It was in a rather beautiful old house next to Nightingale Lane and surrounded by lots of trees. All the pupils and staff moved to a camp near Bognor. There were many old oak trees in the garden, so the school was called Oak Lodge. We can also inspect at any time if we have concerns. Oak Lodge School; Oakleigh School; Further education. Welcome to the website of Oak Lodge Special School in East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet. Outstanding; Good; Requires Improvement; Inadequate; How long until the next inspection? This is my first year at Oak Lodge School. If anyone was naughty they were hit with the cane. In its report, it stated that teaching and care of pupils and even the premises are outstanding.. The Head Boy had just finished work experience at the factory where the Queen's handbags are made and he talked to her about that. Oak Lodge was established by the old London County Council and opened on August 28th 1905 as a boarding school for deaf girls aged 11-16. Ofsted, the UK Government's Office for Standards in Education, inspected the school and rated it as an "exceptional school." It was sited in a beautiful old house on Nightingale Lane which used to belong to the curator of Kew Gardens. It is located in the London borough of Wandsworth in England.. There were no deaf teachers. There was another school for Jewish deaf children next door, actually on the site where the school is now, which had started in 1899. There was no contact between the two schools for the first 50 years – there was a high wall separating them. Barnet and Southgate College; Woodhouse College; Independent schools ... Dwight School London; King Alfred School; Lyonsdown School; Menorah Grammar School; Mill Hill School; Mount House School; North London Grammar School; Pardes House Grammar School ; Rhodes Farm School; Susi Earnshaw Theatre School; Talmud Torah Tiferes … London has been very charitable with its weather thus far. At the start of the Second World War in 1939 it was decided that the school must be evacuated. According to old records, girls were taught English, Art, some P.E., a little Maths, but much cookery, needlework and laundry – they were really being prepared to become servants and domestic workers. It is a wonderful community with fantastic, talented, caring young people and supportive families and carers. Preparations went on for months – rooms and corridors were painted, new tarmac in the playground, and they even built a new toilet in case the Queen wanted to use it during her visit! There were 40 pupils, boys and girls, and the hostel started for children to sleep there Monday to Friday each week. It was sited in a beautiful old house on Nightingale Lane which used to belong to the curator of Kew Gardens. The school became very successful. Oak Lodge School is a specialist day school with an residential provision for students with hearing, speech, language and communication needs aged 10–19. We are able to provide for a range of Special Educational Needs, but have specific strengths and experience in Moderate Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Conditions and other Complex Learning Difficulties including Down Syndrome. It must have been a very difficult time – looking at the old school records for one month in 1940, there were over 100 alarms because of bombs. Mr M Hewitt (Caretaker) Mr C Nicholls (Site Assistant) Midday Supervisory Assistants Mrs D Barnes Mrs A Bonito Mrs P Campbell. In 1940 there were bombs near the camp so they decided to move again, this time to Northampton. There were lots of old oak trees in the garden, so the school was called Oak Lodge. An residential provision is also available for a small number of children stay in the school's hostel during the week. Many of the girls were boarders. There were just six full-time teachers with three part-time teachers of art, mime and music.