Year 6 into 7 – the transition to secondary school in September 2021

PAGE CONTENT UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR SEPTEMBER 2021 POTENTIAL APPLICANTS – please bear with us as we collate the information we think you would like to be able to find here.

This is a very challenging time for all pupils, students, teachers, parents/carers and school leaders.  We understand that parents/carers want to be sure that the school they choose to send their child(ren) to is the right one for them – and that the fact we are unable to hold an Open Week (with tours or a showcase evening) is very frustrating for all.

We hope that some of the information below will help to provide you with a little insight into what it is like to be a member of the Ormiston Sudbury Academy (OSA) community.

First – some frequently asked questions and answers that may be helpful……………..

What are the timings of the Academy day?

8.50 – 9.10am      Registration / tutor time and year/house assemblies
9.10 – 10.25am     Lesson 1 (75 minutes)
10.25 – 10.45am   MORNING BREAKTIME
10.45am- 12noon Lesson 2 (75 minutes)
12noon – 1.15pm   Lesson 3 (75 minutes)
1.15 – 1.55pm         LUNCHTIME
1.55 – 3.10pm         Lesson 4 (75 minutes)

What is the uniform/PE kit? 

You will find information on our uniform and PE kit, and where to purchase it, here


What time is lunchtime and what food is available? 

Students may either bring their own packed lunch and eat it in our dining areas, or purchase food from the canteen. For the health and welfare of all students and staff, we are a completely ‘NUT-FREE’ zone – and ask that parents/carers bear this in mind when providing students with a packed lunch.

We operate a ‘cashless’ payment system (Vericool) whereby parents are able to load credit for students to use to make purchases (using a PIN) of food from our Chartwells catering facility.  Students who are entitled to a Free School Meal will find that their account is loaded, daily, with their £2.30 allowance; if this is not used, it is cleared from the account before the following day’s allowance is added (it cannot be ‘accumulated’ over a number of days.)

Once the current COVID restrictions are lifted, we will see a return to the provision of a wide variety of hot and cold snacks at morning break, along with two or three options for a hot meal (including vegetarian option) -and Chartwells colleagues are only too pleased to help anyone with specific dietary requirements; students need only speak to them for help and advice.

 A set of sample menus (which rotate over a three-week period) can be found here







I would like to introduce myself to you, I am your Principal, Mrs. Wilson. I am very much looking forward to meeting you in September. I would have thoroughly enjoyed showing you around the Academy in July but we cannot at the moment. When you do come to us, you will have lots of people around to help you get used to your new school. There will be lots of new things for you to try, but you will enjoy learning them with your friends and new students from other schools.

I know you are working hard on the lessons you have been set by your primary school teachers, this work will help you when you join us. One of my favourite things is reading, I am looking forward to talking to you about what you have been reading and your favourite books, so try and read as much as possible before September.

I wish you a very happy summer holiday and cannot wait to meet you in the new term.

I am Miss Webster, Head of Year 7, and I would like to officially welcome you all to Ormiston Sudbury Academy.

I understand that transition can be an anxious time for some of you, however, it is also a very exciting one.  You will learn new skills and develop as individuals during your time at the Academy.  As long as you embrace this new journey through secondary education, do your best and work hard, opportunities will open for you.  Your confidence will grow and we will support you with your wellbeing and your academic progress.

You may need to set yourself some personal goals at the start of Year 7, to ensure you are successful during your time at the Academy.  You will be supported to meet your goals in tutor time, in lessons and in any extra-curricular activities you decide to take part in. Hard work in and out of the classroom will always pay off and we will encourage you to challenge yourself every day.

I am confident you will settle quickly into our community and make lots of new friends.  So, please embrace this new adventure, and remember to ask for help if you need it – we have a fantastic team of staff at OSA, all waiting to support you, every step of the way.

I look forward to meeting you all very soon.



Year 7 Tutor Team

(Click on the images below to find out more about each tutor)

Mr A Hemmings (AHS) Mr R Lyon (RLY) Mr I Morris (IMO) Miss L Tejano   (LTE) Mr D Wood (DWO)

House Manager Team

(Click on the images below to find out more about each of our House Managers)

Mrs C Emerton (CEM)

John Harrison House

Mrs L Gilson (LGI)

Rosa Parks House

Mr O King (OKI)

Thomas Gainsborough House

Mrs M Newell (MNE)

Emily Brontë House

Why not ‘take a tour’ of the Academy? See our ‘virtual tour’ by clicking on the picture above.

You can also access copies of the documents and letters which have been/are being sent out by post in the last few weeks of term by clicking on the links below :

An ‘Additional Information’ letter from Miss Webster (as included in the packs posted out w/e 10th July) may be accessed here