Donat and Mary Morgan started Oakley College with the key objective of focusing on family values and putting the child at the centre of the learning.
With a great deal of optimism and only a handful of pesetas in our pockets, we opened Oakley College nursery in 1989 with 32 children between the age of 3 and 4. As the school grew we needed bigger premises and a few years later we moved to a converted chalet in Los Hoyos on the outskirts of Las Palmas.
“As the little acorn grew into an ever-expanding oak tree,
we developed the primary and secondary departments”
Over 15 years, we developed our primary and introduced secondary, adapting the site to suit our expanding needs. The school developed, virtually, one brick at a time taking small, firm steps and learning from each experience. The values were evident in everything that was done and said, and Respect, Responsibility and Resolving problems was as much a way of life for all who worked at Oakley as it was for the children who were being educated there.
As the little acorn grew into an ever-expanding oak tree, we developed the primary and secondary departments and in September 2005 we moved into our present Zuloaga site in Tafira Alta and built an additional A-level block which opened in September 2011.
Nearly 30 years later, the school continues with the same principals as we started with, reinvesting 100% of the income into the development of the school. Our values of Respect, Responsibility and Resolving problems are the core part of our learning, and together with our family atmosphere they remain the defining characteristic of the school.