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 Whilst COVID-19 continues to impact us all in so many ways, I am pleased to be able to share some good news too.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has allowed us to adapt our planned activities for our participants whilst they are home.

Having sent home a set of alternative activities I suggested our students could complete for their Physical and Skills sections, I have been extremely impressed at how much has been done on the last few weeks!.

Parents and carers have been superb at taking the tasks on board and encouraging their children to do as much as possible so that we can give them every chance to complete their awards this year in spite of the disruption to their time in school.

Here are a just a few examples of the 

Keep up the great work all and keep sending in your evidence..

I really look forward to receiving it!

Mrs Irvine :0) 

Jack getting to grips with a lawn mower.. physical and skills in one go !

Jacks homemade delicious biscuits.. a new skill being developed 🙂

Joe has been very busy indeed – lots of physical and skills based activities undertaken



Aaron has really enjoyed his new found hobby/skill of birdwatching and baking 🙂   

Fun music video

I hope you are all safe and well.

The staff at The Oaks are currently putting together a new music video for you all to enjoy.  We will be dancing to ‘Amarillo’ like Peter Kay.

If you would like to be part of it, please send your short video clips to the email address below. You can dress up and dance around your house or in the garden. Get filming!!


Bishop FMs newest star!


Our budding radio presenter Lewis Burnham completed his work experience with Bishop FM this week. He has really enjoyed his time learning all about the world of media and has been on air a number of times. If you would like to check him out in action you can follow the link at the top of this post or visit the Bishop FM facebook page!

Gary Burgham, programme director said of Lewis;

“Lewis was just great! – he planned an hour long programme using our clock planner sheet. Although he will only do a half hour of it. He took control of the broadcast desk and played two songs- introducing them and talking about the postponement of the new James Bond movie. Very confident in his approach. Top marks :-)”


We are very pleased Lewis had such a good time and hope that he is inspired to continue with his dream of working in media… Watch out for him, we’ve a feeling he’ll go far!


Supported Internship

Paige from sixth form started a supported internship programme with the CO-OP store in Ferryhill in October 2019. She has been working really hard at developing her independence and her work related skills. Her employers have been really impressed with her work rate, willingness to learn new skills and the use of initiative to date. They are particularly impressed with how much her confidence has developed and her communication with her colleagues too.

Since December Paige has also been travelling to and from the store independently using public transport. She has increased her number of days from one to two days a week and we are delighted she is enjoying it so much!


Work Experience

Lewis from 11W had his first work experience session yesterday with Bishop FM Broadcasting. He really enjoyed his first introduction to the world of media and even got a short spell talking live on the station!

Gary Burgham, production manager of the station said, “I’m sure Lewis enjoyed his first visit. He did a short spell of live presenting and did it well! He is very focused on his future – writing for Dr Who!  If you have an opportunity, please pass on my best wishes to Lewis and tell him from me he was great!”

Well Done Lewis, we look forward to hearing all about your second visit next week! a future media star in the making maybe?

Independent living skills

Some of the Sixth form have been learning how to clean windows effectively. 

Independent living skills

Some of the Sixth Form have been developing their cleaning skills, using products and equipment safely and effectively. 

World skills uk competition

Unfortunately Katie didn’t win the catering competition, but just qualifying was a massive achievement. Only 6 students from the whole of Great Britain qualified for the National final that Katie competed in. She was amazing. She had to prepare a picnic for 2 people and present it. We are all very proud of her. 

World Skills uk

Katie, one of our Sixth Form pupils, is competing in the World skills uk catering competition today at Birmingham NEC – Good Luck Katie