Residential Overview


 Statement of Purpose 2016-2017 nov update.pdf

Oaklands Park is a very special Community School for children and young people who have complex learning difficulties. Our residences are part of the residential special school and operate with the National Minimum standards for Residentail Special Schools. We can offer either termly or weekly resdiential placements within the normal school year. Our students are aged between 3 and 19 years and all live in Devon or in our neighbouring authorities Torbay and Plymouth.

We can offer:

  • Day time education 
  • Weekly boarding 
  • Termly boarding

Our aim in class and residence is to provide a range of learning and care programmes which help children to develop important skills and to grow in confidence as individuals. Everything we do stems from their individual learning and care needs.

We have a staff of over 100 people who are all dedicated to making Oaklands Park a wonderful learning and caring environment. We have teachers, residential care workers, teaching assistants, a speech and language therapist and an occupational therapist. We have a school nurse, a pastoral support worker, administrative, catering and premises staff, all working on our campus on a daily basis.


The school has excellent facilities on campus as this website will demonstrate. We have a range of modern residences and classrooms (and some older ones, too!). On our site we have an indoor swimming pool, sensory rooms, adventure play areas, woods and an allotment, music, art and technology facilities and much else besides. We have excellent links with local mainstream schools and colleges, and we make full use of the Dawlish Youth Centre (Red Rock) for students during the day and in the evenings. Children and young people make the most of community based facilities, including horse riding and the donkey sanctuary, leisure centres, cafes, supermarkets and restaurants.

We are very proud of what we offer and what our young people can achieve. W very much follow the whole school ethos of "everyday we live and learn together". If you think we can be of help to you, we look forward to hearing from you.