Oakwood Park Grammar School
The House System was reintroduced to the School to coincide with the Golden Jubilee celebrations – 50 years on the Oakwood Park site (although the institution is much older). The five Houses are:
Broughton – Mayor of Maidstone signatory of Charles 1st Death Warrant
Fisher – The Archbishop who led the Dedication Service at the office opening of the school on this site.
Hazlitt – The playwright, essayist and social commentator
Sadler – An old boy who went on to play for Manchester United and England.
Wilberforce – Politician who was influential in abolishing the Slave Trade and has family contact with East Farleigh
The main reason for the reintroduction is in the success of the School – we are now very large – over 1000 students and our units need to be smaller to ensure that all students are recognised. The House system is a vehicle to encourage competition – not only on the Sports fields but also in Art, Music, Poetry and Photography and obviously academically. The House system also allows more opportunities for Leadership at all levels – it has encouraged a more vertical structure, with older students supporting those lower down the school.