Kings Academy Oakwood, Bracknell
Kings Academy Oakwood, (KAO) is part of the Kings Group Academy, a primary school focusing on the education of 4–11-year-olds of mixed gender.
Situated in the county of Berkshire, 2 miles northwest of Bracknell located in the village of Binfield. The old English meaning of Binfield is; open land where bentgrass grows – originally surrounded by forest but once cleared, land transitioned into agriculture with the village and surrounding areas expanding with work for farm labourers.
Steeped in history the Stag and Horses Inn was reportedly used as a hunting lodge by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The Elm tree outside (the stump of which was finally removed in 2004) was ravaged by Dutch Elm disease in the 1970s and was said to mark the centre of Windsor Forest. John Constable and William Cobbett have been known to frequent the village with Binfield Manor having been built in 1754 for £36,000 is now owned by the Sultan of Brunei.
The school alongside Kings Academy Binfield (secondary) was officially opened by Sir Ben Kingsley a month after opening its doors in October 2019, unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the event for years to come.
Nick Cross Chief Executive of King’s Group Academies states:
“under the leadership of Executive Headteacher, Sarah Howells, we are confident that both schools will grow from strength to strength.KAO’s core belief is that every single student deserves an outstanding education that not only provides the academic qualifications essential for long-term success but also gives them the skills, experience, opportunities, and networks to become global citizens with the very best life chances.
This exciting project adjacent to the new Bellway housing development was supported with its landscaping by Scoffel Commercial Landscapes. Both soft and hard green infrastructure soften, provide amenity, and enable biodiversity to be enjoyed by all.
GreenBlue were delighted to provide tree planting products for the 4 newly planted trees in the hardscape which including GBU StrataCell load-bearing Soil Cells, that will enable uncompacted healthy soil for years to come. RootDirectors will ensure the heavy footfall freshly paved area will remain heave free and support the Arboresin precast grilles finished in Brittany bronze. Trees will be irrigated and aerated in these early crucial years by the use of GBU double Arborvents and RootRain systems and secured by guying AnchorPlates.
Additional products were also supplied for the trees in soft including soil RootSoil 20 and Mycorrhizal fungi that will enable all trees to have the best start possible.
As will the pupils, we wish them every success in their new school, we look forward to revisiting to see how both will flourish and prosper over the years to come.