Academy Update 22/10/20 – Half Term Information

Posted on: October 22, 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

A very long and challenging half term comes to a close this week. I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire community for its support over the last few months. The academy has gone to great lengths to ensure as great a sense of normality as possible whilst ensuring that standards remain high. The students and staff have risen to the task, and they should rightly be proud of themselves.

The academy will be closed to students on Friday 23rd October for an INSET day. The academy will reopen for students on Monday 2nd November. Next half term will present new challenges, not least of which will be brought on by the weather. If possible, please ensure that your child comes to school with a coat every day. I would also be grateful if parents who collect their children by car could avoid dropping off/picking up their child directly outside of the academy. I am getting concerned at the amount of traffic on Beaconsfield Drive, and we also want year groups to disperse at the end of the day as opposed to mixing with other year groups leaving.

For two days after students finish for the half-term break, parents/carers still need to notify the academy if their child tests positive for Covid-19. Any individual who tests positive for Covid-19 is most infectious in the 48 hours prior to symptoms appearing. Therefore, we must still be able to identify close contacts of the person tested positive. If your child receives a positive test result on Friday 23rd October or Saturday 24th October, you must inform the academy via email at info@ossma.co.uk.

A big thank you to all parents for supporting the academy’s decision to ask students to wear a face-covering in communal areas. Students will naturally lose masks from time to time and if they wish to buy a new one, we will no longer be accepting cash, but will instead charge £1 to the students’ Parent Pay account. By doing this, staff can avoid handling coins. We are also seeking to improve our food ordering service for lunches. I know some students have inadvertently gone into debt on their accounts this half term. From next month I would ask that parents of students not on free school meals who order food, please ensure that your account is in credit. We cannot take orders for students who don’t have sufficient funds in their account from this point onwards. If you are facing difficulties, please contact the academy and we will try to help you.

Our first parents’ evening will be on Wednesday 4th November for Year 7. Unfortunately, we cannot host this in the academy so we will be offering telephone consultations. If you wish to book a telephone consultation with a member of staff or require further instructions on how to book a consultation, please do so here.

Year 11 mock exams will begin on 30th November. We will release an information video after half term showing you how you can help your child to revise. In light of the experiences of last year’s GCSE students, these mocks are very important. If England follows Scotland’s example and decides not to run GCSE exams, then these mock exams will form a large part of any teacher assessment that is submitted. Students must prepare for them thoroughly, so please help us ensure that they attend all intervention sessions at 3.20 pm.

My best wishes to you and your family and once again, thank you for all your support.

Yours sincerely,

 

N Brennan

Principal