Welcome to Oak Tree School 

Oak Tree School Cornwall is a Special School positioned near the City of Truro in Cornwall. The school provides full-time specialist co-education for up to 35 children and young people aged 8 to 16 who experience social, emotional, mental health, communication difficulties and associated challenging behaviours. These children and young people often cannot cope, function or achieve within a mainstream environment. The aim is to provide a structured, nurturing approach, with pupils accessing a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum to meet their significant needs.


Oak Tree School is committed to raising achievement and enabling all pupils to recognise and fulfil their potential, and support them through a personalised, engaging and relevant curriculum. We will address a complex range of barriers to learning including conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiance disorder and a range of autistic spectrum disorders.

Our priorities are to develop and improve the core knowledge and skills required to make a manageable and successful transition to work, college and adult life. We will provide a structured and supportive environment where our C&YP feel safe enough to take responsibility for their actions. Pupils will be encouraged and taught to make positive choices and decisions and therefore present and display socially acceptable behaviours.


We aim to achieve high quality outcomes for Children and Young people by:

  • Reducing/Removing C&YP’s barriers to learning.
  • Developing the ability of C&YP to communicate and interact with others appropriately.
  • Develop C&YP’s ability to be flexible and adapt to change.
  • Encouraging C&YP to positively manage their behaviours and difficulties.
  • Developing C&YP’s self-esteem, independence and ability to have positive and constructive relationships with others.
  • Developing the skills needed in each YP so they can be as independent as possible and prepared for life after school.
  • Providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets each YP’s needs and ensures an appropriate balance between challenge and support.
  • Providing a range of therapies to help YP overcome their difficulties and to reach their full potential.
  • To keep YP safe and protect their welfare, and through the broader curriculum develop their ability to keep themselves safe.
  • Encouraging C&YP to explore how they think and how they behave through a variety of therapeutic interventions, psychological, mental Health, SALT, OT, CBT, person centred approaches and art and play therapy.
  • We are committed to the principle that all C&YP, regardless of their ability, race, gender, cultural and religious background or immigration status have the right and entitlement to the highest quality of education we can provide.
  • Working in partnership with parents/carers and other professionals as an effective multi-disciplinary team.

Meet the Headteacher – Mike Deacy

14095520487_f237872faa_z (1)Mike has over 16 years of experience in teaching, initially qualifying as a secondary science teacher after studying his PGCE. He spent seven years as a Deputy Head at Caradon AP Academy (part of Acorn Academy in Cornwall) before becoming Headteacher at Oak Tree School in January 2014.

Mike is committed to ensuring that every child and young person that enters Oak Tree School will experience success in both their educational achievements and their social & emotional development.  Mike said “The young people that come to our school have often experienced nothing but failure in their previous educational settings. At Oak Tree school we deliver a highly personalised, stretching and engaging curriculum that will re-engage, motivate and inspire our children. We endeavour to make sure that students will experience success, raising their self-esteem and improving their life chances as they move on to further education, employment or training.”