PfA 2 Newsletters

The PfA 2 newsletter is a weekly update and includes learner contributions, Wall of Fame and useful links to support all learners. It also celebrates our wonderful learners’ successes.

July  2021

Week 1 Joseph Thurtle was in College all week on work experience. He is a keen chef and he taught our learners some key culinary skills and supported individuals throughout the week across Food Life Skills, Digital Skills and English before helping in Spill the Beans Café.

Next week see the return of Oakfest, our learners have been working hard to prep for this. Lets hope the weather improves.

This weeks book choice comes from Blayke Witten: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Chapter 1 (Audiobook) – YouTube

June 2021

Week 4 – It has been an incredible week in College.

Monday saw the launch of our new radio station, RadiO. Our first ever broadcast was a great success: it will be a great opportunity for our learners to improve their confidence and communication skills and to share what is happening throughout the college.

Despite the weather, the Natspec Games went ahead. Learners had the opportunity to try out new activities from Boccia to Yoga, Bubble disco to Waffle making.

We had some high profile visits this week including the BBC, Greg Clarke and Tom Tugendhat filming a piece about our onsite Tesco. By having our own supermarket we really are able to offer work skills that matter.

Week 3 – It has been a very busy but enjoyable week in College.

The learners have laughed their way through the English unit on comedy they are studying this term. There are some true comedians in PfA2, it has been fantastic.

Next Tuesday Oakley College will be taking part in Natspec Activity Day. Young people will be able to choose from a range of activities including: drumming, Boccia and a bubble disco!

May 2021

Week 4 – It has been a busy week at College. The learners have been learning about employability skills through a series of group tasks. As a result of completing these they have correctly identified the skills that they demonstrated to each other, including teamwork, effective communication and listening skills.

This weeks book choice come from Harvey Weed: Fantastic Mr Fox, please do listen along here: Roald Dahl | Fantastic Mr Fox – Full audiobook with text (AudioEbook) – YouTube

Our Mini enterprise items are on sale on Oakley Tesco shop. Orders can be sent to

Week 2 This week learners have been focusing on their Personal Development targets. They have all been kind, caring and thoughtful. In PSHE learners focused on the topic of Drugs and Alcohol. They all contributed to a wonderful collage with the central message ” Just Say No”. This weeks book choice comes from Ashley Lucas, “Stig of the Dump” by Clive King. If you fancy reading this weekend, Open library has over 1 million books available for all reading interests and levels Welcome to Open Library | Open Library

April 2021

Week 2 – This week has seen the start of our internal work placements. The hospitality group were lucky enough to kick start there session with a talk from Clare Mitchell, an Events Manager, who has helped organise events at the Golf Open and Ascot.

It is wonderful to see what our learners get up to outside of College, from playing football, Hockey, mini Golf and Isaac being Best Man at his brother wedding.

The Enterprise team are collecting tin cans ( rinsed with labels removed) please bring them into College and leave them at Reception.

Week 1 After a fairly chilly Easter break we were thrilled to welcome back those learners who had been shielding since Christmas. The red carpet was rolled out and there was a such a buzz around the College.

Our first trip in several months saw some learners heading to Trinity Theatre. They took part in a theatre workshop and found out about careers in the Arts Sector.

Next week sees the start of our internal work placements. These will focus on employability skills in Landscape gardening & Horticulture, Hospitality & Catering and Art & Enterprise.

March 2021

Week 4It has been a short week for our learners but they have  managed to achieve some amazing things both in College and those who are shielding. Our chosen book this week is Happy Easter, Little Critter (Little Critter) – YouTube . We hope you all have a lovely break and look forward to welcoming back those learners who have been shielding.

Week 3 Following on from last weeks newsletter, The Enterprise team made an impressive £72 from the sale of the seed bombs. This weeks book choice comes from Megan Jones: Diary of a Wimpy kid. [Book 1] Diary of a wimpy kid (audiobook) – YouTube


Week 2 – Its been wonderful to see so many of our learners back in College, we are so impressed how quickly they have settled back into college life and are embracing their learning. For those who remain at home we are so proud of your resilience and perseverance with your remote learning. The Enterprise team have been working well as part of a team making seed bombs ready to sell; they are proving very popular. Red Nose Day was a great success – everyone enjoyed watching Megan and Blake being ” gunged” with all sorts of horrible things. We are so pleased to have received our fantastic Jukebox – thank you to everyone who made this possible.

Week 1 – This weeks book choice comes from Eddie Dyja; The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. Since it was published in 2019 it has brought comfort and joy to a global community trying to make sense of a ” new normal” induced by the pandemic. ” Always remember you matter, you’re important, you’re loved and you bring to this world things that no one else can”.

February 2021

Week 2 – As we move ever closer to welcoming our learners back to College, our learners continue to demonstrate resilience and determination in all their learning.

Week 1 – Find out what happened to the Mystery Golden Duck in our feature film. We held our very own Great Oakley Bake Off, and our learners used their maths skills to make delightful cakes Mary Berry would be proud of! This this week was made even more exciting by the arrival of some snow!

January 2021

January week 3 – Our learners have shown fantastic time management skills for their live lessons this week. It’s wonderful to see what our learners are achieving both at College and at home.

January week 2  – This week’s newsletter demonstrates how our learners have demonstrated a range of skills including, problem solving, effective communication, creativity, resilience and self motivation.

January week 1 – Our first newsletter celebrating all the wonderful things our learners have been doing at home and in College. We are so proud of all that they achieved and the resilience they have shown.