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.
Head of School
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.
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.
Executive Deputy Head Teacher
In order to make sure that we keep everyone as safe as possible given the current situation, we have decided to close to all pupils until Thursday 7th January. This will allow time for us to organise and undertake training for testing procedures. We realise that this is short notice and apologise for any inconvenience caused. everyone will return to school and to learning on Thursday.
Just to let you know that The Oaks will be fully open to pupils from Tuesday 5th January. The only exceptions to this are pupils who fit into the government’s Clinically Extremely Vulnerable category who must shield at home. If your child is clinically extremely vulnerable and will not be able to return, please would you let us know via the school email.
We will be engaging in the testing process for pupils whose parents give consent. This will not happen during the first week back to allow us time to plan and prepare for the process. You will be sent a letter regarding consent in due course.
We hope that you’ve all had a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing our pupils back at school in the new year.
You will have heard that the government have announced changes to the return dates for secondary schools. We are not yet clear how that impacts on us in special schools, but as soon as the guidance is published we will be in touch to let you know.
We have had so much fun in 9D this week! We couldn’t go out on trips or have our usual Christmas disco, but we worked together to plan a fabulous party day. We had dancing, party games, Christmas baking, a Santa piñata, pizzas and reindeer hoopla! We don’t know who enjoyed it more – staff or pupils! We do know that our pupils deserved to have an amazing day, though, as they have all been hard-working super stars this term. Well done, 9D – enjoy your Christmas break, and we’ll see you in the New Year!
11W Enjoyed our school Christmas lunch, thank you to the kitchen staff for doing a fantastic job.
7H have had a lovely day; we had a maths-focused morning, working on comparative language of ‘bigger, biggest, smaller, smallest’. We had a look at sequencing and ordering by size, using Christmas-themed pictures…
We continued our festivities with a party in the afternoon. We had lots of food, decorations, music, crackers, and of course some Christmas hats!
A glorious Thursday!