The Friends of The Oaks School began in February 2006. A small group of staff and parents came together to discuss ways in which they could support our pupils. We adopted the name ‘Friends’ because we wanted the organisation to be open to anyone with a connection to The Oaks. A willingness to work together for the benefit of young people with a special educational need and their families is all that is needed. The group became, affectionately, known as FOTOS.


Our motto is to ‘Have Fun, Fund Raising’ and we aim to provide social events, support and specialist equipment for pupil’s and their families. We host regular coffee mornings, pie pea and bingo, quizzes and barbeques to name a few. We also try to raise the profile of the school within the community and liaise with other charitable organisations. We fund raise through a range of activities and apply for grants. We are always ready to support families and are willing to share our advice and experiences.


We have adopted formal constitution which enables us to have good links with the Parent Kind which the national organisation for parent teacher associations. We have a chairperson, vice chairperson, treasurer and secretary who are appointed each year at the AGM and Mrs English is our ‘president’. We achieved Charity Status in April 2009.


We are a very friendly group who love to meet new people. Please don’t think you need to be available for every meeting or need to attend every event to support FOTOS. There are lots of ways you can be involved, please feel free to join in at any point or get in touch if you have a good idea or a possible community link.


You can become involved with FOTOS by asking to be on our mailing list and attending a meeting or by telephoning Mrs Crawford or Mrs Dobinson at school 01388 827380, sending a note or an e mailing theoaks@durhamlearning.net


We look forward to meeting you