About: Mrs Swales

Communications group

today the group visited McDonald’s to order a snack and chat.  They did really well!

TESCO Collections

Dear parents and carers

The Oaks have secured a collection at Tesco stores in Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe and Darlington main stores.  If you shop there please get a token and pop it in the collection marked ‘The Oaks’ – Go Read Bus!

many thanks

Social communication group

The Friday afternoon communication group have worked really hard to design and make board games with the theme of being a good communicator.  They finally had the opportunity to try them today.



World Book Day

The school celebrated World Book Day today by having a big “bookie brekkie”. Students shared breakfast and and a story.


This afternoon the group were working together playing games.  Then we got on the bus and chatted as if we were passengers.  The group’s aim is to build communication and social skills.

Library revamp

The school is having a tidy of the inside library, which may explain why students have been going home with bags full of books. If parents know of any charities that would like second-hand books-mostly non-fiction please contact the school.

Go Read Bus, The Official Opening

the official opening was carried out by Terry Deary, writer of the Horrible Histories books and numerous others.  It was an excellent afternoon with Miss England,  Asda colleagues, cre8ive, Ambic and Go North East all in attendance.  A special mention to Liz Million and Lisette Auton, two inspiring writers and illustrators and Jack Cornish – our very own published author.    The bus will provide an inspiring reading space.    Thank you to everyone involved,  the bus is amazing!

KS4 and KS5 party

the students have had an excellent time at the Christmas party this afternoon.

book buzz photos

Book Buzz on the bus!

Year 7 received their free Book Buzz books today and were the first students to use the ‘Go Read Bus’.  As you can see from the photos, they were thrilled with their books and the bus.  There are a couple of finishing touches to add to the bus before its grand opening in January.  The books are provided by Book Trust for a small charge to the school who gives them to students to encourage reading for pleasure.  The students all said they were going to read the books over the Christmas break.  They said the bus was ‘cool’!