I am delighted to be writing to you at the start of term to welcome your child back for the start of a new year, or to welcome your child the first time if your child has recently joined us. We are at an exciting juncture in our journey to excellence. We have had increased numbers significantly joining us in Year 7, and this is testament to the growing popularity of our school.
We will continue to demand high standards from our students in terms of behaviour, attendance and their learning. This September, we are launching a new approach to teaching at the school which combines a traditional approach to standards, and one which enable your child to know more and remember more so that they are well prepared for their future lives and ambitions.
We were delighted with our examination results and seeing our Year 11 students perform so well. It was lovely to welcome them back on results day in August and to see so many happy and contented faces on collecting their results.
As we enter our new term, we will surely see twists and turns with the COVID pandemic. We are pleased to return to a greater sense of normality, but we will continue to monitor the situation closely, and follow government and public health guidelines. We will keep you updated throughout the term and year of any changes or response to the local situation.
Could I please also take this opportunity to raise your awareness about the Open Evening at the school on Wednesday 29 September. This is focused at promoting our school to new parents arriving in Year 7, but all are welcome to find out more about our school, and the new direction we are taking on our journey to excellence. Please can I take this opportunity to inform you of our early closure on this day to facilitate preparation for the event. The school will close at 1pm, this means that students will have an early lunch and only miss one lesson of teaching. The buses will be running at the slightly earlier time of 1pm.
Year 7 Photographs
During the morning of Wednesday 15th September Tempest Photography will be in school to take pictures of all Year 7.
We will be organising for other Year groups to have pictures during the course of the year.
School clubs will be starting again from Monday 13th September. Please see the timetable below or speak with your Form Tutor to get involved.
What: A place to complete homework within school, access to computers and staff who can help if needed.
Where: The Hub
When: Daily from 2.45 until 4pm (Fridays until 3.45pm).
It is vitally important that your child attends school everyday. On the rare occasion that your child is going to be absent from school you can either:
- email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org
- or phone the school on 01270 661223 and select option 1.
Please leave a message stating your child’s name, Year group and reason for absence. For more information about attendance please visit www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/attendance/
Good Luck Mrs Whittaker and Miss Byron
This weekend 2 of our teachers will be amongst 56,000 people running in The Great North Run!
They are raising money for Christies at Macclesfield. If you would like to know more or would like to please visit Lisa’s JustGiving Page.
Food served in the canteen at lunch time and break time is supplied by Mellors. If you wish to know more about menus and how to top up your child account please visit www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/virtual-office/#school-catering
Covid Testing Update
This week has seen the majority of students taking part in the new style of lateral flow test. We are pleased to report that each and every test produced a negative result.
The students have taken these tests in their stride with minimum fuss. Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support in making our academy as safe as possible.
All students have now be provided with a supply of home tests to continue testing twice weekly at home. We recommend that you test on a Sunday and Wednesday night.
Please see www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/lateral-flow-testing/ for further information about Covid Testing at home.
Teaching and Learning
Over the last week I have had the great pleasure to visit many of your children in their lessons and have been extremely impressed with their high standards and attitudes to learning. The Oaks staff have high standards, and we expect all of our pupils to fully engage with their learning, to facilitate this we regularly remind pupils of our attitude to learning expectations and reinforce these in lessons.
From Monday 13th September all staff will start formally setting homework to all year groups. Homework is a key part in a child’s learning and progress journey, it allows staff to check understanding, embed knowledge and develops independent study habits that are required to be successful. Please could you continue to support our staff and your child by checking what homework your child has been set and ensuring that the quality of the work that your child submits is to a high standard. As per last year all homework will be set on Microsoft Teams, which all pupils have access to with their school log in. All KS3 pupils will receive training on using teams in their IT lessons next week, please watch the support videos to support them at home.
The Oaks Academy has a flexible approach to homework in that we do not enforce a homework timetable showing which subjects should give homework on which days. Homework will be set by teachers when it is necessary and appropriate, below outlines the expectation for frequency of homework setting for each subject. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact myself or the faculty lead direct.
Standards and Expectations
Year 7 Pastoral Lead, Miss Mathars
Year 8 Pastoral Lead, Mr Austin
Year 9 Pastoral Lead, Mrs Harding
Year 10 Pastoral Lead, Mrs Williams
Year 11 Pastoral Lead, Mrs Lockett
We are very proud of the fact that our pupils wear their uniform with pride and attend school looking smart and ready to learn. We are aware that there have ben some issues with our uniform supplier, monkhouse, many thanks for your patience. Please continue to order online via the Monkhouse website, or if a school tie is required, we do stock these at reception, at a cost of £5.50.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of our standards and expectations surrounding uniform:
- Black trousers, these should be full length tailored trousers and not skinny fit.
- Or Black A-line pleated skirt.
- White shirt, top button fastened and shirt tucked in.
- Tie worn with 3 stripes showing
- Plain black socks or tights
- Plain black school shoes. No trainers. If you require further support, please contact school.
Please can I also take this opportunity to remind you that punctuality is the key to success, and our school day begins at 8.35am. Therefore we expect our students to arrive at school no later than 8.30am in preparation for the day ahead.
Finally, our school bus contract has switched providers from Barratts coaches, to Mikro Coaches. This does not change the running of the bus, please see the updated route which is also displayed on the school website www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/virtual-office/#bus-timetable
Student Leadership Launch
Would you like to become part of the Student leadership Team? We are currently in the process of recruiting KS3 Student Leaders, KS4 Prefects and Head Students. Please encourage your child to take part in this opportunity.
What will this involve?
- Attend a lunch time meeting once a half term (fingers crossed lunch will be provided)
- Be prepared to canvas the opinions of your peer group
- Be prepared to share ideas in your student council group
- Help out at school events – open evenings, parents evenings, celebration evening etc…
What’s in it for me?
- The chance to make a difference
- The opportunity to have your voice heard
- Increased confidence
- Opportunity to challenge yourself
- Develop leadership skills
- Experience working in a team
- Develop employability skills
- Looks great on an application form – college, university, jobs, apprenticeship
- Speak to your form tutors if you are interested in getting involved
- Form tutor to select the successful candidate for each form
- Form tutor to pass on the name of the selected form representative to Mrs Abberley by Monday 13th September
- You will need to apply to be part of the school prefect team
- Write a short letter of application – remember there are people in school who can help you with this!
- Your application must say why you would like to be a school prefect and what you will bring to the role
- Submit your application by email to Mrs Abberley by Friday 17th September
- You will need to decide if you want to be a prefect or one of the ‘Head Students’
- Any candidate who applies for head student who is unsuccessful will automatically be considered for a prefect
- Write a short letter of application applying for the role of your choice – remember there are people in school who can help you with this!
- Your application must say why you would like to be head student / school prefect and what you will bring to the role
- Submit your application by email to Mrs Abberley by Friday 17th September
- Interviews for head Student will take place on Monday 20th September