Here is a copy of the letter sent out to all parents and carers on Thursday 7th February 2019, announcing the appointment of Collette Hunnisett as Interim Headteacher. Dear Parent/ Carer, Following the fantastic news about our recent ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection at the academy, I am writing to let you know that Collette Hunnisett has been appointed as Interim Headteacher at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock (OA-Th). Collette brings significant experience to the role, having joined Olive Academies’ leadership team in July 2018, on secondment from her post as Vice Principal at Ormiston Park Academy. She has spent the last 6 months working closely with Eileen Hinds (current headteacher at OA-Th) and has shown her passionate commitment to ensuring our students are given the best opportunities to achieve their ambitions. I am also pleased to share the news that Eileen Hinds, although standing down from her role as OA-Th headteacher, will remain as Olive Academies’ Director of Academy Effectiveness and Standards and will continue to work across all three of our alternative provision academies. Eileen played a significant role in securing our ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection – she has ensured that the Thurrock academy team is in a strong position to deliver a broad and creative curriculum and to secure good results for all our students. Collette and Eileen have worked closely together, creating an ambitious academy improvement plan and will ensure there is a smooth handover. Collette Hunnisett says, “It is an exciting time at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock and I feel lucky to be leading a pioneering team of teachers dedicated to supporting students who deserve the very best opportunities to learn and succeed. I love working at the academy, and am delighted to have been appointed as Interim Headteacher. I look forward to working closely with our students and their families, our staff and our local community.” Please do not hesitate to contact Collette should you have any queries or would like to make an appointment to meet her or visit the academy E: Collette.Hunnisett@oliveacademies.org.uk Yours faithfully Mark Vickers Chief Executive, Olive Academies
It is with great happiness that I will be writing to all parents and carers today to share the wonderful news that Olive AP Academy – Thurrock has been rated by Ofsted as “Good” in all aspects of our work with young people. Ofsted inspectors visited the academy on 4th and 5th December 2018 and the new inspection report has been published today. I am pleased to be able to share with you the key findings of the report which states that “senior leaders have created a safe environment in which previously reluctant learners feel secure and are able to focus on their learning” and “the school has worked relentlessly over the last year to boost the achievement of all groups of pupils in all subjects.” The full report is published on Ofsted’s website: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/22/140861. If you would like a paper copy of the report or if you would like the report emailed to you please contact the academy office. The grades that can be awarded by Ofsted are Outstanding (1), Good (2), Requires Improvement (3), Inadequate (4). You can access an Ofsted guide for parents about school inspections here : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-inspections-a-guide-for-parents I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their support and the positive feedback they gave inspectors during their visit to the academy. The inspectors commented in their report that parents and carers of young people attending the academy had told them “their children are safe, well looked after and taught well. One parent stated, ‘This has been the saving of my son and will be the making of him.’” Here are some of the key findings about our academy from the latest Ofsted report: o Pupils’ welfare and their personal development are given a high priority. Pupils behave well in lessons, enjoy class discussions and take pride in their work. o Leaders are determined that pupils have the best opportunity to develop into good citizens. o Senior leaders and staff work hard to raise the aspirations of pupils who may not have had positive previous experiences of school. o Senior leaders have created a culture of respect throughout the school. They are ambitious for all pupils to succeed. Pupils who have not always had positive experiences in their previous schools develop trust and respect for staff. o Teachers work effectively with pupils to provide them with a high level of care and help them to achieve well. o Disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND are provided with the support they need to achieve well. One pupil expressed the views of many saying, ‘teachers don’t give up on us.’ o The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. This latest Ofsted inspection report is testament to all the hard work of our staff and students which has taken the academy on a journey from special measures to an Ofsted judgment of ‘Good’ in all areas in just 22 months. Ofsted scrutinized every aspect of our work during their latest visit to the academy and their final report shows how the academy is going from strength to strength. We remain ambitious for our students and our work to continue improving the academy doesn’t stop now. Eileen HindsHeadteacher
As part of Olive Academies’ commitment to give our students quality work experience and to develop their ambitions, a group of OA-Th students have had the opportunity to take their creative learning to a professional level. Emperor, the international creative corporate and brand communications agency, visited our academy again this month and gave students the chance to work alongside their top design and communications consultants on an innovative project. The Emperor team came to visit and take part in our ‘creative Olympics’ which saw Emperor staff tasked with supporting our students to plan, build and launch their own media platform. We can’t wait to see what the students, with support from their creative mentors at Emperor, produce over the coming months. Here’s some photos from their latest workshop…
Here is a copy of our Autumn academy newsletter with details about what our students have been learning and creating in the academy over the last few weeks. Including news on cooking pheasants, building a chicken coop, green screen animations, raft building and more!
We were delighted to have a special visit at the academy yesterday from Charlie Taylor, Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. He came along to meet our students and staff and find out more about young people’s experiences in alternative provision. He spoke with students, visited classrooms, met with OA leaders and saw learning in action in the academy. All the academy staff were so proud of our students – Charlie Taylor spoke of how impressed he was with the learning he saw going on in the academy during his visit and how engaged students were in their projects. He was particularly interested in hearing from Olive Academies leaders about how we are developing expeditionary learning at the academy and the ambitious curriculum we are delivering for our students. Mark Vickers, Chief Executive, Olive Academies said, “Charlie’s visit gave our students and staff the opportunity to show the progress, commitment, hard work and determination which can be seen in our academies on a daily basis.” We are always keen to share the good work that goes on at our academy. Charlie Taylor’s visit was encouraging for all; his feedback was positive and shows how we are all working together to give our students the best possible opportunities to succeed and fulfil their ambitions.
We are happy and proud to share news about our 29 Year 11 students’ achievements for last year. Many have made great strides in their learning and this can be seen in their results. Wherever possible we enter our Year 11 students for GCSEs or GCSE equivalent subjects, and this summer our students sat exams in the following range of subjects: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology, Double Science, RE and History. This year we also broadened the students’ offer with Functional Skills at entry level, L1 and L2, Arts Award (Bronze) and BTec PE. At the beginning of September, 28 of our 29 students had received firm offers of further learning – including opportunities in Engineering, Welding, Hair & Beauty, Health & Social Care, apprenticeship, Construction and Sports & Coaching. We are very proud of one of our students who achieved 7 qualifications, including: • Grade 7 in English Language • (Distinction in Spoken Language) • Grade 5 in Maths • Grade 5 in Double Award Science (2 qualifications) • Grade 5 in RE • Functional Skills in both English and Maths We will miss our Year 11 leavers and wish them all the best for the future. We look forward to hearing about what they go on to achieve in the future.
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