Zoom Assembly Details – Thursday 15th July at 6pm

Mrs White will be hosting a zoom assembly for all new Year 7s.  Please join us on Thursday 15th July at 6pm.

Meeting ID:  853 4973 0713     Password: tH79uc

Welcome to the Year 7 Transition section of our website. I am delighted that you have chosen to join us at The Oaks Academy from September. This year we are having to undertake our transition programme in a different way. This site will give you the opportunity to ‘visit; the school, ‘meet’ key members of staff and as the weeks go on, we also want to make sure you get the opportunity to ‘meet’ members of your form group. We are working hard, alongside your Year 6 teachers, to ensure that you get the best possible start.

If you have any questions bout transition at The Oaks Academy please feel free to email transition@theoaksacademy.co.uk and someone will be happy to help you.

Starting High School could be making you feel a little nervous right now but we want to show you what an exciting new adventure this will be! The options below will help you to find out more about our academy.  You could take a virtual tour, meet some of the staff and students plus find out more about academy life.  Where would you like to go?

Communication

Virtual New Intake Evening

Who am I going to meet?

Academy Information

Diary Dates

Virtual Tours

Covid-19 Update - Summer 2021

Dietary Information

Virtual New Intake Evening

Our Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion, Ms Laura Bailey has visits scheduled with all feeder primaries before Summer to establish what support will be needed for September 21. In line with Covid guidance, there are individual transition dates for schools to fetch their pupils to The Oaks after the school day has finished, pupils will have a guided tour and be given the opportunity to ask questions and be introduced to key staff. We are really excited to meet with all our new young people and their families! 

Communication

Dear Parents/Carers

New Intake Day: Friday 3rd September (9am – 2pm)

Thank you for your understanding when we had to cancel the New Intake Day due to the government’s delay in lifting Covid-19 restrictions.  We hope that you found the videos and remote session useful in your preparations for September.  If you have any further questions, please contact transition@theoaksacademy.co.uk.

We would like to invite all our new Year 7s to join us on Friday 3rd September between 9am and 2pm for a rescheduled New Intake Day ahead of the whole school start on Monday 6th September.  This will give our new students an opportunity to meet their form tutor, explore the school and make new friends.  On this day Mellors Catering will be providing a taster menu and all students will receive a free lunch.

Students should report to Student Reception in uniform for a 9am start.  Please note that buses will not be running, and all students will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from the academy. 

While this event is not mandatory, we strongly advise that students do attend to ensure the best possible start on Monday 6th September.  If your child is unable to attend this session, please let the office know by calling 01270 661223.  As with any absence we will contact you if your child does not attend and you have not informed us.

Allergies and Dietary Needs

As a school we are very mindful of allergies and dietary requirements.  We are a ‘Nut Aware and Peanut Free School’.  If your child has a specific dietary requirement and/or allergy we ask that you communicate this with us promptly.  It also may be necessary for us to organise a meeting between parents and Mellors Catering.  Please find enclosed a booklet from Mellors containing information about their food along with some sample menus.  If you wish to speak to the school about dietary requirements, please complete the link on http://www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/year-7-transition/ and someone will be in touch.

Dietary Information

Data Collection Forms

We are still waiting on a few data collection forms to be returned.  This form can be found at the centre of the Welcome Booklet.  Please detach these pages, complete and return to The Oaks Academy reception.  If you are having any issues with these forms or need a new one, please contact reception 01270 661223 or admin@theoaksacademy.co.uk.

SCOPAY

The Oaks Academy uses digital fingerprint recognition (biometrics) to allow students to pay for food items.  On Friday 3rd September, if consent has been received, your child will record their digital fingerprint and be given a letter containing your unique parent ID number which is needed to set up the payment system.   Further guidance about SCOPAY and how to set up your account can be found on the website, please visit www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/virtual-office/#school-catering.

School Photographs

We have organised for all Year 7 students to have their photographs taken on Wednesday 15th September. 

Summer School: 9th – 13th August (10am – 2pm)

It is great to see how many Year 7 students have signed up for our summer school.  This is now fully booked.  If you have any questions please contact transition@theoaksacademy.co.uk.  If you have requested a place, then you will have received more information from Mrs Gemma White and Miss Rebecca Mathars. 

Covid-19 Update

New Year 7 students attending the summer school will not have to complete lateral flow testing which is in line with current government guidance. 

We are unsure about the Covid situation we will face in the autumn, so we want to be prepared for all scenarios. Subject to public health advice, we expect to offer your child two tests on-site before continuing regular testing at home.

We need your consent for this lateral flow testing to take place within school.  This can be done by completing a short Microsoft Form on the website.  Please visit www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/lateral-flow-testing/

Your child will receive their first test during the morning of Friday 3rd September.  The second test will be organised 3 – 5 days after their first test.

After these initial two on-site tests, your child will move to regular home testing.  Following government guidance students are encouraged to complete twice weekly lateral flow tests.  You must report your child’s test results to the NHS, even if their result is negative or void. Please inform the academy, if this result is positive.  These can be communicated to us by calling 01270 661223 or emailing admin@theoaksacademy.co.uk.

Covid-Update Summer 2021 PDF

We very much look forward to meeting you all in September.

Yours sincerely

Peter Kingdom
Headteacher

Final Communication New Intake 2021 PDF

Click above to submit your online consent to Lateral Flow Tests

Friday 17th June, 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

I write to confirm that as a result of the recent announcements we will not be able to facilitate our transition day which was due to take place Monday 28th June. As a result of this change, I would like to outline the journey we will now take in the lead up to Year 7 commencing in September.

As an alternative to the parents evening that was scheduled for the 28th June we will continue to provide you the opportunity to meet key staff through video links, via the school website. This will also be supported by a Question and Answer session, via Zoom (details below) at 6.30pm on 28th June, hosted by myself and Miss Mathars, Pastoral Manager for year 7.

ID: 957 7917 4279

Password: MVaPc8

We feel it is important that both yourselves and your child have the opportunity to meet their form tutor. To do this your child’s form tutor will make telephone contact with you, before the 8th July.  After that initial conversation, the form tutor will hold a form Assembly on Thursday 8th July at 4pm, and this will then be followed by a whole year assembly with myself Mrs White on Thursday 15th July at 4pm.

As a result of the cancelled transition day, I am writing to invite your child to the extended Oaks Academy Summer transition programme.

The Oaks Academy Summer school will run from Monday 9th August to Friday 13th August from 10am to 2pm. This will provide the perfect opportunity for your child to work alongside their peers and other pupils, from local primary schools, to form friendships in our school community before they start in September.

Your child will be involved in a wide range of activities, developing new skills and knowledge as well embedding the skills and learning that has already taken place at primary school. We are really excited to be able to meet our new Year 7 students and welcome them into our community.

There is no cost for the summer school, but we would ask that each child brings their own lunch and sufficient drink for the duration of the day. Please indicate on your reply slip if your child receives Free School Meals. As this is an extended opportunity to our initial programme the places are limited, therefore we ask that you inform us in advance of your child’s intention to attend. Please complete the Microsoft forms link or download the return slip and send to the transition email. Following registration, we will provide more details.

PLEASE NOTE: THE SUMMER SCHOOL IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

We look forward to welcoming your child into our community over the coming weeks.

Kind regards,

Mrs G White

Head of Behaviour
Assistant Headteacher

Tuesday 15th June 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

I am writing to you to let you know that due to the announcement yesterday from the Prime Minister that covid-19 restrictions will not be lifted next week on 21st June 2021, we will unfortunately no longer be able to continue with our planned New Intake Day for our new Year 7 students on Monday 28th June 2021. 

If is with much regret that we have taken this decision, but we are mindful of the need to keep the children and our community as safe and healthy as possible.  Sadly, we will be unable to re-organise this event to take place at a later date this term since the restrictions will still be in force.

We will, however, continue to release information and videos via the website which we hope will provide you and your child with a sense of what you might experience at the academy.  We will continue to liaise with your child’s primary school teachers to ensure a successful start in September for our new Year 7 students.

In the meantime, please refer to the Welcome Pack provided last month as this contains key information about transition and life at The Oaks Academy.

If you have any questions, please send an email to transition@theoaksacademy.co.uk and we will be in touch.

Yours faithfully

Mr Peter Kingdom
Head teacher

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are looking forward to welcoming your child into The Oaks Academy on Monday 28th June for the New Intake Day.  At the moment the day is going ahead.  However we are keeping a careful eye on the news regarding the lifting of restrictions which is currently scheduled for Monday 21st June. 

If the situation changes we will update you accordingly.

Yours sincerely

Mr Peter Kingdom
Headteacher

 

Dear Parent/Carer

We are delighted that your son/daughter will be joining us at The Oaks Academy in September 2021.  We are currently visiting our feeder primary schools and looking forward to meeting many our future students within their existing Year 6 class. 

New Intake Day

The next stage of the transition process will see your child visiting us at The Oaks Academy for our Year 6 New Intake Day on Monday 28th June 2021 from 9am to 2.30pm.  We hope that this gives an opportunity for your child to meet their form tutor, be introduced to their form group, have a tour of the academy and experience a couple of lessons. 

On the Year 6 New Intake Day your child needs to come into school via the gate for main reception (not the student entrance).  Here they will be met by the Year 7 team with senior and pastoral leaders.  Please ensure that you provide a packed lunch for your child. 

Welcome Pack

During the day your child will be given a welcome pack to bring home outlining key details regarding uniform, term dates, our school day, equipment and other useful information.   All the information contained within the booklet and our transition programme can be found on the website by visiting  www.theoaksacademy.co.uk and following link to ‘Year 7 Transition Page’ link on the home page. 

Virtual New Parents Welcome Evening

Following the Year 6 New Intake Day we will be holding a Virtual New Parents Welcome Evening between 6pm and 7pm   Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and advice we will not be able to welcome you into The Oaks Academy.  Instead, this event will be hosted online and further details of this event will be sent to you closer to the time.  We are looking forward to welcoming you into the academy, in person, when we are able to.

If you have any question about your child’s transition to high school do not hesitate to get in touch.  Please send an email to transition@theoaksacademy.co.uk and someone will be in touch.

Yours sincerely 

Mr Peter Kingdom
Headteacher

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Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome to The Oaks Academy

I am delighted that you have chosen the Oaks Academy for the next stage of your child’s education, and we welcome you warmly into our school, either as a new parent, or as a parent with children already at school. Please be assured that we will do our best to support all our students in achieving their potential, whilst recognising and nurturing their individual strengths and talents.

At The Oaks Academy, we believe that a smooth transition to secondary school can really help children settle in and continue to make good progress as they set their path for future success. Over the coming weeks and months, our staff will visit primary schools to see the children in their current settings and your child will also be invited to participate in new intake days here at The Oaks, so that they become familiar with their new surroundings. All staff who have been assigned to the transition process are very experienced and know the school well. We will be liaising with our local primary schools to collate information, but should you require any further information or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You will be receiving an informative and detailed welcome pack for all students and parents, which will provide you with much more information about the school and our transition programme. As part of this pack you will be receiving an ‘all about me’ form and these can be returned by email at transition@theoaksacademy.co.uk. Alternatively, you may wish to hand these to our receptionist, Mrs Bridgewater, or place them in the drop box in the reception area.

In September, we will also continue the transition programme from the summer term, so that we can support your child settling in. Mrs Williams, Head of Year 7, will write to you in the coming weeks to provide you with more details about the transition and how we will keep you as parents involved and updated throughout.

We look forward to meeting your child and hope they are as excited as we are about their next stage in their schooling and the start of their journey with us at The Oaks Academy.

Yours faithfully

Peter Kingdom
Head teacher

Dates for Your Diary

Monday 9th August – Friday 13th August:  New Intake Summer School (10am – 2pm)

Friday 3rd September: New intake Day (9am – 2pm)

Who am I going to meet?

If you would like to learn more about other members of staff and what they teach, have a look in Our Teams sections of the website.

Head of Year 7

Hello all. My name is Mrs Williams and I am the Head of Year 7 as well as a Teacher of Technology (main subject is food). So, welcome the The Oaks Academy. I know this is going to be a great year for all of us to grow and learn together. Before I became a teacher, I had the opportunity to hold several very different professional positions over a period of nearly 30 years; where “Pride and Respect” played an important role in being part of very different working communities. These positions varied from being a professional chef, catering manager, President of a students’ union to managing an educational charity; I have even DJ’d in Ibiza. All these opportunities have given me a wealth of experience and knowledge that I  share with the pupils I teach and support. I started at the Oaks Academy, as a Food Teacher, in September 2013, and have been here ever since; this is testament to how great the school really is. I feel incredibly excited and privileged to be able to work at such a supportive and community focused school. Teaching here has enabled me to see how our pupils develop and grow; and I am so proud of them when their hard work leads to great accomplishments, they can take with them into the future; striving to make a difference in the support of tomorrow’s decision makers. I also have the great privilege of being Head of Year 7; the main purpose of this post is to support our Year 7 pupils to develop their own character through the promotion of self-awareness and responsibility; with the aim of instilling high expectation in the conduct and activities our pupils undertake as members of this Academy. I look forward to working with you all as we together make The Oaks Academy into an academy to be proud of. Welcome to The Oaks Academy.
Head of Year7, Teacher of Technology

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Academy Information

Virtual Office

Our virtual office contains lots of useful information about the academy. 

Please follow the links to find information about the following::

Virtual Tours

PE Department

Maths Department

Science Department

Creative Arts and Technology Department

Humanities and Languages Department