History of Oakley College

In the 2016 New Year’s Honours list, Donat was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for “Services to British Education in Spain”.

Donat and Mary Morgan started Oakley College with the key objective of putting the child at the centre of the learning. The learning happens in a supportive and nurturing environment that likens itself to a family structure.

Focusing on family values  they opened Oakley College nursery in 1989 with 32 children between the ages of 3 and 4. As the school grew it needed  bigger premises and a few years later was moved to a converted chalet in Los Hoyos on the outskirts of Las Palmas.

Over 15 years,  they  developed  the  primary and introduced secondary, adapting the site to suit  the expanding needs. Oakley College developed, virtually, one brick at a time taking small, firm steps and learning from each experience. The values  of Respect, Responsibility and Resolving problems  were as much a way of life for all who worked at Oakley College as it was for the children who were being educated there.

As the little acorn grew into an ever-expanding oak tree,  they  developed the primary and secondary departments and in September 2005 we moved into  the  present Zuloaga site in Tafira Alta and built an additional A-level block which opened in September 2011. 

In February 2019  Oakley Park was opened which  provided more than 5000m2 of outdoor playing fields, a nature area and a science garden. 

Then in January 2021  the new purpose built primary building, which houses the children from 2 up to 9 years of age was opened. More than 33  years later, Oakley College continues to grow and develop guided by the same principles with the child being the centre of the learning process.

The reinvestment   policy of 100% of the income into the development of the school ensures the development will continue. 

The school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resolving problems are the core part of  the  learning, and together with the family atmosphere remain the defining characteristic of the school.