At Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy we believe in building a partnership between school and home. It is important that we work with parents in order to help every child achieve their best.
You are welcome to come in and meet informally with the principal or teachers, just contact us to arrange a visit.
Online payments to school with ParentPay!
We have already introduced a more convenient way to pay for school meals, trips, after school clubs and much moreonline, using a secure service called ParentPay.
From September 2018 we will no longer be accepting cash and cheque payments, making the school a cash-free environment. Parents who need to continue making payments by cash may do so using the PayPoint network at local convenience stores.
Making secure payments online using your credit or debit card
ParentPay offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available.
You will have a secure online account, activated using a unique username and password; you will be prompted to change these, and to keep them safe and secure. If you have more than one child at our school or children at other ParentPay schools, you can create a single account login for all your children.
Making a payment is straightforward and ParentPay holds a payment history for you to view at a later date; no card details are stored in any part of the system. Once you’ve activated your account you can make online payments straight away.
PayPoint payments are recorded by ParentPay and can be seen by logging into your ParentPay account and viewing your payment history online. The nearest PayPoint stores to school are:
- One Stop Shop, Nash Drive, Blurton.
- Meaford Drive Off Licence, Blurton.
- Co-op Finstock Avenue, Blurton.
- Bargain Booze, Anchor Road, Longton.
- Bargain Booze, Carlisle Street, Dresden.
Please notify the Office Manager Telephone number 882200 if you wish to use the PayPoint facility, this facility can only be used for Dinner money. A plastic card will be issued to you to make cash payments for school meals at local PayPoint stores. The first card is free of charge however, any lost or damaged cards will be charged at £3.00 each. Payment cards take about two weeks to arrive but we can issue a barcode letter as an interim measure.
Trip and activity information letters will carry a unique barcode which will allow you to make cash payments at your local PayPoint store.
Your support in using ParentPay will be much appreciated.
For year groups 7 to 10 you will have already received your unique ParentPay Account activation details to use from September. If you have not already activated your account and require a copy of your activation code please contact the academy and we will be happy to assist you.
Please ensure that you child comes to the academy fully equipped with the basic 8 items as shown below.
Enrichment Passport (This will be kept with the Form Tutor)
DEAR Time – “Drop Everything And Read”
The (fun)damental reasoning behind DEAR Time is to encourage your children to read widely and often. As the bold statement in the Reading Mall suggests we “Read to Succeed” at OSSMA.
What is DEAR Time?
The students read for 15 minutes daily except for Wednesday, at 12.15.
Staff model reading to the students.
Students can read their own books or magazines, school books or their AR books.
If a child forgets their book they will be provided with a suitable text from their form tutor/subject teacher but as a reading book forms part of the Super Seven then this should be a rare occurrence!
We encourage the students to keep a record of their reading at DEAR Time in their student planner. As a parent you can monitor their progress and variety of reading material.
DEAR Time is precious; equally important is reading at home too. Please encourage your child’s love of reading. We want them to succeed!
Please click the link below to see the Uniform Expectations document.
OSSMA Careers Service
The Careers Service in OSSMA offers a range of education and training advice around career choice and planning. Its’ aim is to support students by providing information, advice and guidance on colleges, school sixth forms, local training providers and apprenticeships.
Careers Adviser: Julie Chadwick.
Julie is normally in the Academy Monday – Thursday inclusive and can be located in Room G34 in the LRC. Students can book appointments via their form tutor, by calling into the careers office during break or lunch or by contacting Julie directly (see details below).
Julie can be contacted via telephone 01782 882223 (OSSMA careers office) or on 07881 332865 (mobile). Alternatively you can contact her via email email@example.com