Dear Mr. Fisher,
This is Matt, I’m the father of Mackenzie
I wanted to drop a quick note of gratitude to you and to all of your staff at the wonderful school that is Oakridge. Mackenzie has enjoyed every moment of his Oakridge journey and has been provided with a world-class education and experience. My partner (Trisha) and I couldn’t be happier. It seems like only yesterday that we waited nervously to find out if Mackenzie had a place in Oakridge, we punched the air in celebration when we found out he had got a place as we knew Oakridge was the right school for Mackenzie. From his start in reception through to his final day he wanted to be at school every day, learning new things, working hard but having fun, whilst spending time with his friends and reaching for the stars.
Thanks for the opportunities you and your staff provided to grow his learning, his confidence and his positive attitude. Also, thanks for the kind words of encouragement and inspiration you’ve always given him. Do you know he’s known as Macca wholly down to you calling him that? Your influence will last a lifetime in more ways than one!
There are so many high-points that Mackenzie has enjoyed, from being the 'star that couldn’t shine' in nativity through to playing Kenickie in Grease. Mackenzie loves to perform, he lights up when he’s on stage. We had one parent say that they’re going to keep hold of the Grease programme with Mackenzie’s name in it, as it will be worth a fortune when he’s famous. Nobody knows the future but it would be beautifully poetic if he becomes a star of the stage given his first role was that of a star that couldn’t shine. No matter what he does, or doesn’t do, he will always be a star to us.
He got a huge lift in being selected for the cross country team in Y5 and Y6, and then the cricket team in Y6. He has been a late bloomer in terms of his sporting ability, but as a result of these selections his confidence has grown enormously.
Oakridge has been brilliant for Mackenzie and we are truly sad that Mackenzie’s journey has come to an end. We’re also forever thankful that Mackenzie will take the memories of Oakridge with him. The learning foundation he’s enjoyed gives him a huge advantage moving onto high school.
I know you’re a fan of music and our music tastes are very similar. With this in mind I quote Ian Brown at the last gig the Stone Roses performed in Scotland “Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy that it happened”, I can think of a no more appropriate quote to sum up how we feel.
Have a wonderful summer break. We look forward to seeing you again in September where our other little star, Kitty, continues on her own Oakridge journey.
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
Dear Mr Fisher
Thank you so much for your commitment time and dedication to supporting Amelia’s academic performance since she joined Oakridge. I have been in total admiration of the hours that your staff put into helping the children in your care ‘Reach for the stars’. Much of this hard work is unseen but the results are clearly evident in the confident, well behaved, and bright children. Please pass on my thanks and gratitude to your staff for teaching Amelia new things even those which seemed unattainable for her. I will certainly miss Oakridge but I will be peaceful knowing Amelia was given such a great start at Oakridge. You are all truly inspirational!
Dear Mr Fisher
We wanted to write to say thank you for everything you and your staff have done for our girls over the years.
We could not have asked for any more, and it is very difficult to find words to describe how grateful we are for the support and encouragement they have both received.
Oakridge has given them the best start in life and in particular, your commitment to offering them wonderful enrichment activities is a real credit to you in times of ever decreasing budgets.
Put simply, it is a terrific school with a terrific set of values, due directly to your passion to help them 'Reach for the Stars'.
Dear Mr Fisher,
What a week we’ve had. Oakridge never fails to surprise me and I am honoured to have been part of this week’s celebrations for Reece’s last week at Oakridge.
I am so glad that Charlie is still at Oakridge so we’re not saying goodbye for good.
I would like to thank you for your support to Reece throughout his primary school years, you are truly an inspirational head teacher as are your staff and he will miss you greatly.
Hope you have a great summer holiday.
All the best.
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!
Dear Mr. Fisher,
We would just like to say a massive thank you to you and all of the Oakridge staff for the amazing education and primary school experience that Rebecca, and Daniel before her, have received at Oakridge. We have so many great memories from the past eleven years. This has been an emotional, wonderful final week, the Grease production was outstanding and last night's leavers assembly was so lovely.
Once again, thank you so much!
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!!
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,
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.
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!
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
Dear Mr Fisher
Thank you so much for your commitment time and dedication to supporting Amelia’s academic performance since she joined Oakridge. I have been in total admiration of the hours that your staff put into helping the children in your care ‘Reach for the Stars’. Much of this hard work is unseen but the results are clearly evident in the confident, well behaved, and bright children. Please pass on my thanks and gratitude to your staff for teaching Amelia new things even those which seemed unattainable for her. I will certainly miss Oakridge but I will be peaceful knowing Amelia was given such a great start at Oakridge. You are all truly inspirational!
Dear Mr Fisher
I cannot believe that our time at Oakridge has come to an end. We can’t thank you enough for the outstanding and inspirational teaching that both Millie and Joe have received. Oakridge and everyone who works there will have a special place in all our hearts. We will all miss you but I know that whenever I hear (or sing) Reach for the stars, I will smile!
Thank you for everything, you have been the best headteacher.
To Mr Fisher
We just wanted to say thank you so much for everything you have done for our children – Amber, Harvey and Ruby over the past 16 years.
You are truly ‘one in a million’ and a headteacher they will never forget.
Oakridge Primary will always have a special place in our hearts and theirs and they will always remember to ‘reach for the stars.’
Emma and Mark Challinor
Dear Mr Fisher and all the staff at Oakridge
We just wanted to express our deep appreciation for the way the staff at Oakridge continue to put so much in to bringing out the best in each and every pupil.
It has been especially noticed during this unusual, challenging period and everyone of you goes ‘above and beyond’ to give the children such an outstanding opportunity to fulfil their potential.
Your inspirational leadership and the dedication of each member of staff is truly a living example of the school motto… ‘Reach for the stars’!
Thank you for the positive differences you make to so many lives, everyday.
With best regards form
Bradley and Naomi Gilliland
I’d just like to express our gratitude to Mr Fisher and all the staff today. In such odd circumstances, I felt the whole experience of a ‘very different school day’ was handled with care, compassion and professionalism. Both children were so excited leaving home today for school and are equally excited to go back tomorrow :)
Thank you for making their day as ‘normal’ as possible and for putting your fears aside to educated in a really positive way.
Mr and Mrs Van Den Broecke
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you've done to make the return to school such a positive experience for both Chloë and Jack.
As I mentioned to Mrs Paynter on the gate yesterday, they were SO excited about coming in yesterday - they were acting as if they were going on holiday!!
To see the beaming smile on Jack's face when I collected them was just so, so reassuring and lovely. He excitedly told me about the bee/wasp nest in the outdoor area and how 'awesome' it was!
Chloë couldn't stop talking about all the amazing learning experiences she'd had with you Mrs Charlton - the senses learning, taste test (she LOVED that) and sound test. She thought the little 'friend' on her desk was such a lovely touch, and she also said it was brilliant how Mr Fisher talked through the walkie-talkie :-)
I just wanted to let you all know that it doesn't go unnoticed. We massively appreciate all the hard work and extra time you all put in to make the children so happy. With providing amazing home learning to the other children on top of that too! It's insane how much you're all doing at the moment.
Thanks again and see you all this week at some point.
Hi Mr Fisher,
Thank you for your email regarding the potential partial re-opening of school. May I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the positive and uplifting approach in handling the current situation. The genuine care shown to all children, to progress with their studies through clear guidance and support, and the humour and fun all the staff have shared with the school community, has been incredible. We are very lucky and appreciative of belonging to such a lovely school.
I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all your hard work, tremendous effort and support during the lockdown. The home learning has been amazing. We have so enjoyed the videos, presentations and activities.
We are probably the largest family in Oakridge, with four children in different year groups to home school. It certainly has been a challenge ! I am very grateful for all your ongoing support.
The smile video is amazing and really made us all smile. It is a true reflection of the fantastic and talented team of staff at Oakridge. You are a wonderful group of individuals who together make Oakridge what is ...... a fantastic school for our children.