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Down on the Farm - Stockley Farm Visit

The weather may have been cold and wet but it certainly did not dampen the spirits of our young people who spent the day at Stockley Farm in Cheshire. The youngsters and staff from our Congleton Oracle School were all wrapped up for a day at the farm and had a fantastic time. The day included a look at how an organic farm is run, in particular a dairy farm and how that differs from a normal farm, this meant the young people got to meet the dairy cows and calves, along with other animals on the farm such as the sheep and goats. They went on to look at the milking parlour and the procedures for milking the cows and explaining how they kept the cows welfare at the heart of this process. For the second part of the day they took a tractor ride around the estate where the farm is based, discussing how farming had developed over the last 100 years with regards to machinery and imagined a day’s work on a dairy farm then and now... the very early start was a shock to the youngsters! Afterwards the students went to look at the polly tunnels to see how having these affects the variety of vegetables grown on the farm and talk about how seasonal foods affects our diets and so as a result we looked at food miles linking in with recent lessons in school. To top the day off the students received a hot chocolate or an ice cream made on the farm using their organic produce from the cows they had met earlier. The highlight of the day was meeting the baby goat Coco and her mum Fudge!

First Careers Expo


We were pleased to welcome a good mix of professionals at our first Careers Expo. There was representation from the uniform services (Fire and Rescue), vocational sector (a chef) and an engineer. Students were highly engaged and conducted themselves really well. They now have a written career plan, motivated by professionals.

Professionals feedback was impressive as seen below:

‘I really enjoyed the morning and found the pupils to be very well mannered and reflected well on the school. Overall the format was good and in particular I think gave students who were interested in a subject a chance to learn more about it first-hand. I hope you will invite me back next time you run a similar event.’

Ben Yates- Engineer.

‘The event was, in my opinion, a great success. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the experience and loved sharing my experience with the students, who were all extremely well behaved and interested in everything I had to say. I very much look forward to being involved with any future events you organise.’

Robert Slater Meal Time-Chef

‘What a pleasure it was to work with your students today! They were all engaged, polite and hardworking a credit to your school! Once again thank-you for your hospitality today and please thank all staff for looking after me so well!’

Boydell Gillian- independent careers Officer.

Parents Information Evening at our Bedford School


Our Bedford school held its first Parent Evening on 23 January, which was a great success. It was very well attended with all students represented, apart from one for whom a separate meeting had been held. Parents had a chance to listen to the plans for students and discuss their progress with teachers. The students themselves responded well to parents viewing their books and talking face to face with their teachers and tutors.

Some of the great feedback we received:

"I just wanted to pass on my thanks to you and the rest of the teaching team. I really enjoyed the parents afternoon and the presentation you gave. I found it really motivating and informative. What is also great is that I've come back to the home and Miles and I have read through his report together and he is beaming! Thankyou" (Parent)

School Christmas Lunches

This week both our schools hosted a festive Christmas lunch.

Our pupils assisted our Food Tech teachers to prepare a delicious 3 course meal, to which all staff had been invited too.

It was a lovely occasion where everyone sat down together and celebrated another successful term.

There was even a surprise visit from Santa with a sackful of presents (he looked suspiciously like our Head of Care Mark Cole...)


Christmas Tree Festival

A few of the Art Students at our Bedford School entered a local Christmas Tree Festival at St Nicholas Church in Barton Le Clay.

Each student created their own Bitmoji character and made a bauble for themselves. They also each hung a key on the tree with a label saying 'the key to my success is...'

The crowning glory was the beautiful Oracle star on the top - the students named our entry 'The Oracle Star.'

The judges awarded us 2nd Place with a "Highly Commended" Award, much to everyone's delight!



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