India Schools : Oak Grove School, Dehradun
Oak Grove was an outcome of a wish on the part of the administration of East Indian and North Western Railways to help their European and Anglo Indian employees provide public school education, as obtainable in England, to their children. The school thus came up in 1888 and after Independence when the private railway companies merged into one, the school was transferred to the Northern Railways and continues so till date.
The school is spread over a sprawling 252 acre estate, amidst majestic Oak trees, at a height of 5300 feet, in the famous Mussoorie Hills. The three sections viz. junior, senior boys an senior girls are independent of each other and have their own academic block, hostel, play grounds,staffresidences etc. The school has excellent facilities in Science and Computer Laboratories.
Around 32 well qualified and well paid teaching staff are round the clock available at the campus to look after the needs of some 550 students at an extremely healthy teacher student ration of 1:17.
The school is being run basically as a welfare measure for the railway staff, bulk of the students naturally come from railway background. Few seats are reserved for students who come from outside the railway system. Students from all caste, community and ethnic background are welcome.
The school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi.
Fee details can be obtained from the school office on demand.
Admission is offered in the initial class, presently class III, on the basis of open competition. Admission to higher classes IV to IX and XI is offered in case vacancies occur due to dropping out of some student midway. Admission is not granted for class Xth and XIIth. No prior registration is done for admission purpose. New academic session starts at the beginning of April for which Prospectus along with application form is put on sale from the office of Principal, in the month of September of the previous year and completed form is required to be submitted by 15th October of the same year. Written test is held in the 2nd to 3rd week of January at New Delhi followed by interview at the school premises. Admission to successful candidates are offered by mid of March.
The school fees already being highly subsidised, no scholarship or concession in fees is provided by the school. Margaret Hayde Scholarship on merit cum means basis has been instituted by family members of a former student settled in New Zealand. Women’s Welfare Organisation of Northern Railway also grants merit scholarships from year 2000 onwards.
The students are internally assessed on the basis of two term examinations besides the annual examination. In terms of performance at board examination the school has achieved a level where almost all the students aggregate over 75%. On quite a few occasions students have secured 100% in Science and Mathematics.
The school gives ample importance to sports and games in the over all development of students. Towards this end, facilities for almost all indoor and outdoor games such as tennis, hockey, cricket, football, table tennis, squash, basketball, badminton, chess, etc are available. Athletics is an important part of sporting activities, and the school eagerly looks forward every year to participate in the Annual Athletic Meet of major Mussoorie schools, which has come to be popularly know as ‘Mussoorie Olympics’. The school is also a regular participant in various inter school competitions at district, state and national level and puts up a good show at all these meets. Guidance in games is given by trained PTIs separately for boys and girls.
Extra Curricular Activities
A wide range of extra curricular activities are promoted among the students so that every one gets to specialise at least in a few, as per the aptitude and opportunity. Debates, dramatics, quizzing, declamation, N.C.C., scouting, yoga, music, dance, craft, painting, trekking, educational tours, embroidery, pin and thread work, doll making, sewing etc are integral part of the education process followed at the school. Lessons in Martial Arts are given to those who opt for it, at a nominal charge.