Here is a copy of the letter being sent out by Jo Hill, Headteacher to all parents and carers this week: Dear Parents/Carers, On 20th and 21st March 2018 Ofsted inspectors visited our academy to monitor the way we work and our ongoing improvement plans. I am glad to be able to share the good news that the inspectors were impressed with the progress being made at the academy and have published an encouraging report about their visit. Here are a few quotes taken from the Ofsted inspector’s latest report, following her visit to the academy: “There is a noticeable improvement in pupils’ attitudes towards learning.” “Pupils say that they feel safe, that bullying is rare and that they know who to approach if they have any concerns.” “Teachers are using effective relationships to engage pupils in their learning. When teachers set high expectations and adapt their plans to the specific interests and needs of the pupils, progress is evident.” “You have high expectations and are relentless in your goal to improve all aspects of the school’s work.” “You work with determination to provide the very best for pupils. Leaders are steadfast in making a positive difference to pupils’ lives.” “You have ensured that safeguarding remains a high priority in the school since the first monitoring visit and that the school’s child protection and safeguarding arrangements are effective.” I am so proud of all our staff and students for the great efforts they have made to ensure that positive change can be seen in all areas of the academy. It is clear from this latest report that everyone is working together to make sure our students get the very best education and opportunities to achieve their ambitions. The inspector’s report also identified areas which we need to focus on in the coming months. This included improving the attendance of our students at the academy. I would like to ask for your support with this. Small improvements in every student’s attendance will have a huge impact on their learning and progress. The staff here at the academy will do all we can to support students, to help them come to the academy regularly and make the most of the learning opportunities we offer – but we do need your support at home too. If you would like to discuss your child’s attendance, and find out about further support we can offer you and your child, please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the academy staff. You can read the full Ofsted report here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/140861 I will keep you updated about events and further improvements here at the academy over the next few months. All parents and carers are always welcome here at the academy; please contact the office if you would like to make an appointment to come in and have a tour of the academy or if you would like to meet with me. Yours faithfully, Jo Hill Headteacher Olive AP Academy – Thurrock
Create,Connect and Share Respect A better internet starts with you Over the next two weeks we will be working in coaching sessions to discuss with the young people of Olive AP -Thurrock ways to stay safe whilst using internet. We are one of more than a thousand organisations who are taking part in a national conversation about using technology responsibly,respectfully,critically and creatively. Follow the web link to find resources about how you can support your child when using the internet. https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/sid2018-education-packs/education-pack-parents-and-carers
We thought you might like to see some of the recent coverage in local and national press all about our new academy building. Read the article, “New academy building opens its doors in Tilbury” in Thurrock Gazette, Academy Today, EdQuarter, The Echo and Braintree & Witham Times.
The following letter was sent home to all parents/ carers on 17 November 2017. The letter shares the good news that a recent Ofsted monitoring inspection has found that the academy is making good progress with its improvement plan. You can also download a copy of the letter. 17th November 2017 Dear Parents/Carers In January 2017, when Olive AP Academy – Thurrock was based at our old site in South Ockendon, we were inspected by Ofsted and the overall effectiveness of the academy at that time was found to be inadequate. Inspectors highlighted a number of key areas which needed to be improved. Since then, we have moved into our fantastic new building and all our staff have been working exceptionally hard to ensure that positive changes have been made to the way we work at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock. I am delighted to be able to tell you that the first Ofsted monitoring inspection of the academy took place on 10th and 11th October 2017 and the inspectors are happy with the progress we are making. I would like to share with you an excerpt of the letter we received from Ofsted on 9th November 2017: “Special measures monitoring visit of Olive AP Academy – Thurrock Following my visit with Janet Tomkins, Ofsted Inspector to your school on 10th and 11th October 2017, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to confirm my findings. Thank you for the help you gave during the inspection and for the time you made available to discuss the actions that have been taken since the school’s recent section 5 inspection. The inspection was the first monitoring visit since the school became subject to special measures following the inspection that took place in January 2017. Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time: Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures. The trust’s statement of action is fit for purpose. The school’s action plan is fit for purpose…. Yours sincerely Stefanie Lipinski-Barltrop, Her Majesty’s Inspector” You can read the full Ofsted monitoring inspection letter on the Ofsted website: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/140861 This positive monitoring visit and letter from Ofsted is fantastic news for our pupils and our staff. It shows that we are all working effectively to make our academy a great place to work and learn. There is still much more to be done and I am confident that we can achieve great things. We are ambitious for the academy and our pupils. Ofsted will continue to carry out monitoring inspections of the academy over the coming year, providing both support and challenge to our academy. I will continue to share with you updates and news of our progress. You can read our full Academy Improvement Plan here: http://apthurrock.oliveacademies.org.uk/academy-improvement-plan/ I would also like to take this opportunity to announce the appointment of Robert Bell as the academy’s Deputy Headteacher. Robert is an experienced Senior Leader who brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the academy particularly in Outdoor Learning, developing resilience in young people and teaching and learning. For those who have not been able to visit the new academy building, I would also like to share these photos of our brand new building and the academy in action. If you have any questions, would like to visit the academy or want to know more about our improvement plan please do not hesitate to contact me by calling the academy office on the number below. I am always happy to respond to your queries. Yours faithfully Jo Hill Headteacher Important academy dates: Whole school Christmas dinner Tuesday 19th December 2017 Wednesday 20th December 2017 Last day of term – students will be allowed to leave school at 12.30pm (take-away lunches will be made available to student with free school meals) Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Training day – school closed to students Wednesday 3rd January 2018 All students in school Safeguarding children at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock: all staff at our academy take safeguarding children very seriously. All staff have been trained in safeguarding and child protection. If you have any concerns about a child’s wellbeing, bullying or e-safety, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead Jeanette Etienne via the academy office.
Olive AP Academy – Thurrock is pleased to announce that we’ll be supporting the Thurrock Teacher Recruitment Event on Saturday 25th November 2017 at South Essex College Thurrock Campus from 11am to 2.30pm. Thurrock is a vibrant and exciting place to work and live. We are always on the look out for the best teachers and this is where we need your help. Are you or do you know a newly qualified teacher? Are you a qualified teacher who would like to return to teaching ? Do you know a graduate who is interested in becoming a teacher ? Do you know a young person who wants to find out about the apprenticeship route into teaching? If so, please spread the word and come along to the Thurrock Teacher Recruitment event held at South Essex College on Saturday 25th November 2017 at 11-2.30pm. (Just a 2 minute walk from Grays Station) There will be a free prize draw for all those who attend on the day. If you can’t come along you can also register for more information at www.teachinginthurrock.co.uk or by following @teachinthurrock on Twitter. Olive AP Academy – Thurrock will have a stand at the event. Please do come and have a chat with us and find out about the innovative teaching opportunities we have at our academy.
Wednesday 6 September Academy ‘Meet your coach’ day – parents and pupils to meet new coaches (previously referred to as tutors). Times have been previously arranged and will be confirmed via telephone on Tuesday 5 September. Thursday 7 September Year 11 students to attend an Induction Day at the Academy. Arriving at 11.00am and finishing at 2.30pm. Year 7-10 students will be going on an Outdoor Learning/Resilience day at Grangewater. Students to arrive at the Academy for 9.00am, wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor learning. Students will return to the Academy for 2.30pm. Medical provision students will be attending an Induction Day at the Academy. Arriving at 11.15am and finishing at 1.45pm. Friday 8 September Year 7-10 students to attend an Induction Day at the Academy. Arriving at 11.00am and finishing at 2.30pm. Year 11 students will be going on an Outdoor Learning/Resilience day at Grangewater. Students to arrive at the Academy for 9.00am, wearing appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor learning. Students will return to the Academy for 2.30pm.
Staff have been busy over the last few days moving into our new building in Tilbury. Everyone is excited about welcoming our pupils and their parents/ carers for the first time tomorrow (Wednesday 5th July 2017). Here’s a first glimpse of some of our brand new facilities being made ready for our pupils:
New OA-Th building in Tilbury is ready for pupils (important information for parents/ carers and pupils)
We are delighted to announce that our new state-of-the-art academy building in Tilbury is complete and is ready to welcome all our pupils and staff. The new building will provide our pupils with access to fantastic new facilities and learning opportunities. We want to ensure that the move to the new building does not disrupt our pupils’ learning. We want to make the moving process as smooth as possible for our pupils, their families and our staff. Thursday 29th June & Friday 30th June: The academy will be closed to all pupils. This is to allow staff to pack and leave our current building at the Culver Centre. Monday 3rd July & Tuesday 4th July: The academy will be closed to all pupils. This is to allow staff to set up the new classrooms and move into our new building in Tilbury. From the 3rd July our academy’s new address will be: Olive AP Academy – Thurrock Leicester Road Tilbury RM18 7AX The main office phone number will remain the same: 01708 853781 Please note: • The academy is located at the end of Leicester Road • All visitors can park in the car park adjacent to the main gates of the academy • All pupils are to enter the academy site via the pedestrian entrance and enter the academy building using the pupil entrance • All visitors are to enter the academy building using the visitor entrance located on the left hand side of reception. Every pupil and their parent/ carer will be invited to a special induction meeting and individual tour of the new building in Tilbury on Wednesday 5th July. These individual pupil induction meetings will take about one hour. Pupils should wear their OA uniform at this meeting. This will be an opportunity for parents/ carers and their son/ daughter to see the new building, to find out about the fantastic new facilities and to meet their son/ daughter’s tutor. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. Jo Hill, our new headteacher, will also be available throughout the day to meet parents, welcome our pupils and answer any questions you may have. It is important that parents/ carers attend this induction meeting at the new building with their son/ daughter. We need your support at home to help all our pupils establish good new routines and ensure their learning is not disrupted by the change of building. Thursday 6th July: From this date, the new academy in Tilbury will be open to all pupils. Academy hours will remain the same; pupils will be expected at the Welcome Session in the main/ sports hall between 8.30 to 8.45am every morning. If you have any queries about transport arrangements or bus passes for your son/ daughter, please contact Vicky in the main academy office to discuss what support is available. (T: 01708 853781)