Year 10 Careers Fayre

Pupils in year 10 visited a careers fayre today. The information and guidance event was open to all schools in South West Durham. Despite the crowds, our students were able to visit the tables to ask questions and collect leaflets and other goodies.


Well done The Oaks!!

Ofsted visited our school two weeks ago and have once again said that The Oaks is an outstanding school! We’re all very proud of our achievement and have celebrated with ice creams for pupils and cream cakes for staff. Parents will receive a copy of the report by post and it will be on the Ofsted website at the beginning of next week.

Accelerated Reader on iPads!!

We now have some lovely brand new, shiny, iPads for Accelerated Reader!! Don’t forget, everyone is very welcome at Reading Club, in Mrs Chisholm’s room, every break and lunch time. Here’s Lydia from 8C doing her most recent Accelerated Reader quiz on an iPad:


A big “thank you” to our friends from The Masons!

We had a visit today from some of our friends from The Masons, who brought with them a fabulous cheque for £5000! A massive thank you to Mr John Webster who accepted a bid from Joe Bulmer, who along with Joe Plews, Keith Dinning and Sam Savage are keen supporters of our school. Here they are pictured with some of our pupils and Myra Smith, Vice Chair of Governors.


County Disability Athletics

Pupils enjoying trying to qualify for the Regional Athletics Championships at Sunnydale athletics track.








Lights, camera, action! Welcome back to Filmclub.

Thomas in 7D is our newest pupil to join Filmclub. DSCF0689

11A Shopping

Emma, Ethan, Simon and Daniel went shopping in Lidl yesterday.



8Q and 9W enjoying their weekly lesson at South Durham Gym Club!



Harry does his first forward roll.






Filmclub Talent Development Workshop


During the Half-Term Holidays in March, Reece went down to Filmclub’s Head Office in Kensington, London to take part in a workshop on the subject of writing more informative reviews. Reece and several more ‘Flimclubbers’ watched Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, then with the help of Filmclub Team, he produced a fab review.

Read Reece’s review,
“This movie was enjoyable. I found this film to be classic the characters were likeablenews-and-events__danreviewer. The animation is Tim Burton animation. His artwork is so original you can tell a lot of effort went in this film the visuals are fantastic. I like the fact that it’s not just a parody to Frankenstein but lots of good films like Gremlins, Dracula so I’m giving this film four stars out of five for great animation and a well put together cast. By the way what ever did happen to that invisible fish?”

Successful swimming match

Pupils from year 7 through to year 11 visited The Education Village in Darlington today, for our first swimming match. In an enjoyable and close competition against Beaumont Hill School, The Oaks were the eventual overall winners! Well done to all swimmers!