Oak House School is a private, co-educational school, situated in Sarrià, in the north of Barcelona. The school is a Non-Profit Foundation with a Board of Governors. The Board is comprised of seven parents, elected through the Parents’ Association.
The Oak House School teaching staff is composed of 106 educators (teachers and teaching assistants) and has a low turnover rate (2% per year in the previous two years). The average tenure is 11 years and in the last three years the staff has been increased by 13% due to the International Baccalaureate offer and more coverage of educational needs.
A considerable part of the whole-school budget is allocated to continual professional development. At Oak House information gleaned from an individual training course is cascaded to colleagues so that everyone benefits from the course.
A key objective at Oak House School is to support and develop effective teaching and learning and help staff to improve their practice through self-reflection based on evidence, and high quality training and professional development opportunities. We encourage our teachers to be reflective practitioners and engage in research which promotes excellence in teaching and learning. We also support Bachillerato and IB teachers in collaborating with universities and business schools because these enrich our knowledge, offer us updated content for our students and a different approach to many topics.
We currently have 1050 pupils on roll, aged between 3 and 18 years. We aim to help and motivate each and all pupils to fulﬁll their individual academic potential and to fully develop their personal, social and emotional skills.
Oak House School pupils develop into self conﬁdent, honest individuals, who strive to achieve their personal best, have a positive attitude, a sense of social responsibility and a tolerant, respectful attitude towards others. This is achieved through a strong home-school partnership, which we believe is an essential element in the education of our pupils, and regular contact is maintained between tutors and parents.
Pupils are supported by their class tutor and individual subject
teachers. The class tutor monitors each pupil’s academic
progress and deals with any personal or social issues which may
arise. The tutor provides the main link between the home and
school and ensures that parents are well informed about their
son/daughter’s academic progress and emotional well-being in
The school psychologist provides pupils and families with
additional social and emotional support when necessary.
Pupils with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) are monitored and
supported by the ALN coordinators.
Technology is used at Oak House School to support and enhance learning whenever appropriate. We teach our pupils the skills that they will need in an ever-developing technological world. However, we also recognise that teachers and parents play essential roles in ensuring that students are not over-dependent on technology, in either their learning or their social interactions. Classrooms and laboratories are equipped with the latest technologies and all pupils have individual access to a variety of devices.
The Global Partnerships programme oﬀers Secondary pupils the opportunity to study abroad in international schools for a period of up to 12 weeks. It is a demanding programme, both at an academic and social level and participating students are motivated to achieve excellent grades as well as growing personally. We currently have agreements signed with schools in the USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa and our aim is to include more schools into the project each year.
The education which pupils receive at Oak House School both inﬂuences, and is a reﬂection of the values we promote and the type of society in which we wish to live. At Oak House School we aim to give every pupil the conﬁdence to have a go and try their best.
Our P.S.H.E. programme develops the emotional well-being of our pupils through the study of themes such as: Being me in my world; Celebrating diﬀerence; Dreams and Goals; Healthy me; Relationships and Changing me. Secondary pupils also attend workshops led by external specialists related to these areas.
In both Primary and Secondary, pupils follow a peer tutoring programme, designed as a measure to prevent conﬂict and bullying in the school environment.
We encourage our pupils to develop a sense of social responsibility and to have a tolerant, respectful attitude towards others.
One of the ways in which we do this is to support both local and international charities, such UNICEF. Our pupils and families are involved in a variety of fundraising initiatives throughout the year.
Secondary, Bachillerato and International Baccalaureate students also take part in a range of community service projects.
Sport is a fundamental part of the educational oﬀer at Oak House School. The values developed through team sports are considered to be extremely important and pupils are encouraged to join the school football, basketball and gymnastics teams.
All food is prepared on the school premises and our menus are carefully monitored by a nutritionist. Vegetarian and adapted menus are also oﬀered.
In Early Years and Primary, Oak House School is fully authorised as a British School in Spain. The authorisation is awarded following a rigorous inspection by British inspectors and certification by the British Council.
The Oak House School Secondary department complies fully with the requirements of the Catalan education system, with a continuing focus on English. Our secondary pupils are also prepared for Cambridge IGCSE exams in English, in a range of subjects.
In the ﬁnal two years of their schooling, Oak House pupils have the choice of following the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, taught fully in English, or of following the trilingual Bachillerato programme, taught in Spanish, Catalan and English. Preparation for Cambridge English language exams is also oﬀered to all students at Advanced and Proﬁciency levels.
The high quality of teaching, the care and attention aﬀorded to each pupil and the wide range of resources provided, are all factors which deﬁne Oak House School. Our teachers are committed professionals who take advantage of regular professional development opportunities, which promote the best practice from the British, International Baccalaureate and Catalan education systems.
Oak House School is involved in many green projects, all of which are run by our Eco-Committee, composed of ecologically aware pupils and staﬀ.
Pupil monitors are responsible for recycling, composting, and gardening. and the monitoring of energy use within the school.