Update on Return to School

Please see the attached information

March 2021 reopening

The Oaks Consent form


The Oaks letter to parents re Covid testing

Duke of Edinburgh students win award in County Durham Environment Awards 2020

I am delighted to share with you all the fantastic news that our Duke of Edinburgh students have been declared winners in this year’s County Durham  Environment Awards receiving “HIGHLY COMMENDED”  in the category “Schools and Colleges”.

They were nominated for an award by Louise Harrington of The Durham Heritage Coastal Charity for their hard work during the coastal challenge they undertook in partnership with her. They worked in very cold conditions during winter months to clear rubbish from all of the Durham coast beaches. They performed 16 beach cleans and a total of 68 black bin bags full of rubbish were collected. In addition they managed to remove a shopping trolley and a huge tyre!

This years ceremony was virtual and you can watch the results by following this link and watching the YouTube video.


The DofE team are VERY proud of every student involved and will be sure to display our trophy and certificate proudly in school once we receive it.

Well done !



Art Competition

Using Teams : Online Safety Advice

teams parent advice reference sheet


Year 11 Enterprise group were challenged with creating their own cheesecakes during half term. They had spent the previous weeks researching recipes, creating shopping lists and searching for the best prices for their ingredients. I’ve just had the first of our attempts from Selina and  all I can say is wow and express how sad I am I can’t taste test them! Brilliant effort! can’t wait to see the rest…

8s- Chinese New Year!

To celebrate Chinese New Year 8s have taken part in lots of activities both in school and at home. We started by reading some stories and watching videos to learn all about Chinese New Year!

Some of us follow step by step videos to create Chinese dragons.

Others used 2D shapes to build a dragon.

We even learnt how to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Mandarin Chinese.

This was followed by learning how to make a delicious Chinese stir fry with rice noodles (Very healthy!)

We even created some Lucky fish crafts.

However we chose to celebrate, we all had great fun!

11W Great fun at home!

This week in 11W we took part in a whole class activity at home. It was great to see our pupils once again. This week we are looking at the colour purple, so we had great fun blowing bubbles through a straw. In a mixing bowl we added purple paint, washing up liquid & water. We made some fabulous bubble prints.


Safer Internet Day 2021

As we are all now using the internet increasingly more by participating in our remote learning lessons I though it would be a good idea to refresh our online safety skills and knowledge. Today (9th February) is Safer Internet Day. I Have posted a little bit of information about the event and some fun activities for you to do. You could even watch the BBC’s online lesson about it too. (11am) Enjoy!

Miss Fink (ICT Coordinator)

11W Making a mess at home!

In 11W this week we had a group lesson on colour mixing! We added red & yellow paint to some shaving foam & mixed them together! We made orange! We also managed to make a mess! We then made some lovely prints from our foam art work. Even the staff had fun.


8s Weather Reports

For our Geography topic this term we have been looking at Weather and Climate. This week I set pupils a virtual learning challenge to become weather reporters! They all did a fabulous job! A future career for some of them perhaps?