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Home Testing

Today or tomorrow your child will bring home a test kit.  There are 3 tests in the box. The latest Government guidance is attached. Could you please spread the 3 tests across the Easter holidays so that your child has been tested just before their return on 12th April.  School only needs to be informed if the test is POSITIVE. Thank you

Testing at home throughout the Easter holidays for schools and colleges.

Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme on the return to school and college, it is vital to keep testing at home throughout the Easter holidays and into the summer term. Please pass on this message to all of your staff, students and parents:

Test twice a week at home from now on (all those who are able to)

Report results online as positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping us to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country

Continue to test twice weekly over the Easter holidays

Test before returning to school or college for the summer term, either the night before, or morning of, the first day back, to find and isolate any positive cases

COVID Testing

Dear Parents and Carers,
We will be continuing to provide COVID testing until Easter holidays for all pupils who have provided a signed consent form. The testing at school will continue until Easter. We will provide further information after Easter in regard to any changes to the testing procedures. If you do not wish for your child to be tested in school please contact the school. If you have not signed a consent form then this message does not apply to your child.

Martyn Tweddle

Executive Deputy Head Teacher

Lateral Flow COVID Testing

Unfortunately, the Government website to log tests has ‘crashed’ today. We have still supported the pupils to do a test but have not been able to  register or log results. If your child was having a test today please assume that the result is negative.  We will telephone if there is a positive result.  Thank you


For the attention of Year 11 pupils’ parents / carers. Year 11 pupils have been involved in a virtual assembly with the National Citizen Service this morning. This is a government initiative to get pupils active and work on their key skills and qualities over the summer holidays. Please find in this blog a parent letter, booklet with key information along with a flyer that pupils received today. There is a video link which gives you further information:  https://bit.ly/3kLksnu

The Oaks SU21 PG Letter

YP Information Flyer


Letting Go & Future Plans

There are lots of things that we haven’t been able to do due to coronavirus – see friends, hug a grandparent, go shopping or visit a favourite café. Use our activities to encourage your child to accept and let go of the things they missed out on due to the lockdown, and to look forward to things they can do in the future.

Letting Go and Future Plans

Secondary Back to School Booklet

Face Coverings

The government has provided new guidance on the wearing of face coverings. They are recommending that face coverings should be worn by staff and pupils where social distancing cannot easily be maintained when moving around the premises outside of classrooms or teaching spaces, such as in corridors and communal areas.  In the classroom they are recommending that face coverings should be worn  where possible unless a pupil is taking part in PE or strenuous activity.  This will be reviewed at Easter.

I realise that this could potentially increase your child’s anxiety levels.  Therefore, we have to be flexible in our approach to wearing face coverings especially in the classroom as we have many learners with complex and specific needs.

Thank you for your continued support.


Martyn Tweddle

Executive Deputy Head Teacher

Return to School

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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.