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Durham Works Message – FAO Year 11 Pupils

DurhamWorks Programme for Schools is a new programme aimed at providing Information, Advice and Guidance to young people to help to plan their next steps after school.

We are working closely with schools in County Durham to support young people in year 11 and our advisers are here to help during these difficult times. We are available to offer you help and support by telephone/online rather than face to face.

To get in touch, simply use our contact us page and we will contact you as soon as possible. One of our advisers may be in touch soon to explain more.

The Long and Short of it

Neal Chaplin, parent of Keane in year 10 decided to shave off his rather impressive beard as it was heading toward the warm summer of 2020.  He decided that the years of growing the facial decoration, which Gandalph would be envious of, was not to be in vain so he decided to ask for sponsors for the big chop!

He raised an amazing £809.00 from supporters and he chose The Oaks school as benefactors.  The plan was for the ‘big chop’ to be done with a crowd of onlookers and for Neal (AKA Chappie) to present the cheque to the school at an assembly – unfortunately in current climes this was unable to happen.

We’d like to thank Neal for his sacrifice – although his partner, Kim and son Keane were secretly pleased the flowing facial fur was gone!

The money will go toward buying specialist equipment for our students.


Free School Meal Vouchers Update

Each child who is eligible for free school meals will start to receive vouchers in the coming weeks. This will not apply to any pupils who are attending school as they will be receiving their meal from the school.

You will receive a £15 ASDA voucher which will cover week commencing 11th January 2021. These vouchers have been ordered and will be sent out as soon as we receive them.

It has been announced today that the National Voucher Scheme which was used in the previous lockdown will be restarting next week w/c 18th January. These vouchers can be sent via email or post. We will use the same delivery method that was used last time unless advised otherwise.

Emailed vouchers – If you use this option you will be sent an email from Edenred where you can choose from the following supermarkets to redeem your voucher.

Aldi, Iceland, McColl’s, Morrison’s, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose, M&S and Company Shop Group.

Posted Vouchers – We will use the same supermarket that was issued in the previous lockdown or the supermarket which is closest to your home, if you would like to specify a supermarket please let the school know before Friday at 3pm.

Relax Kids

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School Closed

The school is closed today due to snow.


Helen Crawford

Deputy Headteacher

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Remote Learning Agreement

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Food Technology & RE Lessons

For the remainder of this week and the week commencing 11th January, there will be no remote lessons for Food Technology and RE.  Work packs will be sent out to cover these lessons.


Martyn Tweddle

Head of School

Key Workers

Please complete the attached form if you are a critical worker and return to school as soon as possible so that we can make arrangements for your child’s education.

Key Worker Form

Dear Parents and Carers

Due to Teaching Unions expressing their concerns in regard to keeping children and staff safe in schools, I am writing to inform you that The Oaks School will now be closed from Monday 4th January until Monday 18th January. I am very sorry for the mixed messages that you have received over the past few days however I am sure you have all been aware of the escalating concerns and media coverage we have recently seen.  All pupils will now move onto Remote Learning from Wednesday 6th January. We will be sending out individual pupil timetables and login and password details tomorrow.

Please note, the school will only be open for children of critical workers and children risk assessed by the school as being safer in school.  Parents and carers will need to provide proof of their job role and work patterns to access this provision. The Oaks follows specific criteria, which is supported by the Local Authority, which specifies which children are deemed vulnerable in our setting. The purpose of the school closure is to reduce transmission of the virus and we carefully consider a child’s vulnerability against their risks of being at school. Having an EHC or being a Looked after Child does not necessarily mean that your child will have access to this provision. We will contact you if we are able to offer your child a place.

Martyn Tweddle

Executive Deputy Head Teacher