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Pop Art- 8S

8s have been doing some amazing art work based around our topic ‘Pop Art’

Here is Nathan with his fantastic video showing how he completed his final design with the help of his dad! Well done- Keep up the brilliant work!

11W Are still working hard at home.

In 11W this week we are still busy learning about colours. Some of the children have used their resource bags to make lovely Sensory boards. Other children have used their resource bags to make a colourful star.


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.

Bringing the Ancient Egyptians into 2021

9N have been continuing to learn about the ancient Egyptians but have also displayed some impressive computer and resilience skills. Everyone adapted to the challenge and followed instructions to replicate the colours and patterns of Tutankhamen.


School closed

The school grounds are treacherous this morning, so we have made the decision to remain closed. Online learning will continue as usual.

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.


11W Working hard at home.

The pupils in 11W have been busy doing their home learning tasks during lockdown. We are learning about colours, so they’ve been foraging in their gardens to find lots of green items to make frozen ice sculptures. They have also had a go at making green cakes and biscuits.

They also made a colourful rainbow after they had investigated the sensory items in their resource bag,  they have also listened to Mrs Wilson read a lovely rainbow story online.

Some of our children even managed to join in with a Joe Wicks to do some exercise with help from their older sister.

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.

Vouchers for free school meals

We’ve had quite a few calls asking about when vouchers will be available for pupils who have free school meals. We have been informed that this will be “soon” but haven’t yet got a date. We will let you know as soon as we receive word about how and when this will happen.