Canopic jars

George and Katie have done a fantastic job at following instructions and being resourceful to create their own Egyptian canopic jars. I’m sure you’ll agree they’re worthy of a golden acorn!

Letting Go & Future Plans

There are lots of things that we haven’t been able to do due to coronavirus – see friends, hug a grandparent, go shopping or visit a favourite café. Use our activities to encourage your child to accept and let go of the things they missed out on due to the lockdown, and to look forward to things they can do in the future.

Letting Go and Future Plans

Secondary Back to School Booklet

Face Coverings

The government has provided new guidance on the wearing of face coverings. They are recommending that face coverings should be worn by staff and pupils where social distancing cannot easily be maintained when moving around the premises outside of classrooms or teaching spaces, such as in corridors and communal areas.  In the classroom they are recommending that face coverings should be worn  where possible unless a pupil is taking part in PE or strenuous activity.  This will be reviewed at Easter.

I realise that this could potentially increase your child’s anxiety levels.  Therefore, we have to be flexible in our approach to wearing face coverings especially in the classroom as we have many learners with complex and specific needs.

Thank you for your continued support.


Martyn Tweddle

Executive Deputy Head Teacher

Return to School

Update on Return to School

Please see the attached information

March 2021 reopening

The Oaks Consent form


The Oaks letter to parents re Covid testing

Duke of Edinburgh students win award in County Durham Environment Awards 2020

I am delighted to share with you all the fantastic news that our Duke of Edinburgh students have been declared winners in this year’s County Durham  Environment Awards receiving “HIGHLY COMMENDED”  in the category “Schools and Colleges”.

They were nominated for an award by Louise Harrington of The Durham Heritage Coastal Charity for their hard work during the coastal challenge they undertook in partnership with her. They worked in very cold conditions during winter months to clear rubbish from all of the Durham coast beaches. They performed 16 beach cleans and a total of 68 black bin bags full of rubbish were collected. In addition they managed to remove a shopping trolley and a huge tyre!

This years ceremony was virtual and you can watch the results by following this link and watching the YouTube video.


The DofE team are VERY proud of every student involved and will be sure to display our trophy and certificate proudly in school once we receive it.

Well done !



Art Competition

Using Teams : Online Safety Advice

teams parent advice reference sheet


Year 11 Enterprise group were challenged with creating their own cheesecakes during half term. They had spent the previous weeks researching recipes, creating shopping lists and searching for the best prices for their ingredients. I’ve just had the first of our attempts from Selina and  all I can say is wow and express how sad I am I can’t taste test them! Brilliant effort! can’t wait to see the rest…

8s- Chinese New Year!

To celebrate Chinese New Year 8s have taken part in lots of activities both in school and at home. We started by reading some stories and watching videos to learn all about Chinese New Year!

Some of us follow step by step videos to create Chinese dragons.

Others used 2D shapes to build a dragon.

We even learnt how to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Mandarin Chinese.

This was followed by learning how to make a delicious Chinese stir fry with rice noodles (Very healthy!)

We even created some Lucky fish crafts.

However we chose to celebrate, we all had great fun!