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
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: https://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.