About: Mrs Dobinson


I am delighted to share the news that the following pupils achieved their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award this year in spite of COVID lockdown.


Lewis D


James P


Jake Waite

Huge congratulations to you all. You have all worked SO hard to complete your outstanding sections in very difficult conditions. Everyone at The Oaks is so proud of your achievement :-).

We want to wish all our Silver group leavers the very best for their futures whatever they go onto do next.

Remember, your DofE achievements will stand you in good stead on your CV’s. Potential employers really value this qualification so be sure to tell them all about it !

I have MORE good news too!

For this year only, The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme introduced a special Certificate of Achievement for all participants who managed to complete the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections of their award but were unable to complete their expedition due to COVID restrictions.

I am therefore delighted (again) to share with you the following pupils that have achieved this certificate ๐Ÿ™‚

Tristan, Thomas, Evie, Joshua, Decan, Kayla Jack M, Joseph O, Kenzie



Huge congratulations to you all.


Finishing the Summer term with some recycled artwork

Katelyn & Courtney decided they would like to create a piece of art each that used some recycled products in their last week of term together in school. Both did a fantastic job and were really pleased with the end results..


A lovely flower piece Courtney made using old plastic water bottles



Well done Katelyn – your desert scene is fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚


Martin’s trip out

Martin enjoyed a trip to the beer garden at the weekend. You look very happy enjoying a beer now that you are 18. 


Amy enjoyed experimenting with glitter tattoos. She looked at different shapes and colours. She was a little bit shy when having her photograph taken. They look fantastic Amy.

Courtneyโ€™s Amazing Art Work !

Courtney really wanted to do a piece of artwork in school and she was keen to do something a little different. She researched some techniques on the internet first and decided she’d like to produce a picture that reflects her love of music and dancing. She worked really hard on it all day, using watercolour, stencilling, flicking, tilting and even employed a hairdryer to blow dry some of the paint into position!

Miss Willingale, Mr Potts and Mrs Irvine are so impressed with the finished piece.


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I received a lovely surprise from The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme today. A certificate of thanks to all this years  Oaks participants !

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Our students in both Bronze and Silver groups undertook their Volunteering section of their award between September and December 2019 (the coldest months of the year) outdoors cleaning the full length of the Durham Coast beaches. The Heritage Coastal path runs for a total of 11 miles. Our students cleaned EVERY single beach along the length of this path!

They collected a total of just over 200 bin bags full of assorted rubbish plus some larger items including truck tyres, shopping trolleys and we even saw an abandoned car on one of the beaches?!

With the help of Louise Harrington from Durham Heritage Coast Partnership they also performed important data surveys on the rubbish found and learnt a lot about the environmental importance of keeping our coastline free of rubbish.

It is great to see how many hours we gave to this cause over a total of six months across both groups and the social value too.

All participants in this years cohort will receive a copy of this thank you certificate in the post to keep and we are proudly displaying it in school too – WELL DONE!

Mrs Irvine ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘


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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚   

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!!