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 a ‘physical’ Open Week (with tours or a showcase evening) is very frustrating for all. As Principal at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the Academy to you through this brief video:
I hope that some of the information below, along with the plethora of information on various sections of our website, 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.
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former students’ experiences at OSA – as well as
some of the members of staff who teach here
– and this brief video offers that opportunity.
What is OAT?
Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is the Trust which Ormiston Sudbury Academy (OSA) is affiliated to. We are a national Trust and have links with students and staff across the country.
How will I get to the Academy?
Each parent/carer is responsible for making arrangements for their child(ren) to get to the Academy. Many of our students walk, some use the bus services – you will find more information about the services you may be able to access by using these links to visit the Suffolk County Council ‘Transport‘ section of their website and Chambers Coaches information on routes they operate which call at the Academy.
Will I get chance to spend any (transition) days at the Academy?
Subject to any changes required to comply with ongoing Government ‘COVID’ restrictions in place next summer, you will be invited to spend three days at the Academy as part of our ‘Transition’ programme, at the end of the term, next summer (*currently scheduled for 7th, 8th and 9th July 2021)
How will staff at OSA get to know me, before I join the Academy?
OSA staff, such as the Head of Year 7 and/or the OSA Director of Inclusion will meet with your Year 6 teacher during the ‘Transition’ period. We also provide a Parent Information booklet for Parents to complete and return information to the Academy. You will also be invited to a meeting with a member of OSA staff, which will take place at your Primary school, to allow you to seek answers to any additional questions you may have. We will also ask you to complete a ‘Getting to Know You’ booklet, before you join OSA.
Which members of staff are available to help me and will I get to meet them before I join?
All OSA students have a Form Tutor, a Head of Year and a House Manager to help them with their learning and self-management.
You will receive a ‘Profile’ sheet, introducing your Tutor (who you will see every morning, for registration and ‘tutor time’) and your House Manager (who will be involved in looking after your non-academic needs at the Academy) during the Transition process next summer, and will meet them, and your Head of Year, Miss Webster, on the first of your ‘Transition’ days (7th July 2021*)
What happens if I get lost?
Don’t worry about getting lost – it happens to everyone when they first start! We will make sure that all students have a map to guide them and that they are given a tour of the Academy when they join us and older students will help younger students if they are not sure where they need to go. There are also lots of staff in corridors who are always more than happy to help give directions and advice.
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 House will I be in?
Emily Brontë House
House Manager: Mrs M Newell House Colour: Purple
John Harrison House
House Manager: Mrs Chris Emerton House Colour: Red
Thomas Gainsborough House
House Manager: Mr. Oliver King House Colour: Green
What subjects will I follow?
In year 7, all students will study English, maths, science, history, geography, art, design technology, food, drama, music, ICT, PE and PSHE and will have a personalised timetable covering these lessons (4 lessons each day.)
Will I get homework?
All students receive homework and are expected to work independently at home.. You will be set tasks on Microsoft ‘TEAMS’ and a bespoke ‘App’ (SIMS student and parent App) – you will be given all the information you need when you start with us.
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 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
How do I apply for Free School Meals?
OSA runs on the Suffolk County Council application system, which is mainly ‘online’ based; you will find all the information you need (AND can apply, at the click of a button) on the local authority website here
Will I be able to join a student council?
You will have the opportunity to join a ‘Year’ or ‘Faculty’ council and these will be introduced to students during the ‘Transition’ days.
What kind of clubs can I join?
We offer a range of lunchtime and after-school (extra-curricular) groups, practises and clubs, tailored to suit students’ interests and the time of the year. We have extensive sporting clubs running ‘in season’ (e.g. athletics in the summer, football/rugby in the winter) and will always do what we can to put on new activities if students express an interest in something which doesn’t already happen. Over the last couple of years, at varying times, we have run such diverse clubs/groups such as:
Will I be able to go on any trips?
Many trips are arranged to support students’ learning and/or research in their chosen GCSE, BTEC and A level courses, from year 9 onwards. We also arrange a number of optional enrichment trips, which are usually offered to students by subject teachers; occasionally, these trips are for specific groups of students – but often, they are open to any student who wishes to sign themselves up. Some examples of trips that year 7 students have been involved in over the last two years are:
Please take the opportunity to browse our website for lots more information, guidance and helpful links which may also help to give you an insight into what it is like to be a member of our OSA community; we look forward to you hopefully joining that community in September 2021 and if we can be of any assistance in the meantime, please do not hesitate to make contact with us (you will find all the contact details you need here.)