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Renaissance Online Reading

The Oaks has signed up to a new online reading programme with 7000 titles!  Passwords will be sent to you soon.

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Provision for pupils after half term

Following the recent government announcement regarding a phased return to school for some pupils, we have been working closely with Durham County Council to establish what is right for our school. The council is supporting all schools in the county, to establish a pattern and timeframe that works for them. They have provided a risk assessment, which is designed to put the health and safety of children first and ensure each school mitigates, to the best of their ability, risks associated with a phased return. Working with the Council, we have decided that the following approach best suits the needs of children and families at The Oaks.

Pupils who have been attending school (children of key workers and pupils deemed vulnerable at home) will continue to attend.

The school will contact and offer places to a very small number of additional pupils whose parents are key workers or who are deemed vulnerable at home to begin to expand provision when we believe it is safe to do so. This will not be before 8th June.

Following this, it may be possible to hold meetings between staff and Year 10 pupils who have already begun working towards exams next year. All other pupils will continue to receive work at home and regular welfare calls from staff.

We have carried out risk assessments and believe that this is the safest approach for our pupils and staff at the current time. We will continue to update you via the school website.

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COVID-19 Guidance Secondary School

Help secondary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice for parents and carers supporting the home learning of secondary school children (year 7 to 11).



We have created ‘The Oaks Secondary School’ official Facebook page. Please log on and follow us. There isn’t a lot of information on there currently, but we will try to upload more in the future.

Mental Health Awareness Week

At The Oaks Secondary School, we aim to promote positive mental health for every child, parent / carer and staff.  We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at identified vulnerable pupils and families.

In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health.  The Oaks Secondary School work closely with CAMHS. The Oaks School offers a Listening Matters Program which supports pupils emotional well-being.  We recognise that by developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for children affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health.

The school has achieved The Silver Mental Health Award for schools.

Mental Health Policy

Autism and Anxiety Training

Planet Chill



Safe Space Project

Organisations Providing Help for Parents

Useful Links

Kooth    (May help people to find help locally)

www.docready  (Prepares young people to express themselves effectively at the doctors) (Explores the effects of mental health on relationships) (An app for sharing feelings with friends) (An app for promoting mental health) (Explains different medications) (offers tools and resources to help yourself and others feel better and is commissioned by the NHS)

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Mindfulness – Youth Voices


 Whilst COVID-19 continues to impact us all in so many ways, I am pleased to be able to share some good news too.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has allowed us to adapt our planned activities for our participants whilst they are home.

Having sent home a set of alternative activities I suggested our students could complete for their Physical and Skills sections, I have been extremely impressed at how much has been done on the last few weeks!.

Parents and carers have been superb at taking the tasks on board and encouraging their children to do as much as possible so that we can give them every chance to complete their awards this year in spite of the disruption to their time in school.

Here are a just a few examples of the 

Keep up the great work all and keep sending in your evidence..

I really look forward to receiving it!

Mrs Irvine :0) 

Jack getting to grips with a lawn mower.. physical and skills in one go !

Jacks homemade delicious biscuits.. a new skill being developed 🙂

Joe has been very busy indeed – lots of physical and skills based activities undertaken



Aaron has really enjoyed his new found hobby/skill of birdwatching and baking 🙂   

Family Groups – Article of The Week

Article of the Week: Article 28


This week we are looking at Article 28 – the right to education. As teachers we know how important this right is for children, particularly when education for children in the UK is harder to access.

Like last week, this set will contain activities for primary and secondary, a reflection and an extension exercise. Activities are easy to carry out with the minimum of equipment – most only need a pencil and paper. All previous weeks’ packs are available online.


Wishing you all the best,


Mrs Farrow