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Aims, Values & History

More than a school, we’re a family.

At Oakfields Preparatory School, community is at the heart of what we do. We firmly believe that by providing a broad, balanced, and heightened curriculum, our children can truly flourish. Our ever-changing and evolving approach to enrichment activities throughout the school day and the children’s journey across different school phases, helps pupils develop resilience and the capacity to make choices that align with their interests and abilities.

We strive to embody the importance of leadership and empower our children to become role models for future generations through the refinement of our leadership programme. While we are an Essex-based community in the heart of Upminster, our connection to the broader Cognita family extends our reach, allowing us to be part of a globally connected community.

Giving your child an exceptional start.

Come and discover Oakfields Preparatory School.

Our Aims

Our mission statement sums up our collective ambition to seek, develop and nurture every child’s individual abilities and talents, instilling a love of learning in an environment that fully supports the well-being of the child.

At Oakfields Preparatory School, we aim to:
  • Celebrate each child’s individual talents and strengths by committing to offering our children a broader and balanced wider curriculum.

  • Promote acceptance and development of inter-personal skills through celebrating diversity and creating an inclusive culture that supports the children to thrive.

  • Encourage an inquisitiveness in our children that harnesses their understanding of the global changes they face by praising curiosity.

  • Cultivate personal goals to enhance motivation by recognising the importance of a child’s self-belief.

Our core values


We nurture confidence by celebrating each child’s unique talents and strengths through a broad and balanced curriculum. We encourage children to set and achieve their own goals, fostering resilience and a strong sense of self.


We foster an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity, promoting acceptance and the development of interpersonal skills to create an environment where every child feels valued and supported.


We nurture curiosity and a passion for learning, empowering children to understand and engage with global changes, cultivating a lifelong love of learning and exploration.


We promote collaboration and community engagement, enabling children to communicate confidently and respectfully in all situations, building strong relationships within the school and beyond.

Our History

Oakfields Preparatory School was founded by Mrs. Kerrie Malandreniotis in 1988 as a Day Nursery in Gidea Park.
The age range of the children was then extended to include infants and juniors and the school moved to Harwood Hall, Upminster in 1993.
On our arrival at Harwood Hall only a few classrooms were occupied but we quickly grew into a successful and thriving school. Oakfields became part of the Cognita Group, a leading international schools group in 2007.
Our EYFS provision was refurbished in 2013 and facilitates the essential environment needed to help each child to grow and develop and through playing and exploring they become engaged, curious and willing to try new things.

Come and discover Oakfields Preparatory School.

Where exceptional learning takes place day to day.

Private School in Upminster, Essex – Oakfields School

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