespoke approach to the learning of each child placed in our care.

Multidisciplinary consultation with specialists such as Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Physiotherapists and Counsellors ensures that we develop as comprehensive an understanding as possible of the strengths and challenges of each child.

This leads to the development of a dynamic and specialised Individual Educational Plan (IEP) which is used to guide the team to support each child to reach their full learning potential.

Personal development is at the core of all of our teaching

We support our children with:

developing friendships

having positive and productive interactions

developing their self-image, confidence and self-esteem

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Catherine Fourie – Oakley House Durbanville Preparatory School Principal

Catherine Fourie

Catherine Fourie has used her B Ed Honours degree in Educational Management, which she achieved cum laude, and her remedial qualification to great advantage throughout her career both as a teacher, and as a Head. Catherine had taught in the public and private school sector for over 15 years before accepting the Headship at Oakley House Plumstead in 2010. After 8 years, she was offered the Headship at Reddam House Preparatory in Durbanville. However, after four years there, she realised that the special needs environment was her true passion and calling, and she was delighted to be offered the opportunity to launch our brand new Oakley House Preparatory School in Durbanville in 2023.

She would welcome the opportunity to show you around the Murray Street campus, and to answer any questions you might have!

Answering your questions

Which curriculum do you follow?

Oakley House School follows the National CAPS curriculum which has been adapted to suit our learner’s needs. This allows for transition back into mainstream schools should the learner be ready to do so.

How big are your classes?

Small classes ensures individual attention and a caring and supportive environment.

A ratio of 1:10 in our classes enables teachers to work towards developing each learner’s strengths as well as guiding them to use compensatory strategies to overcome areas of weakness.

Do you allow facilitators?

We allow facilitators when a child needs greater individual assistance than our small classes offer. The type and extent of facilitation is decided on an individual basis and comes at an additional cost. Facilitators are required to be Oakley House staff.

Do you have an extra mural programme?

Oakley House Durbanville offers a variety of extra mural activities in the afternoons.

Do you give 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 required to supervise and assist their child wherever necessary. It is essential that reading takes place each evening and we issue specific guidelines to parents on how to listen to reading. Reading and workbooks must return to school each morning so that follow-up can take place. The homework diary is a valuable means of two-way communication between parent and teacher and must be checked for messages on a daily basis.

What snacks and lunches are allowed at school?

We believe that a child’s diet has a direct influence on his or her ability to concentrate effectively. Teachers carefully monitor the lunch boxes to ensure that none of the following is brought to school:

  • Sandwich fillings with too much sugar e.g. jams, chocolate spreads
  • Sweets, cakes, chips, etc.
  • Fizzy drinks, Oros, flavoured milk, juice, etc.

Our children are only allowed to drink water at school and parents are required to provide a labelled water bottle for this purpose. Exceptions to the above may be made for birthday celebrations, but this must be prearranged and will be at the teacher’s discretion.

What is your approach to discipline?

It is essential that all children at Oakley House are made aware of the importance of good, well-mannered behaviour. Oakley House has a Code of Conduct and an incentive/encouragement scheme 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 children are always encouraged to take ownership of their behaviour and to help devise solutions to any problems that arise.

What are your school hours?

The school gate is open from 07h30 each day with adult supervision on the playground.

Grade 1, 2 & F ALP

  • Monday to Friday: 08h00 – 13h00

Grade 3

  • Monday to Thursday: 08h00 – 14h30
  • Friday: 08h00 – 13h00

Grade 4-6 & I ALP

  • Monday to Thursday: 07h50 – 14h30
  • Friday: 07h50 – 13h30

Is there an aftercare facility?

Our aftercare service runs from Monday to Friday until 16h30. A penalty equal to the daily aftercare rate is payable for late collection.

We do not offer holiday care.

Which school calendar do you follow?

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