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.
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Term Time Leave
We require parents to observe the term times of the academy. The academy will only authorise leave of absence during term time in exceptional circumstances. If parents wish to request a leave of absence during term time, a leave of absence request must be submitted to the academy at least four weeks in advance of the proposed absence. In exceptional circumstances, the period of notice may be reduced but should nevertheless be at least two working days’ written application prior to the proposed absence.
If the academy grants a leave request we will determine the length of time that the student can be away from the academy. Any requests for leave during term time will be considered on an individual basis and the student’s previous attendance record will be taken into account. If term time leave is not granted, you will be invited to meet the Attendance Officer to discuss the impact on your child’s attendance. If you take your child out of the academy after the term time leave has not been granted this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. This may be referred to the local authority and the following actions may be applied:
- A Penalty Notice payable of a £60 or £120 fine.
- Prosecution under s444(1) Education Act 1996, where if convicted you may be fined up to £1,000.
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 more online, 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.
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 daily.
- 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!