Oakfields Montessori School, Upminster, UK


Oakfields Montessori School is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-11 years, situated at Harwood Hall, in Upminster, and surrounded by seven acres of beautiful parkland. For more than 20 years we have been concerned with the intellectual, recreational, physical and spiritual needs of young people.

At Oakfields, our unique and holistic approach to teaching and learning champions a highly successful, tailor-made education. With the benefit of small classes, each pupil can receive individual attention while at the same time being part of a lively, outward-looking school community. A small school, we effectively guide and support every student, whilst making appropriate demands of their intellect and energy.

Emphasis is placed on the traditional values of consideration, good manners and self-discipline, and no visitor could fail to be impressed by the happy, purposeful atmosphere which prevails in every classroom. Hard work and enjoyment sit side by side, and we inspire and empower pupils with a true passion for learning.

“Oakfields Montessori School provides a consistently good education and has some outstanding features; it fulfils its aims well.  The curriculum is broad, balanced and well managed in a way that prepares all pupils well for the next stages of their education so that almost all gain entry to their chosen selective schools.”

School Inspection Service, February 2015

In 2015, all Oakfields Key Stage 2 students achieved a secure Level 4+, with 100 percent achieving secure Level 5 over all subjects. As with the previous year, some of our pupils far exceeded the national expectations and achieved a solid Level 6. Remarkably, some children secured a Level 7 in Mathematics.

In 2015, out of a class of 27, 13 of our students progressed to Coopers’ Company & Coborn School; three progressed to Brentwood Independent and Hall Mead, Upminster; two went on to Westcliff Grammar and one to each of Francis Bardsley Academy for Girls, Gaynes, Upminster, New Hall Independent, Chelmsford, St. John’s School, Billericay, Southend High School (Boys) and Southend High School (Girls).


Laura Ciftci

Laura Ciftci has been Head at Oakfields Montessori since 2013. She previously taught at the school for four years following a successful career in the international fashion Industry.

She champions a holistic approach offering all children the possibility to succeed and to enjoy different aspects of school life. Her background in sport and coaching enables her to promote an energetic and diverse extra-curriculum, along with the introduction of enrichment programmes to increase opportunities for learning for all children.

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At a Glance

Ages Taught
3-11 yrs
English National Curriculum
Type of School
Day School
Main Language

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