At key stage 5 the students have the opportunity to pick floristry as a work related option. This is accredited by ABC Awards with a qualification in practical floristry skills at Entry Level Award to level 1 certificate. The qualification allows the student to progress further finding their own level of achievement.
The Floristry Department is set up for students to learn practical skills while also learning about business skills. We have a phone line, working till and a beautiful displays of silk and fresh flowers.
The students learn various skills and techniques used throughout the floristry industry, from taking and receiving phone orders, to constructing floral designs/arrangements. These are both formal and informal. Wedding, funeral and gift work are included throughout as this is a big part of the floristry industry along with Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter.
Every year for the last 10 years Oakfield has been invited to Arley Hall Stately Home Cheshire to decorate one of the rooms in the Christmas Floral Extravaganza, this is a great opportunity for the floristry students to display their own floral creations, and it is open to the public for a week, the feedback has always been fantastic.
Floristry students can after leaving Oakfield progress on to higher floristry qualification at the local FE College. This has enabled past students to find successful employment in the floristry industry.