Just to say that I thought the inaugural Mason’s Mile event was a great success, all the more so because of the timing toward the end of the school year and the fact that it went from zero to full on and successful in only four weeks! It was really good to see so many families out together on a Sunday morning. We will have pupils and staff present again at the next Tunbridge Wells event and hope for reasonable weather on October 15th.
As you know, we will also be finding a way next (school) year to get most, if not all, of our pupils to walk a mile each day. Mason’s Mile has inspired us to do so!
Mason’s Mile was held in the same spirit as Oakley School – clear challenge but in a friendly and supportive environment. It was great to see the slower runners and walkers being cheered and clapped in as they completed their mile. I was especially struck by how inclusive the event was. The children and young people at Oakley School all have severe or complex learning difficulties, often with additional communication difficulties. They overcome challenges on a daily basis and it was great to see that the mile course was wheelchair friendly and also that all the marshals, organisers and participants were so inclusive and so welcoming. Our people may not have been the fastest, but that’s not the point – they came, they contributed and they achieved and everyone at the event got a great clap and a cheer. Our pupil’s satisfaction and pride in their achievement was plain to see.
Pride in achievement and confidence in themselves and their abilities are qualities that we constantly promote for all of our pupils at Oakley. As a school we are happy, proud and pleased to be included in Mason’s Mile.
Wishing you continued success
— Gordon Tillman, Headteacher
@ Oakley School