North Chadderton

The Oak Trust will provide excellence in teaching, learning and leadership development.
This will be based on safe, inclusive practice which inspires and challenges everyone.
The Oak Trust

Ethos, Culture & Character

North Chadderton School is built on an ethos and culture of success and aspiration for every single student whatever their background or ability.


The school’s mission statement is “Transforming lives through the power of education”.

This is echoed in our high-quality learning offer and during unstructured time - at break and lunchtimes as well as before and after school, where a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities are available to every student.

We aim to ensure all students leave us being ‘work ready and life ready’, whatever their ability. This means not only having achieved their fullest academic potential but have also had the opportunities to develop skills and attributes that will enable them to fly in the future.

We work hard on developing the skills of ‘Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Independence and Communication’ as these are essential tools for life. The school focusses strongly on developing the character and skill set of all students so that they can apply their knowledge and understanding effectively and are fully prepared for the next phase of their education.

The school invests heavily in the growth and development of all its workforce. We strongly promote ’One Team’ working hard to support each other. The ethos of staff development is reinforced by a weekly offer of continuing professional development designed to respond to key school priorities.  The school wants to secure its success by promoting a culture of investment, growth and development within its staff so they are prepared for the next phase of their careers.

Successful education is about working in close partnership with our students and providing a personalised educational pathway for each one of them, whatever their ability, so that they can achieve success throughout their time at the school. Our guarantee is that we prepare each student for life after school by offering a relevant curriculum so that they have an excellent learning offer in its widest sense. Our aim is to ensure every student is “school ready, work ready and life ready.”

In conclusion, the school is focused on developing student and staff leadership at every single level. It strives to embed growth mindset, opportunity, aspiration and success so that every student and every adult employed in the school to simply “be the best that they can be”.