Jim Stenson acted as a consultant in setting up Oakwood School in 1996 and is now a Patron of the school. His experience comes from more than twenty years of working with families from two highly successful independent secondary schools for boys that he helped establish, the Heights School in Washington, DC and Northridge Preparatory School in Chicago. As headmaster, he made it his business to know hundreds of families intimately studying their family lives, watching their children grow into maturity, very often successfully, but sometimes not.
Through countless conversations with fathers and mothers, he tried to account for the differences, looking for patterns of family life among those parents who triumphed with their children. What did these successful men and women have in common? What did they manage to do right? Most important: What could other parents learn from their experience?
Sister school of Oakwood, opened in September 2004 in Clapham, London.
The Pared Foundation in Australia runs schools with a similar ethos to Oliver House and Oakwood.
The Spalding Method forms the backbone of the PACT Schools' literacy programme, particularly from the ages of two and a half to seven.