Hello yellow!

You may already know that it’s mental health day today. In family groups we looked at ways to keep our mood optimal. We mainly talked about anxiety and depression and some strategies to help us keep our mental health in check!

We learned that scents can ground us if we feel anxious. We tested different scents to see which worked for us. We also tried different sensory activities, from clapping our hands to using plastercene to relax.

It’s also national space week. 10B are learning about space so we combined some relaxing activities with our topic. We discussed why we were doing each activity so we knew more about mindfulness, relaxation and we talked about why mental health is important.

We made an oil burner to help us relax.

World Mental Health Day

Today in our Family Group we talked and practised how to use a variety of techniques to stay calm, relax and unwind.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Many thanks to everybody who donated cakes, biscuits or tombola prizes for our recent Macmillan Coffee Morning.  Pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the now annual event organised by Elm house. Mr Caruso won the staff bake off competition for the second year in a row and was awarded the ‘star baker’ prize. We raised a grand total of £688 for the charity.


Book Buzz

All of our year 7 receive a free book to take home to inspire them to become better readers.  Reading is a very important skill and Book Buzz is Just one of the initiatives at The Oaks to support reading.


On a Thursday afternoon some of the Oaks pupils and Croft pupils meet in a Hairdressing salon near Durham.

The girls are completing a NOCH entry level qualification covering:

Prepare and maintain the salon

Shampoo and conditioning

Hair plaiting

Proving basic manicure treatments 

After School Clubs

After School Club


AGM Invite 2019

Letter re assessment

Letter to parents re assessment

Flu vaccinations for pupils aged 17 and under

Flu letter 2019-20

Connecting classrooms

A delegation from Zimbabwe visited the UK this week.  Ishmael, a head from a special school, spent time at The Oaks today.  He was very impressed with the facilities, the teachers and the students. There was a goodbye afternoon tea as they travel back to Africa tomorrow.  Ms Swales will visit Zimbabwe next year to visit Ishmael’s school for the hearing impaired.  The project is linked to Rights Respecting Schools and a way of sharing good practice and for our students to visualise themselves as Global Citizens working together for each other and the globe.