Students Settle successfully into academy life
The academy successfully delivered its bespoke transition plan for its September 2020 cohort, ensuring all new students got the best possible induction and start to secondary school life at OBA.
Despite some 11-year olds being out of school for almost 6 months, we ensured a smooth transition for our newest year group with a comprehensive three-day induction programme.
Mrs Snagg, Associate Assistant Principal, responsible for Transition said, “During lockdown we offered a range of virtual activities to our new students but it was really important to us that the aspects of transition that would usually happen in the summer term were not missed. These days usually build familiarity and confidence and form the basis of friendships and relationships that help ease children into their new surroundings. Our message was simple. Transition would still happen – just at a different time of year to normal”.
Year 7 were the only students in the school building on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September and were joined by sixth form students only on Monday 8th September. This allowed a full three days where new students were safely able to move around the academy to take part in all important ice-breaker activities, school tours, wellbeing and e-safety sessions.
Students took part in the academy’s traditional tie-giving ceremony but as parents were not able to attend this year, a photo of each student with their new school tie was taken for all parents/carers. Other sessions over the busy induction days included a house launch, inter-house competitions, safeguarding information, standards and expectations and the creation of a Year 7 anti-bullying pledge.
Mr Milne, Head of Year 7 said, “Transition can be a time of worry for many even without the extra implications caused by Covid but I am so proud of our new year group. From day one, they have shown positivity and a real willingness to take on the academy’s motto ‘Dare to Shine’. I look forward to leading them through their next 5 years at OBA’.
September has also been a big month for Year 12 who have made the leap from Year 11 to Sixth Form. Students transitioning between Years 11 and 12 were supported virtually during the school closure with a ‘bridging the gap module’ for each of their new subjects. Since returning to the academy last week they have also been introduced to the VESPA model to ensure they are in right mindset to succeed on their Level 3 courses. Delivered through the ‘Lessons for Life’ curriculum, the model which stands for Vision, Effort, Systems, Practice and Attitude (VESPA) will enable them to develop strong strategies to support their studies throughout their time in Sixth Form
Mr Fenner Head of Sixth Form said, “Students have returned with a very mature attitude and have settled really well into both Years 12 and 13. They have realised how much education they have missed out on and how the effort they put in now will determine how successful they are in the future.”