Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Principal's Letter to Parents - Autumn 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Please see below the link for our half termly newsletter, with just a flavour of some of the great things that have happened so far since the summer break.

I also wanted to update you on events and progress at OSCA as this half term draws to a close.  And what an enjoyable half term it’s been! 

We started the term off in style, celebrating our highest ever GCSE results, with another record breaking percentage of the elite A*/A grades achieved too- 17%, just under a fifth, of all grades awarded were the top ones! We also found out last week from the Department for Education, that under the new provisional Progress 8 Measure, OSCA is now the second highest performing school in the whole of Sandwell! Although this new measure is quite complex to explain, essentially the DfE look at outcomes for every student in every subject across the country, and calculate a progress score based on prior attainment at Key Stage 2. So, in lay terms, OSCA students achieved more than students in every other Sandwell school apart from one. This is fantastic news for our students and for our academy, as this is now one of THE most important performance measures nationally. It is yet more proof of how far we have come in the last few years, and I am very proud of, and delighted for, our students and staff.

In true OSCA spirit though, we are not complacent, and have continued to raise the bar and our expectations of students again this year.   We were the highest performing school on attendance in the whole of Sandwell last year for the third consecutive year, and one of the highest performing in the whole country!  The links between our outstanding attendance and achieving our best ever results are clear to see.

We have set even higher targets for achievement and attendance this year though, and again I would like to thank parents and families for all your support on this.  Every year, when we do an analysis of results, we find the highest achievers are also the highest attenders. So, being here every day, on time, well equipped, smartly dressed and ready to learn, really does pay off in terms of success.

Alongside all the hard graft, we have managed to have a bit of fun and some adventures too - please see the attached newsletter for just some of the great things that have happened this half term, as well as some key dates.

Newsletter - October 2016

In other news, OSCA’s popularity continues to grow in the community.  As you may know we are full and oversubscribed in years 7,8 and 9, with a waiting list for places, for the third consecutive year.  With a half term under their belt now, the year 7 are shaping up to be our brightest, biggest, and best year group ever!  Furthermore, we hosted an exceptionally popular open evening in September for year 6 students and their families.  Attendance was fantastic- our highest ever number of families came to visit, with over 500 people here on the night.  Some of their comments included:

'An absolutely amazing school.'

'A school with an imaginative approach to learning.'

'Teachers are approachable and students well mannered.'

'There is a real partnership between parents, students and staff.'

'A forward thinking, creative environment.'

It is fair to say therefore that competition for places is likely to continue to be fierce again in 2017!

And finally, some fantastic news about our site. The Local Authority have agreed to invest £2.6 million to refurbish C block! Agreement was reached a few weeks ago, and work starts immediately after half term. As C block is a standalone building, we are pleased to say that this will have minimum impact on the rest of the site, as the area will be ring fenced. We are all very excited to see this block being brought up to the excellent standard of the rest of our facilities, and can’t wait to launch it in time for next September.

So, a big thank you from me once again for all your support this half term, and best wishes for a happy and enjoyable half term week.

Yours faithfully

Marie McMahon