- Retford Oaks High School
Infobox UK school
name = Retford Oaks High School
latitude = 53.32090
longitude = -0.95722
dms = dms
head_label = Headteacher
head = Mr David Rich
street = Babworth Road
postcode = DN22 7NJ
ofsted = 133703
enrollment = 1303
lower_age = 11
upper_age = 18
website = http://www.retfordoaks.notts.sch.uk
website_name = Website
Retford Oaks High School is a mainstream school in the market town of
The school is situated to the west of the town, next to the A620, adjacent to the western side of the
East Coast Main Line.
The school was established in 2003 when two other Retford schools amalgamated. His HRH Duke of Kent formally opened the school in October 2008.
The King Edward VI [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/89528 school] was on "London Road", being previously known as the King Edward VI Grammar School since August 1857 and designed by
Decimus Burton. Much earlier, there was also Retford County High School for Girls on "Pelham Road". The former Retford Oaks School was on a site towards Ordsall near the [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/89556 former] leisure centre, the former Ordsall Hall Schoolon "Ordsall Road" (now the Post-16 Centre). Before 1977, the former Sir Frederick Milner (all male) secondary modern schoolwas on "Pennington Walk". This became part of the King Edward VI school, and was used as the sixth form site prior to the new Post-16 centre being opened.
Similar to five other schools in
Bassetlaw(two in Worksopand one in Tuxford, Bircotesand another in Retford), the school underwent an extensive rebuilding programme under PFI funding. It was [http://www.retfordtoday.co.uk/news/County-council-gives-green-light.872016.jp not possible] to develop the King Edward VI school [http://www.bjjarvis.com/GrammarSchool.htm site] as a Post-16 Centre (even though the county council wanted to), because the county council did not own the property so an entirely new site was [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/89555 built] on "Babworth Road". This site is for ages 11-16. On the former Ordsall Hall site, a new [http://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/services/leisure__culture/leisure_facilities/retford_leisure_centre.aspx leisure centre] was built in January 2008 and a separate Post-16 (sixth form) Centre was built in September 2007, when the 11-16 site opened as well. Worksop has also had a new sixth form (and leisure centre) built under the same PFI contract.
The school is very fortunate to have superb facilities due to moving into new buildings in March 2007. The school magazine is called the "Oak Tree".
Simon Widdup, a former cricketer, is a history teacher at the school.
The school achieves good results at GCSE and A-Level and has improved rapidly since opening in 2003.
Retford Oaks High SchoolBabworth RoadRetford NottinghamshireDN22 7NJ
Tel: 01777 861618
Web: www.retfordoaks.notts.sch.uk www.retfordoaks.co.uk
King Edward VI Grammar school
* Anthony Barber,
Chancellor of the Exchequer1970-4
Doc Cox, TV presenter, notorious musician.
Samuel Milner, physicist.
* John Taylor, writer
John Warham, photographer
ir Frederick Milner Secondary Modern
Derek Randall, England cricketer.
* [http://www.transformschools.co.uk/bassetlaw/school4_elizabethan.htm Elizabethan High School] - the other Retford comprehensive on "Hallcroft Road".
* [http://www.retfordoaks.notts.sch.uk Retford Oaks High School]
* [http://retfordoaks.co.uk PE Dept]
* [http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/home/learningandwork/bassetlawpfi/theproposal.htm Bassetlaw PFI]
* [http://www.eyemead.com/RGS-HIST.htm History of Retford Grammar School]
* [http://www.geocities.com/oldretfordian/ Old Retfordian]
* [http://www.transformschools.co.uk/bassetlaw/school5_retfordpost.htm Post 16 Centre]
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