At Olive Academies, we aim to provide all our pupils with the best possible standards of education. We want our academies to be a place where our young people can thrive, learn and achieve their best. We offer flexible, personalised programmes and a wide range of positive experiences, so that young people can develop the confidence to believe in themselves and make positive choices for their futures.
At the Olive AP Academy – Thurrock we believe all of our students have the ability and the right to learn and achieve. We support success by encouraging our young people to ‘dare to be Olive’.
Students are positively encouraged to be ready to learn, be respectful and be safe whilst at the academy. Students are awarded Olive character points for exceptional behaviour during the academy day. Parents/ carers are regularly updated about each student’s behaviour achievements.
We want our academy to be an environment which is safe, supportive and free from intimidation. We actively promote a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion where all forms of bullying are seen as unacceptable. Please also read our full Anti-bullying Policy for further advice and information.
We are currently reviewing our full Behaviour for Successful Learning Policy.
Our aim is to foster in our students a sense of responsibility, a joy of learning and to create a community where learning is felt to be important and crucial to securing wellbeing and increased life chances. Attendance is a safeguarding issue – the health, safety and wellbeing of students is paramount. Academy staff work closely with link agencies to ensure maximum attendance and achievement for all students. Please see our Safeguarding Policy.
Students are expected to be responsible and independent. Except where there are exceptional circumstances they are personally responsible for maintaining good attendance. This applies to attendance to lessons. Arriving at the academy and not attending lessons does not constitute good attendance. Good attendance also means good punctuality.
We believe that strong links and effective communication with parents/carers is vital to ensure a child or young person’s good attendance at the academy.
You can read our full Attendance Policy and please contact the academy if you would like any advice or support regarding your child’s attendance.
A fixed term exclusion is a sanction used following serious incidents or when all other interventions have been exhausted. Careful consideration is given when discussing a potential fixed term exclusion and maintaining a positive climate for learning underpins these discussions. The restorative approach runs alongside any fixed term exclusions and the family will be included in this process. The decision to exclude rests with the headteacher in consultation with Senior Leadership Team. You can find out more about when an exclusion may be considered for a pupil in our Behaviour for Successful Learning Policy.
If you have concerns regarding an exclusion from OA-Th, you can raise your concerns with members of the interim progress board (Exclusions appeal panel), at OA-Th. Please also refer to our Complaints Policy.
If you wish to gain further advice, you can also contact the Thurrock Education Welfare Service , Senior Access and Inclusion Officer on 01375 652568.