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School Updates

Rainbow Flag Award

The Oaks is proud to be an inclusive school community. To show our commitment to diversity, we are currently working towards the Rainbow Flag award. This is a national framework to help schools take a positive approach to LGBT+ inclusion. The school has to demonstrate how the curriculum, policies, staff, students and governors all work together on improving LGBT+ inclusion and awareness.

So far this year, Mrs Pitchford and Mrs Farrow have attended training with the Rainbow Flag award delivery partners. In addition, The Rainbow Room, a student group for LGBT+ students and allies, has designed a new section for the school website. They have also developed an RRS lesson on LGBT+ to make it more accessible and relevant for students.

Look out for updates about our progress during the coming months. You can also head to the Rainbow Flag Award website for more information.

Rainbow Flag Award


World Book Day 2024

For the last 2 weeks, students have used their RRS lessons to complete reading based activities. This is linked to Article 28 of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and World Book Day.
To promote our love of reading, staff shared their favourite books, students designed new front covers, recreated covers as photographs, made book-themed quizzes and much more.
All classes were asked to decorate their doors as a book of their choice and the results were incredible! Students and staff also came to school dressed as their favourite book characters on Thursday 7th March.
Thank you to everyone who made it such a special event.
Mrs Pitchford


Online Safety Tips for Parents

This week’s what-parents-need-to-know-about-online-content-10-tips-to-keep-your-children-safe-online
online safety guide focuses on online content: 10 tips to keep your children safe online. The internet has transformed the ability to access content. Many apps that children use are dependent on user-generated content which can encourage freedom of expression, imagination and creativity. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as age inappropriate content, privacy issues and mental health.

Letter from Mrs English

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you know, I will be retiring from my post as Executive Head of our federation on December 31st.  I want to take this opportunity to say a massive “thank you” to you all for your support of our schools.  The federation works so well because of the strong partnerships we have, including those with yourselves.


I am one of the lucky few who has enjoyed every part of my career, and can honestly say that I have no regrets.  I have said many times, that there are elements of my job that I would do for free because I love it so much!


I have been honoured to be part of your child’s story, and those of all of the pupils who have attended our schools over the years.  I know that Mr. Tweddle will continue to develop the federation, and that all of our leaders and staff will continue to give above and beyond for our children.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


With all my good wishes for the future,




Andrea English

Executive Head Teacher.


Makaton Choir visit Willowdene Care Home

Students from our Makaton Choir group visited Willowdene Care Home and performed a selection of festive songs for the residents. Students enjoyed singing and signing as well as meeting the people at Willowdene. We had a lovely afternoon out in the community and sharing our enjoyment of makaton.

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