About: Mr Davis

I am the history, ASDAN, Enterprise and curriculum co-ordinator for the school. I am also a year eleven form tutor and the leader of Beech house. I teach history to all of key stage three and also to those students who selected the subjects in key stage four. I have been a teacher for 16 years, 13 of them at Whitworth and the Oaks School. I really enjoy my job and love being a teacher. There is a real feeling of satisfaction when students in school develop new skills and knowledge and the pleasure I get when students pass thier exams is a fantastic feeling.

Mock interviews

We had a brilliant day last Monday when the Year Ten students participated in some mock interviews.  The students performed brilliantly to meet employers from a range of different sectors ranging from construction, engineering to the Army.  The students did really well and the feedback they received was outstanding with many of them saying how much they had enjoyed it and how they felt it had really helped them to develop their self-confidence.   It will also help them next year when it is time to start applying for and attending college interviews.

         

First Aid

8G have been learning all about First Aid this term and have been developing their skills in bandaging, dealing with burns and scalds and also how to give CPR.  The students in the class have been working with pieces of equipment form the British Red Cross and have really enjoyed the lessons so far.  Well done 8G

  

Solutions for the Planet

Our intrepid key stage three Solutions for the Planet entrepreneurs have been working hard on our business plans for the competition last week and they have been making fantastic progress, supported by our business advisors from various companies.  The students are making excellent progress in creating their business plans and hopefully we will have some prototypes to look at soon.  The next stage of the competition is held at a local university where students will present their ideas, so fingers crossed, we get through to the next round.

    

CHAD afternoon tea.

It was a busy afternoon for the Year 11 students who held an afternoon networking tea party for local employers and businesses.  We had lots of visitors in school who talked to the students about their chosen career, with the students asking them a series of questions about the jobs.  It was a really good afternoon and the students had a great time finding out about different jobs.  Thank you very much to all the employers who came into school, it was very much appreciated.  

          

   

Visit from Northumbria Water

We had a visitor in school today from Northumbria Water who held an assembly to tell us all about what Northumbria Water do and how we can help make sure we all look after our water system.  Sophie Pickup who is our business advisor is in charge of human resources at Northumbria and is going to be working with school over the forthcoming years to help us to develop links with businesses and to engage with employers.  This is a very exciting time for the school as we attempt to gain our CEIAG excellence in education award.  The students were very interested to hear about the work Northumbria do and the number of miles of pipes they look after as well as some of the more disgusting things people put down their toilets. 

   

Arriva, Arrive

Today Arriva visited the CHAD group to discuss independent travel and careers in the transport industry. We had a short talk by Kevin and Dave from Arriva…

   

We then practised our independent travel skills…

   

   
  We enjoyed our journey…

   
       
  We thoroughly enjoyed our afteroon and can’t thank Arriva enough for their time.

Until next time. 

CHAD Team Building

The year elevens enjoyed a team building day. Battle PT came into school and put us through our paces…
   
                 

We competed in tug-o-war…

   
   

We then challenged ourselves to a gruelling assault course…

   
      

        

We needed cooling down at the end of the afternoon.

   

Next week Arriva are visiting.

Thanks to the Masons

During the summer holiday we have eight students from school going on a long journey to Cornwall to have the adventure of a lifetime.   Miss Wardle and Mrs Ashcroft will be escorting the young people to an outdoor adventure activity centre as part of the Jurassic Project organised by the Masons.  The students will be taking part in activities like rafting, canoeing, caving and other excitements.  The Masons have also provided funds for refreshments for the students on the journey and came into school to present a  cheque for £500.  A huge big thank you for all your help and support.  

   

Marathon today!

A huge thank you to Mr Chris Reed who came into school today and in very difficult, hot conditions ran a whole marathon as part of our attempt to raise money to buy Eye Gaze equipment.  Chris worked really hard to run 26.2 miles during a very hot day at school with lots of support from staff and students in school.   The Eye Gaze equipment is to help support students with their communication and with their ability to answer different sets of questions by using their eye to move a mouse pointer.  Chris has set up a Just Giving page to help support our fundraising.  We would also like to say a big thank you to all the parents/ carers, people in the community, students and staff who have sent in sponsorship money.  

Chris was well supported by staff and students who managed to clock an amazing 86.16 miles despite the hot weather.  Pupils displayed a great attitude to the challenge and there was a very positive atmosphere.  Well done everybody, especially Chris and again, a big thanks to everyone who donated.  

     

   
 

Year Nine Options Evening

A big thank you to all the parents, carers and students who came along to the Options Evening on Wednesday night.  We think it was a really good event and helped students in Year Nine make some good choices about the sorts of subjects they would like to study in Key Stage Four.  I hope it also helped students to think about where they would like to go and what they would like to do after they leave school. it will be here before we know it!