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August 2016

Coast to Coast – Day 2 and 3

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Sunday we cycled from Kendal to Kirkby Stephen which was a undulating 33 miles.  We left the Lake District for the Howgill fells and stopped in Orton for a cafe break.  After heavy rain overnight, we luckily stayed dry for most of our ride.  When we arrived, the rain returned and so we retreated to eat in a pub at Kirby Stephen.  We also enjoyed some much deserved cake which was kindly brought to us by Arthur’s family. Jess also joined us last night to cycle the rest of the route.

On Monday we cycled from Kirkby Stephen to Barnard Castle with a distance of 31 miles. We had a huge climb at the beginning to Tan Hill Inn, which is the highest pub in England and stopped there for a break. We then enjoyed a fast off road descent to Bowes where we had lunch.  In the afternoon the sun came out and we visited Barnard Castle before heading to our campsite. Tonight we are looking forward to a barbecue in the sunshine followed by a campfire.  Just before the end of today’s ride we reached the 100 mile mark and have now done over half of the journey.

Report by Jess Chatburn and Jack Hodder

Coast to Coast 2016 – Day 1

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This morning, Saturday 27th, our eager group of cyclists headed to Walney Island in Cumbria to begin their Coast to Coast adventure.

The weather was warm and sunny making for perfect conditions although the route was tough with many hills and over 1000m of climbing.  There were also plenty of downhills to enjoy and flat runs along the coast and we also enjoyed cycling through the crowds at Cartmel races.  We cycled a total of 48 miles which thankfully is our longest day!

Everyone did very well and enjoyed their first day.  Tonight we camp near Kendal before we head off to Kirkby Stephen tomorrow and some real hills!

Record-Breaking GCSE Results

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Principal Carmel Crouch is delighted to announce,

“I am absolutely thrilled with this year’s GCSE results which are our best ever with a 100% pass rate in English and Maths and  93% 5 A*-C pass rate. The B-A* pass rate is 68% which indicates the quality of the results and the hard work put in by both pupils and staff. The teaching at Oakhill has been graded as excellent by inspectors and this is clear to see in these outstanding results achieved in a non selective school. All the pupils did well but some did extremely well with one pupil achieving A* in every subject and one subject, History, achieving 83% A* grades. Oakhill might be a small school but we have big ambitions for our pupils and these have been realised in our best ever GCSE results.”

“Congratulations to all of the pupils, staff and parents on your well earned success.”

Oakhill Coast 2 Coast Charity Cycle Ride

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Continuing the Oakhill tradition of summer cycling challenges, this Friday sees the departure of 7 pupils and 5 staff on this years Coast to Coast cycle ride.  The chosen route is the W2W – Walney Island to Whitby, which is a gruelling 170 mile journey taking in the Southern tip of the Lake District, the Howgill Fells and the North Yorkshire Moors.

We have 4 young riders from years 7 and 8 who are facing a daunting adventure at such a young age.  They are however full of energy and determination which we are sure will get them to the end!  They have will have support and inspiration from 3 pupils from our departing year 11 along with the staff team.  The challenge will be met over 5 days of cycling with overnight camps along the way.  Our team will be ably supported by Mrs. Sutterby who will be driving the school minibus along the route.

Our group is raising funds for our 3 school charities; CAFOD, THOMAS and Guide Dogs, which were chosen this year by the Senior School Student Council.  We would gratefully appreciate all donations to inspire our young riders and to support these worthy causes.  You can donate using the link below:


Thank you for your support.  We wish all our riders the best of luck and are all praying for some good weather.


The Golden Age of Cycling Exhibition and Ride – coming to Oakhill

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Join us on Sunday 25th September for the fabulous FREE exhibition at Oakhill School and Leisure from10am till 1pm.

This free exhibition presents a fascinating collection of the Classic Lightweight bicycle from the period 1930 to 1970 followed by a short, one hour ride in the Ribble Valley if you wish to.

CALLING ALL EXHIBITORS – owners of bicycles dating from the ‘Golden Age’ (or thereabouts) are invited to display their machines, please also bring along a short description at 9am on the day. Contact Charles Jepson at clarioncc@yahoo.co.uk to display or just come along on the day.

Refreshments will be available to purchase and there is a large car park.


Oakhill supports the Clitheroe Food Festival

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Oakhill School and Nursery supported the Clitheroe Food Festival last Saturday by staging two key parent and child activities.

The Oakhill Nursery team staffed and supplied the equipment and toys for the Baby Changing and Parent Quiet Zone within the festival at the St Mary’s Centre on Church Street. The room and facilities proved a welcome relief and much needed stop for parents on the busy festival day.

Oakhill also sponsored the ‘The Children’s Cookery Workshops’ which enabled 175 children to enjoy a hands on cookery experience in five workshops staged throughout the day. The children could choose the dish they wanted to create, from chicken stir fry to hand-made pizza. The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts presented the activity, with our very own Oakhill parents Birchall Foodservice supplying all the ingredients and co-sponsoring. Check out the photograph gallery below – it was a really great, fun day