Wednesday, 19 July 2017
As we come to the end of my first half term at Outwood Academy City it is a good time to reflect on what has been achieved throughout this academic year; provide you with some important information and look forward to an even more successful 2017-2018. Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your continued support of the Academy and the welcome that so many members of the community have extended to me.
It has been an incredible summer term at Outwood Academy City with lots to celebrate and to be proud of. After a brilliant exam period our Year 11 students said their goodbyes in style with the end of year Prom; we look forward to hearing their stories and celebrating with them again in August. There have been a huge number of other highlights this term: Key Stage and Sports Awards, Year 8 Graduations, Year 6 Transition events, Accelerated Reader and Literacy Celebration assemblies and our very successful Year 8 graduation residential to Lea Green, to name just a few – I am sure you will join me in thanking the Academy’s staff for their commitment, dedication and support throughout these events and over the year as a whole.
The Academy will close to students for the summer at 2:30pm on Friday, 21 July 2017 and will re-open to all new Year 7 students on Tuesday, 5 September with all other year groups returning the following day, Wednesday, 6 September. The calendar for the next academic year can be found here.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the expectations letter I sent to parents/carers dated 3 July 2017, a link to which can be found below. The letter sets out the high expectations we have in a number of areas including uniform, attendance and punctuality. Please take the time to support your son/daughter to ensure these standards are met and the foundations are in place for a successful year.
Summer holidays are a special time for families and a chance for our young people to relax, recharge and have fun. Whatever you have planned, home or away, I wish you a very happy and a very safe summer on behalf of all of the staff at Outwood Academy City.
Mr A Downing
24 August – Results Day
5 September – the Academy will reopen to new Year 7 students only
6 September – the Academy reopens to all students
8 September – 2:45 to 5:30pm – Trutex Uniform Selling Event
19 September – 5:00 to 8:00pm – Year 6 Open Evening
29 September – 10:00am to 12:00pm – Macmillan Coffee Morning
9 October – School Photos
18 October – 4:30 to 6:00pm – Careers Fair
24 October – 3:30 to 6:00pm – Year 7 Parents’ Evening
GCSE results will be distributed on Thursday, 24 August 2017 in the Main Hall.
Year 11 students are reminded to return any school textbooks and library books on Results Day. Books should be left in the LRC.
If a student is unable to attend in person and would like someone to collect their results on their behalf, the person collecting the results must bring a signed letter of authority from the student whose results they are collecting, as well as identification.
Please note, no results will be given over the phone.
We are pleased to confirm that Outwood Academy City have secured a new provider, TM Travel, for the Academy bus. You may be aware from local press news that Bright Bus, our current provider, will cease trading at the end of the academic year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the service they have provided over recent years, I am sure you will agree this has been invaluable.
TM Travel will operate the service, with an unchanged route and schedule, this is outlined here. Whilst sourcing a provider of the service, we have worked with a number of companies in an attempt to keep costs for students and parents to a minimum and are pleased that the fares will be in line with local standard services. There is however, an increased cost to this service with the fare per student per journey increasing to £0.80, which was the best price we could secure.
Academy uniform must be purchased from our uniform supplier, Trutex. Orders can be placed online through the Trutex website using the Academy’s LEA code LEA00644SC.
Trutex will be holding four uniform selling events throughout the 2017/18 academic year. These will be held in the Sports Entrance from 2:45 to 5:30pm on the dates detailed below:
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