Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Letter to Parents - March 2015


Dear Parent/Guardian

As we approach the end of another highly successful term here at OSCA, I am writing to share a few of the highlights of the term with you, and to confirm end of term arrangements.

I am delighted to start by sharing with you the fantastic news that we are full and over subscribed for the second consecutive year!  You may recall me telling you last year that this had never happened in either the academy, or the predecessor school’s history, so I am delighted it is ‘the new norm’ here at OSCA.  This is a reflection of course of all the superb work we have been doing on raising standards here over the past two years.  It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students - all with your superb support of course!  As standards have risen, so too our reputation has justly improved, and our aspirations continue to rise too.

In specific terms, our monitoring shows that the quality of teaching continues to improve every term.  The overwhelming majority of students now display a thirst for knowledge, as is evidenced for instance by the seismic shift in attendance, which is now well above the national average at OSCA.  Current attendance is 97.3%, up almost 3% on two years ago, making us the highest attaining school in the whole of the borough once again, and indeed in the whole of the country!  Punctuality has improved by 33% this year alone. There has been a significant reduction in the number of behaviour points allocated, it is now 25% lower than for the same period last year.  This is despite having more categories that attract behaviour points, a higher number of students on roll, and a general lowering to ‘zero tolerance’ of disruptive behaviour. Indeed, I was delighted that a record number of students (543) were eligible for the end of term reward trip, and we are sending 7 coaches to Drayton manor on Friday!  A well-deserved end of term treat for our hard working students.

I have been especially proud this year of the maturity and dedication of our year 11 students, who, alongside the staff, have been working like Trojans to prepare for their upcoming exams.  We are quietly very confident that this is going to be our best set of results yet, and will leave no stone unturned in our quest to achieve this.  Our OSCA sixth students have similarly flourished under our new expectations, and the year 13 look set to improve on our previous best too.  Many already have their university applications in, and they too will be giving their all in the coming months to ensure they move on to the next phase of their education and training.  75% of them have already had offers for the university of their choice!

Alongside all our hard work, we’ve managed to have some fun too of course!  Please see the link below for our newsletter, which highlights just a few of the many enrichment activities students have taken part in too.

Newsletter - March 2015

And finally, delighted though we are with how far we have come, and all the improvements we have made, we will continue to raise the bar even further next term and beyond.  Thank you once again for the excellent support you provide as us as parents and guardians, I know you know how important that partnership is for success.  I hope you all have a great Easter, and a happy and relaxing few weeks.  I look forward to welcoming all the students back on Tuesday 14th April, refreshed and ready for the rigours of next term!


Best wishes

Marie McMahon