Head Teacher’s Welcome, Our Ethos and Vision

‘Hazel Oak is an outstanding school where pupils are happy and learn exceptionally well, and where staff ensure that they are safe.’  Ofsted Report, March 2014

‘Hazel Oak School is not just a special school; it’s a remarkable school’ (His Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Solihull, Joe Tildesley, July 2013)

Welcome to Hazel Oak School’s website. I am privileged to be Head Teacher of a unique school, which caters for pupils and students aged 4-18 years who have a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) for moderate learning difficulties; a growing number of our children also have an autistic spectrum condition. In February 2014 Ofsted judged us to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas of our work, but we are always striving for further improvements. The next 18 months are an exciting time for Hazel Oak as we expand our provision and capacity to meet the needs of children with learning difficulties.

What do we aim to achieve for your child? We pride ourselves on placing the child at the heart of our approach to education, ensuring that learning is personalised according to individual needs; this is achieved with the support of a dedicated and skilled team of staff, well supported by our Governing Body, parents and other professionals. Academic achievements are an important part of educational success, but only form one aspect of our ethos and approach; our vision is to maximise every child’s potential to ensure each individual leaves us feeling confident, able to live as independently as possible and ready for employment so that they can make a purposeful contribution to society. We do this by equipping each individual with the skills, knowledge and confidence required to progress to the next stage of their life journey.

Our relationship with parents is especially important so that we can work together to achieve the very best for the young people entrusted to our care. We encourage two-way communication so that we can provide consistency for your child and share our goals.

This website may be your first experience of Hazel Oak and I hope it gives you the information you are looking for. I would encourage you to contact us and arrange a visit (held regularly) where you will be able to gain first-hand experience of our school, helping you decide whether Hazel Oak is the right environment for your child – one of the most important decisions you will have to make.

I look forward to meeting you. 

  • Andy Simms
  • Head Teacher