From: Lisa Maynard
Date: Thursday, 4 May 2017 at 21:40
To: Old Oak
Subject: Old Oak Primary School
This is just a short note to say thank you for inviting me to visit Old Oak Primary School yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the school, and it was obvious both through observing the stimulating and nurturing environment, and all of the positive interactions between students both with each other and with the faculty, that Old Oak really does an incredible job of creating an outstanding learning environment for all of its' students. In addition to being (from my own observations) an exceptional oasis of love, learning and happiness for those fortunate enough to attend it, it seems to me that Old Oak also stands as a symbol for all that is good, in terms of representing the positive outcomes that are achievable through peoples' combined positive intentions toward creating the best possible future both for young people and the local community, especially when contrasted starkly against the walled background of Wormwood Scrubs.
To be honest I was both impacted and inspired by my visit yesterday, and really appreciated the opportunity to visit many of the classrooms, talk to the students, and spend time with the Head, Joseph Brown and Deputy Head, Katie Brown. Katie was particularly helpful in sharing many details about the school and I appreciated how generous both she and Joseph Brown were with their time with me - especially when I can only guess how busy their days are.
I would be happy for you to share my thoughts about my visit to Old Oak with other members of the faculty and the Board of Governors if you would like to. You all should be congratulated on all you have accomplished as a team! Many thanks again, for what was for me, a truely inspirational visit.
Lisa M. Maynard, Ph.D.
Honorary Research Scholar, Institute of Education, University College London, Spring 2017
Associate Professor of String Music Education
School of Music
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA, 22807
Dear Old Oak Primary,
I’d just like to start this by saying thank you, Old Oak, for everything you’ve given me. I still remember my wonderful years at the school, the memories I have there from my childhood years are truly unforgettable. The school created an environment that really helped me develop most of my social skills and of course the basis on which all my current knowledge is built upon, it was certainly key in making me the man I am today.
I attended Old Oak from my early nursery years till I left at the beginning of year 6 in 2006. I’ve been daydreaming about my days there all day and so I searched for the school website and looked at the current staff and, I must admit, many of these names are completely new to me. There is one name, however, which I do recognize very well, and that is Ms. Emma Morley. I remember her specifically as she taught me during my last year; she was also in charge of a Macbeth play I was part of, which I remember till this day was quite extraordinary.
Today, I am a fourth year medical student at a top university back in my home country of Saudi Arabia. Of course, I would not be here today without the stellar education I received at Old Oak. You see, we often forget people we knew back when we were kids, but people like Ms. Morley and many others, people who have had such a great impact, people like her are very difficult to forget.
So thank you, Old Oak, and thank you Ms. Emma Morley. You have not been forgotten.
Ahmad F. Allaf
It was a delight.....
To observe the school trip to Imperial for Graduation this morning, as your pupils and very able staff made their way through Notting Hill Tube station. The effort that the staff made to ensure the group caused minimal disruption and the behaviour of the children was a delight to see. I trust the Graduation initiative will bear fruit in the future. The mutual respect between staff and pupils was very evident. The chance meeting made a great start to my day.
Thank, Bob Larkins
Dear Mr. Larkins,
Many thanks for your email. It has made a great end to our school term. The staff here work very hard to support children's personal development alongside the core curriculum and for you to notice this outside of school is lovely to hear. I will pass on your message to the teachers and children alike and hope you are lucky enough to meet other children from Old Oak in the future. They are a fantastic bunch.
You are, of course, very welcome to come in at any time. We encourage visitors who can provide the children with positive role models.
Old Oak Primary School
Thanks for your prompt reply. You have a school to be very proud of.
We recieved a lovely letter from from a family this October 2016. You can read it below.