Oaklands School provides education for children and young people with complex, long term additional support needs where the presumption of mainstream cannot be met and require a significantly modified learning environment. Needs of learners are primarily associated with learning disability and significant visual / sensory, health and medical needs.
The school serves a wide area with pupils attending from throughout the city of Edinburgh and the Lothians.
In 2006 Oaklands School moved to its present location on Ferry Road. It is a purpose built building on one level which caters for children and young people from 3 – 18 years.
Facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, soft play room and multi-sensory room as well as dedicated art, music, drama and home economics. An overhead tracking system means that all rooms are accessible for children in wheelchairs. There are medical and dental treatment rooms. A dentist and dental hygienist regularly visit the school.
Keycomm, a citywide resource exists to help people with communication impairments, make use of technology to contribute to and control their environment. This resource is based and used extensively by our school as is Kidzcare, a holiday play scheme which is offered to all of our school aged pupils.
There are currently 4 classes in the primary, and 3 in the secondary. Class sizes are small and well-staffed with typically a teacher, 2 nursery nurses and 2 pupil support assistants in each class. The school currently has a role of 52 pupils.
Physiotherapy, speech and language, occupational therapy as well as health and dental services are all based in Oaklands. The therapists and education staff work closely together to secure the best outcomes for our pupils. The school doctor, orthotist and consultant medical and visual paediatricians hold regular clinics in school.