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Proposed expansion of OSCA

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Re: Consultation on proposed expansion of Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Over the past few months, a number of meetings have taken place with representatives of Sandwell LA and Ormiston Academy Trust (OAT) regarding the feasibility of expanding Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy to help address the proposed shortage of secondary school student places within our local community.

To satisfy the projected requirements for secondary school places I am writing to you to seek your views on a proposed expansion of Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy by an additional one form of entry per year (30 places)

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy is a member of the OAT Trust. The trustees see the proposed expansion of the school as an opportunity to meet the increasing demand for places within the local area, whilst continuing to offer an excellent education to all students.

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy currently has a published admissions number into year 7 of 210. The proposed expansion would be fully funded by Sandwell and is proposed to be completed in time for the 2022-2023 academic year. Following the completion of these works, an additional 30 student places per year would be created, allowing us to admit an extra form of entry into year 7. The significant change will require a change to our already determined admissions policy for 22-23. Subject to successful consultation, this policy will change to reflect the increase to PAN. This will also be reflected in our admissions policies going forward i.e. 23-24 onwards. Should we wish to make any further changes to our admissions, we will conform to the required consultation process in the School Admissions Code 2021

This consultation is an opportunity to express your views and ask questions on the proposal to increase the school’s student capacity; your contributions will help inform our decisions and will reflect within the subsequent application to the Department for Education.

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid 19 pandemic we are unable to issue invitations to formal consultation meetings, however, we would encourage responses, via email, letter or telephone.

To support this, we have set up the following means of communication, emailing:
OSCA_Consultation@ormistonsandwell.org.uk or leaving an answerphone message on 07394562102, or written communication posted to: Expansion consultation, Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, Lower City Road, Tividale, B692HE. We will reply to any queries or required clarification points.

The Consultation Questionnaire Form can be found HERE, 

Please return this form to the Academy by 26th November

The consultation period starts on, 8TH OCTOBER and closes on 26TH NOVEMBER.

The final decision as to whether the school expands will be made by the Regional Schools Commissioner on behalf of the Department for Education following the submission of a Significant Change Application by the Trust and Local Authority.