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Dear Mr Fisher

So impressed was I with the behaviour and attitude of your Year 5 and 6 pupils when they visited us at Birmingham Botanical gardens last week, that I felt necessary to write and congratulate your school and ask you to pass on my congratulations to the pupils in question.

They were all so excited and enthusiastic and their behaviour and attitude was impeccable as they remained engaged throughout. Furthermore, they were all extremely polite and courteous to members of the public, Garden’s staff and other school children as they undertook activities around the site.

Dear Mr Fisher

I’ve been meaning to drop you a line for ages.  Pretty much since Matt and Kate left Oakridge which was in 2011.  I know you are always interested in past pupils and am hoping that you remember them?  I just want to share their success with you as I believe it in no small part reflects the fantastic few years they had at Oakridge.

They are now in Y12 at Walton and both are taking Maths, Biology and Physics.  Matt has added Chemistry and General Studies to his haul too.  Both did brilliantly in their GSCEs, with Matt getting 12 A*s and Katie 10 A*s and 2 As.  Matt was top student and Katie second.  We really couldn’t have asked for any more than that.  Neither are quite sure what they want to do when they finish A levels – Katie possibly accountancy, Matt probably aeronautical engineering.

Matt still does as much sport as he can.  He played football, cricket and rugby for the school and continues with his club memberships too.  Katie enjoys exercise in general and last year won the ladies U21 Stafford 10k race.  They both like socialising and have a nice circle of friends (quite a few ex Oakridge pupils amongst them), hold down part-time jobs, are currently leaning to drive and we are told by others they are well mannered and lovely to be around.  They are not perfect – we have many a tantrum and teenage strop and they squabble nonstop – but they are well rounded individuals who fill us with immeasurable joy and pride.

The main purpose of this note was not to brag too much about my children (although I have done a pretty good job with that …..) but to thank you and your team for the amazing start which Oakridge gave them.  We are so grateful they had the opportunity to attend your school and the key values which they took away – a positive attitude, reach for the stars and of course the 4 R’s – will stay with them and stand them in good stead throughout their lives.

We still follow with interest what is happening at the school and are delighted with its continued success.

Wishing you all the very best

Warm regards

Sue Phelines

Hi Mrs Holland

Your year 5’s were an absolute pleasure to teach yesterday. I am so glad that they enjoyed themselves and the biscuits. They were so well behaved, well-mannered and worked extremely hard. They should be very proud of themselves. Thank you for bringing such lovely students to us and for arranging the visit. I do hope we can do similar in the future with you.

Thank you for checking regarding the use of pictures. I will endeavour to try to put up a small display before the end of term and also to write a little newsletter article. I may just take you up on some more pictures nearer the time thank you.

I hope all the students enjoyed eating their wonderful biscuits at home last night.

Tracy – Walton High School

Dear Mr Fisher,

We would like to thank all the staff at Oakridge for dedicating such time, energy and effort into Milly's education.

During her time at Oakridge Milly has been encouraged, supported and challenged. She has been given endless opportunities to enrich her learning, show her strengths and be inspired.

Milly is leaving Oakridge with a love of learning, belief in herself and a desire to succeed. We couldn't ask for anymore. (Apart from an Oakridge High School!!)

Enjoy a well earned break!

Liz and Ashley Holland

Mr Fisher,

I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity given to Greg at Oakridge.

This week Greg has been the most talkative in a long time, giving me lots of animated information about his day - this is most unusual, I dont usually hear much about his day at Walton. Its just wonderful to hear and see him so driven even to getting up in the morning, he clearly looks forward to his day at Oakridge.

I know that Greg has valued this time at your school and I just wanted to say thank you!

Regards

Theresa Newman

Dear Mr Fisher and all the Staff,

Please pass on our compliments to all the staff and children for the amazing concert tonight.

For the first time in many years, I stood on the balcony. Spellbound. When you closed your eyes you felt like the childrens' voices could literally lift you; they rebounded off the rafters and sent a shiver down your spine!

A very memorable last performance! Thank you!

Enjoy a well deserved relaxing break!

Deb and Mark Ryde

Dear Mr Fisher

Please will you thank the children from Year 5 and 6 for giving us a very memorable and happy day on Remembrance Day. The song and singing by your soloist was very moving and captured the spirit of the day.

My husband and I were very impressed by the interest and knowledge shown by the children and their enthusiasm following their recent visit to London and the museum.

Thank you to James Lunn for inviting us and to all the staff who organised the day so well and the lovely lunch.

Yours sincerely

Roger and Pat Ashton

Dear Mr Fisher,  
I just wanted to say how absolutely wonderful the Foundation Nativity was today. I was so moved and astonished by the quality of the performance. Well done to everyone involved, it's given me back my Christmas mojo!  It was truly one of the best experiences of my life!!-Thank you.  
I would also really like to say a big thank you to you and all the nursery staff in making Amelie so happy and settled in at school. She absolutely loves it and it means the world to me to be able to leave her each day and be at work knowing she is safe and happy where she is. She has told me she loves all of her teachers and I know she really means it. She now has such a passion for learning and thanks to you and your wonderful staff, she has the very best start in life.  
Thank you again and Merry Christmas!!  

Best wishes

Tracie

Dear Mr Fisher,

Just a quick note to say thank you for another great year at Oakridge. Olivia and Freddie have thoroughly enjoyed their year and have made great progress. We very much appreciate the staff and the way the school is run.  
Have a great break,

Simon & Wendy Bonney

Dear Mr Fisher

As we near the end of Heather’s time at Oakridge I would like to thank you and all of the Oakridge staff for what can only be described as an outstanding level of educational, learning and extracurricular activities.    

The decision to move Heather from a very good local school was not taken lightly and she may well have achieved the same or similar results in her SATS had she remained.  However, what Oakridge has given her is much wider than SATS attainment – it has enabled her to build a firm foundation for learning that she will take with her throughout her life, and which I’m certain she will find invaluable whilst at Walton and beyond.  Oakridge has also encouraged her to build on her strengths, but more importantly she has learnt to recognise the areas that needed some development, and to develop strategies and the resilience she needed to cope with challenges.   

It was evident from the prospective parent visit to the school we attended back in 2007 that Oakridge could offer something that I’d not seen in any other school.  The sheer will and determination of every member of staff at Oakridge to recognise each individual child’s talents and enable them to develop and flourish seems almost tangible.  Coupled with this, I’ve seen at first hand that all staff are also passionate about their own learning and development and they are enthusiastic to share their knowledge and skills.   

Parents aren’t left out of the equation either as the school goes to a lot of trouble to encourage parents to actively participate in their child’s learning.  So I have also enjoyed learning about topics as diverse as the Crimean War, Global Warming, the Easter uprising, Stafford, Liverpool and the slave trade (although perhaps I now know more about Liverpool FC than I really wanted to!). I’ve even found myself using the four Rs at work and learnt that it’s never too late to start being reflective; “manage your distractions” has also become a common phrase in the Wilson household!   
I firmly believe that Oakridge is a unique learning community infusing a joy of learning.  It has been such a pleasure to see Heather’s development over the last four years, and I feel privileged and proud that my children have attended Oakridge.    

Once again, thank you.  

Regards

Sue Wilson

Hello Mr Fisher 

Thank for another great visit to your school, I always come out smiling and it confirms my view of what the experience should be like for all children. 
I read the blue posters as I drank my tea and thought wouldn't it be great if we had the power to ensure all children had a 'Disney Land' experience of education. Read all the messages in your entrance hall and believe in them yourself! 
Regards 

Jenny

Dear Mr Fisher

Can we take this opportunity to say thank you to you and your staff for your hard work and dedication in creating what Meg said was an 'amazing experience.' Children at Oakridge are very fortunate to have the enrichment you provide.  
Regards and best wishes  

Alison and Adrian Colclough

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