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Have a lovely summer!
On Friday 8th July the peer selected entrants from all classes in Year 7 and Year 8 displayed some fabulous investigations for the first Oldbury Academy Science Fair. Students were given the freedom to select their own project ideas to investigate for a few weeks prior to the event. There were a range of ideas presented from fruity batteries to germinating seeds. All students and staff were invited to see the fair in the Hall where students proudly answered questions about their work with a view to being awarded a first place prize. The voted winners for Year 8 were Sophie Northall and Valerija Cernova who created a visual volcano model that erupted with a chemical reaction. The Year 7 winners were Leah Sprigg, Gracie-Jo Kelly and Alexandra Hill. Their Magnetic Mayhem was interactive and very memorable with the voters.
Congratulations to all the entrants and runners up, some fantastic independent work which may develop into some national competition entries in the future. Special Science Commendations have been awarded to Manvir Sandhu, Neryan Sandhu and Kameron Sunner in year 7. Also to Molly Cavanagh, Lara Dallow and Milly Reader in Year 8. This is for exceptional scientific investigation skills recognised by the Head of Science.
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Ofsted HMI monitoring visit June 2016
On Wednesday the 15th June 2016 we received a monitoring visit by an OFSTED HMI and I’m delighted to share with you the positive outcome of this visit. Please find attached the monitoring inspection report for your information.
Some really pleasing comments within the inspection report include:
“Although improvements have been taking place since the inspection in September 2015, the pace of improvement has increased rapidly since January 2016 when the Headteacher took up his post full-time".
“There is a real sense of shared vision and purpose among staff and a clear energy and enthusiasm to improve the academy".
“All areas for improvement from the last inspection are being addressed effectively".
“More stable staffing and the recruitment of high quality, experienced staff are enabling leaders to implement and embed new strategies more effectively".
“All Leaders are now more strategically involved in meeting academy improvement targets and addressing priorities".
“External support is strong. Current leaders have been proactive in developing effective links with other schools, external organisations and individual experts, to support the academy in improving the accuracy of assessment, the quality of teaching and learning and leadership and management".
You can read the full report here. We are very pleased with the outcome of the report and look forward to continued success as we move forward.
Mr Philip Shackleton - Headteacher
County Champions! Under 13 Girls Cricket Team
The Under 13 Year 8 team has become County Champions and has progressed to the regional finals.
It is a masssive achievement and the students are buzzing for the chance to continue to compete further.
Well done all!
Welcome Message from Mr P Shackleton (Acting Headteacher)
I am exceptionally proud to be the new acting Headteacher of Oldbury Academy. Many of you know me already as I have worked at our school for over five years and feel extremely privileged to be able to lead a team of outstanding staff whose aim is to inspire students to achieve academic excellence and grow into well-qualified individuals, confident to take their place in society, with the skills and self-esteem to make a success of their lives.
I’m really excited and look forward to working with all of our students, staff, parents, governors and the wider community to ensure that our school meets the challenges we face head on. I have an intense and uncompromising drive to ensure our school continues to develop and improve.
I have high expectations of myself, my team and our students as we strive for excellence and I expect the highest standards and achievements from our students, in their behaviour, their effort and their attitude. Traditional values like respect, discipline, and hard work support my vision to ensure we continue to be a creative, dynamic and exciting school where students value learning.
Key to my philosophy is to champion and celebrate progress in all aspects of students’ lives. They should be recognised as individuals; yet I expect us to work together as a strong family, to continue to develop all aspects of our Academy. I want students to have a real voice here, who actively contribute to the running of the Academy. I want them to develop into fantastic role models who are able to achieve and fulfil all of their dreams and aspirations.
All staff and governors are committed to providing the very best education for our students. Our first challenge is to respond to the findings of our most recent OFSTED inspection in late September. I relish this challenge and look forward to leading the school over the coming months and years as we successfully move forward.
Mr Philip Shackleton