Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Letter to Parents - Autumn 2014

October 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I wanted to update you on events and progress at OSCA as this half term draws to a close.  And what a half term it’s been!  As you know, it was an ‘interesting’ start to term with all the complications of the building work and complete changeover of ICT and phone systems.  It’s fair to say these have thrown up a few trials and tribulations for us all!  I would like to thank parents and guardians for their support and understanding during these challenging few months.  Although there is still a lot of snagging to do, as you would expect on such a major project, the great news is that it has all been worth it, and the new facilities are superb.  We are now moving towards the demolition of the old blocks and landscaping.  Please watch this space for the official grand opening next year, and for your invite to come along and view the finished facilities.

One of the things I am most proud of is the stoicism and hard work of my students and staff throughout any challenges we have faced in this past year.  In true ‘Team OSCA’ spirit, we have managed not only to survive, but to thrive.  As you know, GCSE results were the best ever in 2014, and we are predicting a significant rise again in 2015.  Attendance has continued to improve again this half term.  It is currently running at 98%, which is up 1.5% on last year’s record breaking figure, and up 3.5 % on the year before!  We were the highest performing school on attendance in the whole of Sandwell last year, and one of the highest performing in the whole country!  We intend to keep this target high though, and again I would like to thank parents and families for all your support on this.  Every year, when we do an analysis of results, we find the highest achievers are also the highest attenders, so being here every day, on time, really does pay off in terms of success.  Indeed, we recently commissioned an external review of behaviour and attendance at OSCA.  A few headlines from the report include:

  • Behaviour is good in lessons across the Academy, and in many cases it is outstanding
  • Students are smart and orderly on arrival to the Academy and when moving around the site
  • Students and staff are proud of belonging to the Academy
  • The Academy is moving towards a judgment of outstanding in terms of behaviour and safety

Alongside this, we have managed to have a bit of fun and some adventures too - please see the attached newsletter for just some of the great things that have happened this half term, as well as some key dates.

And finally, news of all the great things happening here at OSCA is spreading.  You may already know we are full and oversubscribed in the new year 7, with a waiting list for places, for the first time in the academy’s history.  With a half term under their belt now, the year 7 are shaping up to be our brightest, biggest, and best year group ever!  Furthermore, we hosted an exceptionally popular open evening in September for year 6 students and their families.  Attendance at this event was up 200% on two years ago!  The feedback from prospective students and parents alike was superb, and competition for places in 2015 is likely to be fierce.

So, a big thank from me once again for all your support this half term, and best wishes for a happy and enjoyable half term week.

Yours faithfully

Marie McMahon
Principal