The residential provision at Oakland’s college is semi-independent with a Residential warden on site providing an on-call response. We also provide some supervised activity sessions each evening and over the weekend.
NOTE: Currently accommodation is only allocated to students within the Sports academies or Specialist Land based provision at Level 3.
Our accommodation comprises of 14 houses set in Oaklands College grounds at Smallford Campus.
Each house accommodates between 4-5 students only of mixed Sports Academies. Students are housed with others of the same gender, females on East Drive and males on North Drive except for House 19 which is central to the campus.
The houses consist of a shared use sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and individual student bedrooms which all have a lockable bedroom door, either using a key (or code) to the bedroom and a key to the front door of the house.
All houses have Wi-Fi facilities and each room has a TV aerial but you will be required to provide your own TV license. Each house has a washing machine and a number of drying airers. All kitchens are supplied with fridges and a freezer plus equipment in the form of slow cooker, microwave, kettle, toaster, health grill, rice steamer, blender and induction hob but not an oven due to National Standards of Accommodation.
Students are provided with Breakfast Monday to Friday and Dinner Monday-Thursday from a menu which has been developed with the academy coaches. Meals are served in the college refectory, supervised by a member of the Residential Team.
Alongside this the Refectory / Snack bar and Stables Restaurant are open daily during the week for students to purchase additional food other than that supplied. We also offer shopping trips twice weekly so they can stock up on food essentials for their houses.
- ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
There are activities and excursions provided by the residential team.
In-house activities include table tennis, table games, Wii games, Xbox, DVD nights and various life-skills workshops. There is also access to computers within an allocated area for homework purposes.
There is a good bus and railway service from the local area, with cinema, swimming pool, and other leisure facilities within a short distance from the college.
- SECURITY & SAFEGUARDING
We take our responsibilities seriously and undertake checks throughout the day to ensure everyone is OK.
We use a group text system in the morning and supervise dinner and completing an on line register at night checks as we go around the houses. There is a Residential Duty phone number, which they can call or text any time night and day. This can also be used as the main point of contact with the Residential team by the parents or they can also be contacted by email on Residential@oaklands.ac.uk
We have a security guard on duty every night during term-time, and a member of Residential staff will be on-call every night as well.
Currently in Academic year 2016/2017 the cost for the year is £6,250 there is a residential bursary that you can apply for to help with the cost and this is income dependent and could cover up to 50-55% of the total costs.
- ALLOCATION OF ACCOMMODATION
Currently supply outstrips demand and so allocation is based on a scoring system where student’s applications are scored based on their academy position, academic reference, and personal circumstances. For all applicants we ask for a GP reference as to the applicants suitability to stay in semi-independent residential accommodation.