Richmond Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 1LS

01634 334344

Burnt Oak Primary School


"A huge thanks for having us. You have amazing pupils and they are a credit to your school name."

Nicola Dooris - Community Safety Manager (Network Rail)

"I would just like to say thank you so much for allowing the children to come to Prospect Place and sing for the residents - they were amazing and what lovely polite children.  The residents that did turn up were quite taken back by their little messages they left - it made their day."

Tina Hewett - Assistant Housing Manager

"I personally would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of staff at the school for all their hard work before the pandemic and even more so since the pandemic occurred. Your hard work and diligence does not go unnoticed."

Siobahn Fisher - Parent

"Dylan has had a brilliant experience at Burnt Oak. He has thrived and progressed so much since starting. He is leaving year 6 very confident and happy. He has always looked forward to coming into school and I believe that is because of the environment all staff members implement"

Charlotte Wells - Parent

"Thank you so much for everything you do and have done in providing a safe, nurturing, inspiring and supportive learning environment.  Younan and Tate couldn't have asked for a better Primary School and we feel lucky and blessed to have been part of Burnt Oak Primary School."

Angela - Parent

"I had the most enjoyable day cooking with the children. The KS2 event was a great success thanks to Mrs Chell, Mr Bailey and the children chefs! The teams demonstrated terrific team work, food presentation and taste. The audience were lively, keen and held great attention.  The KS1 children worked very hard to earn their banana milkshakes."

Darren Tinkler - Roots to food

"Thank you for giving her a good education this year. She enjoys it very much. She loves her teachers and classmates and looks forward to school every day.  Thank you for everything. I am so appreciative.  I hope we can come here again in the future."

Yuanzhen Liu - Parent

"My colleague Stevie and I just wanted to contact you to thank you for hosting us yesterday.  We want to thank you for making us feel so welcome and compliment your pupils on their excellent behaviour and asking some very interesting and well considered questions.  Your students were a credit to you all and I’m sure you are very proud of them."

Julia Heath & Stevie Hunt - Environment Engagement Officers

"I came to the event yesterday to view their work. I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was. I often miss out on dropping off and picking up from school due to work so being able to watch their assembly was fantastic."

Ami Allchin - Parent

"I am very happy with Chayce's progress throughout the year ... He has learnt a lot and we are very proud of him and very happy with the teachers as they have done a wonderful job."

Ellen Miah - Parent

"I am beyond proud and shocked at the knowledge my 4 year old has.  He surprises me everyday with something new he has learned."


"It is so amazing to read my child's progress ... We are delighted to see her phonics result 40/40!  That can only be down to you, brilliant teachers!"

Jemma Watkins - Parent

"I hear Year 5 enjoyed their drumming at The Brook. I spoke to the person who ran the session and he was very impressed with the pupils from your school."

Karen Blake - Music Teacher

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for the amazing support you have shown ... Burnt Oak is indeed a great school; no-one will want to miss."

Ugochi Ihionu - Parent

"We will always be grateful for Burnt Oak School's nurturing environment and excellent education standards during her time here."

Sigita Tallat-Kelpsaite - Parent

"I am thrilled with the continued progress that Tate has made under the excellent teachers at Burnt Oak!  Thank you so much for making his schooling such a joy for him!"

Angela Wallace-Kawauchi - Parent

"We have been impressed with the school throughout Scarlett's years there.  The teachers' passion for the students' progress and wellbeing is second to none.  A huge thank you to all." 

Ami Allchin - Parent

"My husband and I have seen a real difference with Emily's progress this year.  Thanks to everyone for supporting Emily"

Helen Hills - Parent

"Thank you very much for an outstanding school report.  It is lovely to see how well you know Ethan and strive to challenge him regularly to keep him at his full potential."

N. Gosney - Parent

"An amazing school with equally amazing staff and exceptionally special children."

Debbie Vale - Assistant School Project Manager (Place2Be)

"Thank you so much for all your help with them [the boys] ... All your teachers are fantastic and do an amazing job and we really thank you."

Liz Body - Carer

"It was good to see you all yesterday and great to hear you talking with such passion and commitment about your children. You are making such a difference to them as people as well as academically in the classroom."

Emma Longley - Deputy Regional Lead (Achievement for All)

"Thank you for being such a big supporter of Place2Be!  Your dedication to improve children's emotional wellbeing is inspirational!"

Dr Raffaella Katsanis - Head of Service (Place2Be)

Feedback from our Engineering Day: 

"I am so glad the children enjoyed the sessions. I had a great time too. They were all so attentive and asked really intelligent questions."

Tayo Ajasa - Engineer (Rockwell Automation)

Comments about the FS and KS1 Nativities:

"Beautiful performance."

"A brilliant nativity."

"Great performance by all the children."

"We think all the children did so well!  Fantastic singing! All the children should be very proud!"

"Lovely performance."

"Israel has had a good time in Burnt Oak and has made good friends.  Thank you for having Israel and we enjoyed our stay in the school."

J. O. Fabudah - Parent

"We feel our daughter has made brilliant progress since starting at this school.  She loves coming to school and is very happy whilst here.  All staff are friendly and keep us updated on progress."

Parent survey

"Great school, great teachers and support."

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"Lovely staff, amazing, good school.  Son has made brilliant progress."

Parent survey

"My son loves school and talks about his teaching and learning at home, always pretending to be a teacher!  The staff in Reception are friendly and make me feel happy to leave my child."

Parent survey

"My daughter loves going to school ... My daughter has come a long way since starting here and she loves her teachers.  I couldn't imagine a better start to her schooling."

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"Thank you to you and your staff for your commitment to increasing your student's awareness of the range of possibilities opened up by studying STEM subjects."

Yvonne Baker - Chief Executive (STEM Learning)

"Just a personal message to say thank you for a wonderful day of Dare to Aspire.  I thought your kids were amazing.  Hope to work with you again soon."

George Fouche - ex international and premiership rugby player

"I just want to thank you for helping me get to where I am now."

Keelan Philpott - Year 7 pupil

"Just wanted to say many thanks for having me last week to join Year 5 and 2 in their 24 Game competitions.  The Year 5 were great competitors and were really supportive of each other; they enjoyed playing and you could see their skills improving even across the few games we played.  The Year 2’s were really up for it and were very impressive in the speed of their calculations."

Janet Smith - 3J School Improvement Specialists Ltd

Comments on Year 6 performance:

"Absolutely fantastic!"

"You were all amazing!!!"

"I just love the show ... makes me as a mother proud."

"Absolutely fantastic everybody!!"

"I have really enjoyed coming into your lovely school; hardworking, dedicated, positive staff who clearly love the children and love their work here!"

Julie Redmond - Yoga teacher

"I was delighted to learn that Burnt Oak has recently been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark ... What impressed me was the very positive attitude of the children to learning and the extent to which the school goes 'the extra mile' for those children who have additional needs ... I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all you are doing for the children at Burnt Oak." 

Cllr Andrew Mackness (Medway Council)

"I am delighted to hear that you have been awarded the Quality Mark for Inclusion.  It is richly deserved ... When I visited the school recently, I too was struck by the calm, purposeful atmosphere and how focused the children were on their learning."

Angela Wellings - Interim Head of SEN and Inclusion (Medway Council)

"The class were a delight to work with, a credit to your school, respectful of each other and towards me. They were very responsive to the yoga mindfulness experience."

Julie Redmond - Yoga teacher

 "Burnt Oak Primary School believes that their school can make a difference to the pupils within it, and it does! Through the dedication of the staff team, Burnt Oak succeeds in providing a learning environment where everyone, pupils and staff, are helped to succeed."

Amanda Love - IQM Assessor

"Can I say the year 4 class I've just had were amazing - so eager to learn it was a pleasure to teach them."

Karen Blake - Music teacher

"All the children were very well behaved and our Safety Marshall mentioned it was a delight to see all the groups have a great hour of fun."

Lydon Smith - General Manager (Flip Out Chatham)

"Cannot praise Nursery staff enough for their hard work and care for my little boy!  So glad I sent him here."

Parent Survey

"The teachers and assistants are fantastic."

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"My children feel safe at this school and know that they can speak to teachers and staff about anything."

Parent Survey

"My child is happy at this school.  I think they have progressed well."

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"I am very happy with the extra help my child receives."

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"Very happy with this school.  The staff and teachers are very nice."

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"My children are constantly progressing at this school and are extremely happy.  The values they learn are excellent and I can only thank all the staff for all their commitment and dedication."

Parent Survey

"The support you have given throughout the years has been a source of inspiration and encouragement."

Ray Sheppard - Head of Poppy Appeal

"Keep up the excellent work."

Rehman Chisti - Member of Parliament for Gillingham and Rainham

"I’ve genuinely enjoyed my time in Burnt Oak and am confident that school will continue the excellent progress it has made over the last 5 years."

James Rupasinha - Educational Psychologist

"It's a terrific school doing very important work and I am glad to have had the chance to be a part of it."

Zoe Barkham - Governor

"It was lovely to have your year 6 students visit us on Monday. Myself and my outreach team were very impressed with the team work, problem solving and adapting skills shown by your students."

Amy Broom - Director of STEM

"My girls are very happy at this school and always come out smiling."

Parent Survey

"Ruby is thriving here and I wouldn't send her anywhere else."

Parent Survey

"My daughter makes progress in every term of the school session so am very happy with the school and a big thank you to all the workers and a big one to my daughter's class teachers Miss Wise and Mr Gulston.  The head at the school is doing a brilliant job".

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Comments on Disney Week Performance:

"Such a proud mummy!  Well done to all the children.  I'll be happily singing those songs for days."

"A lovely show!  Had to sing along."

"Very good the way all activities are linked to the theme."

"Sang along to most of the songs!  Great effort by all the children!"

"Can I say Mr Smith's class have made amazing progress and they are a real pleasure to teach."

Karen Blake - Recorder teacher

"Today once again your pupils were a credit to you, responsive, engaged, respectful (towards myself and each other), listening and making effort."

Julie Redman - Yoga teacher

"I enjoy assessing at the school as everyone I have encountered could not be more supportive."

Emma Rousell - DTTLS Assessor

"You guided me, you supported me, you inspired me, you taught me.  Today is the day to thank you for everything and making me part of a great school.  Going to miss everyone."

Edgar Santos - pupil

"This school works very hard to achieve the best it can, with support from parents and teachers, things are great."

Parent Survey

"So pleased with how well ALL my children are doing since attending this school a year ago."

Parent Survey

"I have had another very good afternoon with Juniper class today, pupils very responsive, with increased focus and excellent oral contributions"

Julie Redman - Yoga teacher

"I thank you and the staff for the kind support you have showed to my kids. They have been extremely happy since the first day!!!  They brag a lot about the school and how the teachers and staff are so good and kind!!  They have made a lot of friends too!!  I could say they would have never been happier in any other school and I have no regrets!!!  I thank you very much for taking such good care of my kids!!!  God Bless you all!!!"

Gina Gonsalves - Parent

"I wish to first of all thank you for the time and the warm welcome you gave to us when we visited your School. We were impressed with the whole experience and for me personally for the fact that the school have laptops for the children to use."

Benedicta Nyarko - Parent

"My colleagues and I would like to thank you for your work experience support to Kent and Medway students over the last academic year.  We never cease to be amazed at the range and quality of placements you help provide and we and the schools are very grateful."

Toni Clarke - Medway Education Business Parnership

"Thanks also for the excellent schooling my daughter receives from Burnt Oak Primary."

Mr Horsman - Parent

"My daughter has attended Burnt Oak since reception and on her last day I just wanted to send a note to express my thanks for the care she has received at your school. She has never had a bad word to say about the school and has excelled whilst attending.  She has made a fantastic bunch of friends ... so thank you and I only hope Rhiannon continues to flourish in her new school."

Helen Arnold - Parent

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Burnt Oak Primary School.  The children were enthusiastic and full of energy, the staff were friendly and helped me throughout and I couldn't have asked for more.  Each time I visited the school I was greeted warmly.  The children's progress in reading was very rewarding.  You could see them grow in confidence as the weeks went on."

Volunteer reader

"Kirsten loves coming to school.  She has thrived since starting and loves to tell us all about what she is doing and learning.  She is a very happy and settled little lady'"

Teresa Aldridge - Parent

"I am writing to thank you for allowing Mrs Mackintosh and Miss Wells to act as Medway Moderators during 2015.  Their participation has enabled Medway to complete another successful year of statutory assessment.  Schools and the moderation team have really appreciated their expertise and valued the contribution they have made to professional discussions around assessment and the awarding of levels."

Ruth Wells - Assessment Lead

"I would like to use this opportunity to thank you for all your assistance and support which you have rendered to my daughter Chisom."

Anthonia Awuzie - Parent

"I would just like to say a very big well done to Mr Searle for yet another brilliant sports day held for the second year running at Medway Park. I totally enjoyed it and it was great to see all the children being encouraged by Mr Searle, Mr Smith and other members of staff to pass the finish line which is an achievement in itself and all the children should be proud of how they done. It was so nice to see all the children enjoying the day as well and being able to have lunch with George was again lovely."

Heather Burns - Parent

"It has been a pleasure working with you all and I have often been inspired by your total dedication in supporting the children and families at Burnt Oak as well as each other."

Anna Lewis - Educational Psychologist

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for accepting my son and daughter in your amazing school.  It was really a chance for my children to take part in this school and learn a new language as well as gaining a lot of knowledge."

"I also would like to thank their outstanding teachers and lovely staff for everything they have done for my children"

Parents of Bassam and Larin

"Just a quick mail to say thank you for partaking in the Ivor Goodsite 2015 Hoarding Competition. We really enjoyed having you and the children down here to carry out the painting. The children were just so great and are a real credit to you and the school."

Helle Dorrington - Architect

"Both my girls are very happy at this school."

Parent Survey

"Out of all the schools in Medway I'd say this is the best one by far."

Parent Survey

"Very pleased.  Keep up the good work."

Parent Survey

"I am so pleased with Keira and the achievements she has made.  The school has been so supportive with the family over the last year.  I would definately recommend it to others and am really hoping to see all my grandchildren go to this school."

Parent Survey

"Please say a big thank you to Mr Searle, Mr Smith and all the staff that took part for a such a lovely day. Unfortunately this was my last sports at Burnt Oak as George goes up to secondary school in September. Out of the 12 years I have been attending the sports day the last two years have certainly been the best."

Heather Burns - Parent

"Very welcoming atmosphere by staff and children.  The teacher and TA were very helpful and I was given the outline of the morning which was very specific and easy to follow.  The children were amazingly good at phonics.  I was very impressed.  There was always good order and calmness felt in the nursery / reception area and I have had an enjoyable morning."

"Year 6 class were excellent and well on task.  I have left a list of names of those who were exceptional."

Julie Moore - Supply Teacher

"I would like to say thank you to you and your staff for Joe's schooling up to now.  He's been very happy. "

B Goldie - Parent

"Will never forget the memorable moments we had with you all which we have left.  We really miss the Sure Start Children's Centre and the great teachers alike."

Romana - Parent

"I came in to teach the Year 6s today and I just wanted to say what a pleasure it was,  The students were so well behaved and enthusiastic and picked up the dance so quickly.  I always enjoy the workshops I do at Burnt Oak but the pupils today were a real credit to the school."

Ali - Dance Teacher

"Can I express my thanks to the Headteacher, all the teachers and support staff over the last year in their efforts to help improve the school in all aspects.  It is without doubt that this is being achieved with the success of extra curricular activities, behaviour within the school and the pupils' achievement.  Every parent I have spoken to has been very pleased with the improvement throughout the school and I know our children are much happier at Burnt Oak now then they have been for many years"

Lynn Davis - Parent Governor