Could we please ask for your support to put in place a one way system to pick up and drop of your child. Please come up Glanville Road and drop of your child and turn left across Barracks Lane and down Cumberland Road.
There is very limited parking outside of the school. The road to the right of the school entrance leading to Marsh Park has cycle lanes on both sides of the road and have parking permit allowances for our local residents, please be respectful of this and do not park or stop in this area.
Can we again encourage children wherever possible to walk or cycle to school. Not only is this good for their wellbeing but also helps them to be active and stay healthy.
The catering team are working hard to ensure a wide variety of healthy meal choices are available to students. Updated menus will be available on the school website early next week
GCSE Results 2020
August 20th, 2020
Thursday 20th August 2020
GCSE results at Oxford Spires Academy
GCSE Year 11 Press Release
We are immensely proud of our Year 11 cohort who have worked extremely hard and in these uncertain times have shown tremendous resilience and patience. These results mean that our students are well prepared for the future and we are very much looking forward to celebrating many of our students progressing into our sixth form next year.
Our high achieving students have performed exceptionally well again this year. There are many individual successes of note and these include:
Alex Dunn who has achieved top grade 9s across 11 GCSEs and this is in addition to the grade 9 which he had previously achieved in maths at the end of year 10. Brothers, Dory Reynolds and Gaby Reynolds both have 9 GCSEs at grade 9 in addition to their grade 9 which they both achieved in maths last year.
Evie Manton has attained 12 GCSEs overall and her impressive results include eight grade 9s and four grade 8s and Esther Abe has accomplished an exceptional set of results achieving 11 GCSEs at grade 7-9 with four GCSEs at a grade 9.
Dufuwaa Smith has achieved outstanding results with her 10 GCSEs at grade 7-9, including two fabulous grade 9s in Spanish and Chemistry. Noor Khan has attained fantastic outcomes with all 11 GCSEs at grade 7-9. She has achieved a grade 9 for Design Technology, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Daisy Stilborn has been four remarkable grade 9s in Geography, History, Physics and RE and all 11 of her GCSEs at grade 7-9.
Many of our incredible students have shown tremendous drive and determination and have made strong progress again this year. We would like to recognise and congratulate Maria Miguel who has made nearly four grades of progress across her subjects and achieved the strongest progress overall this year. Miray Bilgin, Ronan Bennett, Dahnish Ali, Alisha Dogar and Nosheen Mullick have all achieved at least three grades of progress across their subjects and this is really extraordinary.
As always, we have a huge amount to celebrate. Congratulations go to the students and a huge thank you to teachers for their hard work, and importantly, of course, to parents too. We are delighted that so many students have thrived during their time at the academy, students have shone for many reasons inside and beyond the classroom and we look forward to sharing their future successes as students move into their next phase of their journey.
Commenting on this success, Principal Marianne Blake said:
“I am really delighted with the successes achieved by our students this year. Despite the turbulent and challenging national picture our students have risen to the challenge. They have achieved the grades they deserved and this will enable them to progress successfully on to their chosen A Level courses, training or employment routes. Across the board, it is fantastic to see students achieving their personal best, whatever their chosen pathway.”
Chair of Governors Chris Scrivener said on behalf of the LGB:
“These results mean that students can genuinely celebrate their achievements secure in the knowledge that their results are based on their individual effort and hard work as evidenced through school assessed and work and internal exams, which have been carefully scrutinised by teachers and moderated by senior leaders. Our congratulations to all students, staff and families/carers for these results at the end of a turbulent and unimaginable year.”
A Level Results at Oxford Spires Academy
August 13th, 2020
Sixth Form Press Release
A-LEVEL RESULTS AT OXFORD SPIRES ACADEMY
Thursday 13th August 2020
Despite a year of challenges and uncertainties for Sixth Form students nationally, Oxford Spires Academy has seen further improvements in its A level results this summer and we are delighted to report that almost all of this year’s Year 13 students have secured their first choice of university place. Some of our students have also secured high value apprenticeships and traineeships. The grades received may improve even further following the appeals process, widely covered in the national press.
Our top-performing students have done particularly well, even in these adverse circumstances. Head boy Patryk Tomczynski has been awarded A grades in Physics and Further Maths and a B in Maths; Matty Clark has been awarded an A* in Physics, A grades in Maths and Chemistry and a A in Computing AS level; and Houzeefa Zaffar has been awarded grade A in Economics, with Bs in Maths and Physics.
We would also like to congratulate Briah Bilverstone (A in Sociology, Cs in Philosophy and Ethics, and Politics); Miranda Lipscombe (A in Media, B in History, C in Philosophy and Ethics, and A in her Extended Project); Nadia Shah (B in Geography; B in Spanish as well as BTEC Sport); Sanaa Ahmed (B in Economics alongside Distinction and Merit in Double Business BTEC); and Libby Harris (C in Psychology, as well as double Distinction in Business BTEC and B in her Extended Project).
Commenting on this year’s results, Principal Marianne Blake said:
‘I am really proud of the accomplishments of all our students this year. We have a rising academic profile and remain committed to providing an inclusive Sixth Form for our local community. Over two thirds of our students will progress into university this year and many have been successful in securing their first choice.
I would like to take the opportunity to recognise and thank our staff for working hard to support and encourage our students particularly given the extreme challenges of this year. The government suggested this week that mock grades might be used as a basis for challenge. Our most recent mock grades indicate that 40% of results could be higher than those allocated to students. I would like to support students in making appeals so that their hard work and the progress we have made is fully realised.’
Chris Scrivener, Chair of Governors, states:
‘On behalf of the Local Governing Body, can I congratulate all students on their achievements as they transition from school to higher education or employment. It is pleasing to know that most of our Sixth Form students have secured their first choice university places and it was good to see so many happy faces today.
This is a testament to the hard work of our teaching staff and colleagues within Oxford Spires in these exceptional and challenging times’
Sixth Form Taster Days for Year 11 students
June 19th, 2020
3 July and 10 July 2020
All applicants for Year 12 next year have an email giving them information how to book on to taster sessions. Any questions, please email Dr Watson on email@example.com
Social Distancing Measures – Classroom Changes
June 11th, 2020
Social distancing measures and classroom changes video
We are looking forward to welcoming back Year 10 and 12. The staff at OSA have been busy preparing the site to minimise risk. We have created a video for you to see some of the measures that we have put in place, including social distancing queues and an example of a classroom. Looking forward to seeing you very soon.
Latest Parent Update
June 3rd, 2020
Latest parent update available now
OSA Potential Reopening
May 30th, 2020
Dear Parents & Students,
I hope that you are all well and that you have enjoyed the hot and sunny half term. As I am sure many of you are aware the government has released the guidance for secondary schools this week.
They have confirmed, that we will be able to offer some face to face sessions for our Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday 15 June. As I am sure you will understand this will be a small amount initially however, we will try to ensure that all Year 10 and 12 have the opportunity for some face to face time with each of their subjects before the start of summer.
I will be releasing more information in my update on Tuesday 02 June, but I wanted to make sure that you were clear that the school will not be opening to additional students next week. I hope that you enjoy your weekend and I very much look forward to seeing you all soon.
Best of wishes
For Children and Young Adults – PC Bury
May 23rd, 2020
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Update regarding Free School Meals Vouchers
April 17th, 2020
Thank-you all for being patient with us as we continue to apply for your child’s entitlement to free school meal Vouchers. I am pleased to let you all know that as an Academy we are set up on the Government system and are now awaiting for the vouchers to be processed. This has taken longer than we had expected, and we are checking several times on a daily occurrence to ensure that your vouchers reach you as quickly as possible.
April 8th, 2020
We have sent lots of information recently. You can find copies of recent letters and updates on our website under the Parent Tab – Parental Communication. – Recent Letters
Free School Meals – Food Vouchers
April 7th, 2020
Can parents/carers that receive free school meals please check your ParentMail account. Please click on the FORM tab to see our latest information. Please can we have your replies by 10th April 2020.
Sandra Poyser – firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking after our families
March 31st, 2020
Please be aware that staff may be making contact with you and your children over the next few weeks. The calls may come through as ‘No caller ID’ – we ask that you answer these calls to allow us to communicate with you.
Shelley Baker – Designated Safeguarding Lead
Warning – SCAM Email Alert
March 24th, 2020
We have been informed that a number of parents across the country have received an email regarding Free School Meals.
The scam email is asking for parents to supply bank details if their child is you entitled to Free School Meals in order for parents to be supported.
We can confirm this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.
Key Workers Q&A
March 20th, 2020
Can my child come to school if I am not a Key Worker?
The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children – children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
If your child is unwell or showing any symptoms PLEASE do not send them into school as we do not want to risk the health and wellbeing of the teacher or students of any other Key Workers in the school.
Does my child have to attend every day?
Your child does not have to attend school every day but they will need to attend for full days 8.45-2.00pm.They will need to register in each lesson. Students will need to enter via main reception area in the morning. Can we please encourage students to try to arrive on time?
What is the structure of the day?
School will open 8.45-2.00pm Students in school from Year 7-10 will study a national curriculum timetable. Students do not need to wear school uniform and they will be provided with a timetable when they arrive on Monday or the first day they come into school.
What about Year 11 and 6th Form students of Key Workers
Year 11 and 6th Form students of Key Workers are able to self-study in the 6th Form common room.
What are the catering provisions?
There will be a limited choice and service available from the catering team. The conference centre dining area will be closed but all food will be served through the Willow Café. We will pay for and provide lunch for students who are in receipt of free school meals as well as students from our key worker families.
March 19th, 2020
Thank you for completing the Key Worker Parental Survey. A number of you have already confirmed that as Key Workers you do NOT need extra support from the school. For the academy to offer a skeleton timetable and remain open we need to have accurate numbers of students that still need to come to school. This will enable us to keep accurate registers to safeguard our students.
The school will open at 8.45am – 2.00pm from Monday 23rd March until further notice. There will be a limited choice and service of our school catering facilities.
As a Key Worker if you wish for your child to still attend school on reduced timetable and hours please email email@example.com Please state your child’s name and tutor group.
Parent Update 18th March 2020
March 18th, 2020
We hope you are all well and keeping safe. In light of the government advice this evening. I can confirm that we will be closing at the end of the school day on Friday 20th March for all year groups.
So far, we have received 438 responses from our survey. 179 of you have identified that you are a key worker. If you are yet to respond to this, please do so by the end of tomorrow afternoon. This will be extremely helpful in us helping to support our vulnerable and key worker families.
To support our students while we are closed teachers have set work and made available resources for students to continue studying. I would like to remind you of the remote learning plans and support we have shared with you just recently, please visit our school website.
At this point there are suggestions in regards to many aspects including the summer exams provision as soon as I have any further information I will update you with all of the additional detail. I am sorry for the uncertainty that this presents to you and our young people at this time. It is an incredibly difficult situation for everyone and I appreciate your continuing support.
Year 8 Choices
March 18th, 2020
Please see the latest information for Year 8 Students and Parents regarding Year 8 Choices.
Letter Home - Choices Year 8
March 17th, 2020
I am writing to let you know that we have organised remote learning packs from all subject areas for our students. During this time of uncertainty we wanted to ensure that all students have access to relevant learning.
Plans and guidance for all subjects and year groups can be found on our website under the ‘Student’ tab or by following this link and choosing the relevant year group. https://www.oxfordspiresacademy.org/student/remote-learning/
Students can access ‘remote learning folders’ through the Student Portal. Access to the portal is https://oxfordspiresacademy.sharepoint.com/sites/OSAStudentPortal
Students can also access work that teachers set through Show My Homework.
BBC Bitesize provides free and well-structured learning resources for both KS3 and KS4 students: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
For those students in GCSE wanting further revision GCSE Pod is also free for them to log in and use.
Students in our Sixth Form will receive work set by their teachers by email and through Show My Homework as and when needed.
For our most vulnerable families who may need to contact us during long periods of self-isolation, we are always contactable, please follow this link for additional support. https://www.oxfordspiresacademy.org/contact/staff-emails
How to guides: https://www.oxfordspiresacademy.org/student/remote-learning/
• How to access the student portal:
• How to log onto show my homework:
• Quick Start Guide GCSE POD:
Very Best wishes,
Sara Fletcher – Vice Principal
Parent update and partial closure of OSA 18 March 2020 Years 9, 10 and 12 only
March 17th, 2020
We hope you are all well and keeping safe. Currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our staff or student body. As a school, we are following the daily Government Guidance regarding COVID-19 and acting both proportionally and rationally with our response.
We are currently experiencing staff shortages, due to the need to protect our most vulnerable students and staff via self-isolation. We have therefore made the decision for a partial closure of the school until we advise otherwise.
The school will be closed for Years 9, 10 and 12 from Wednesday 18th March onwards.
Students will be expected to stay at home and complete work set by class teachers. A separate letter will be sent home regarding access and setting of work to enable our students to learn remotely from home.
All students who are at home who have been advised to self-isolate will be given a Y attendance code to indicate non-attendance due to unavoidable circumstances. During the closure students in Year 9,10 & 12 will be marked with an authorised code.
As this is an increasing picture please keep an eye on the website for potential closures to further year groups in KS3 from 19 March 2020. We are trying to maintain lessons for our Year 11 and Year 13 students for as long as possible. Can I please ask our Sixth Form students to read the email from Dr Watson with further details?
Year 10 Work Experience
March 11th, 2020
Seven lucky Year 10 students had the chance to work along side our very own site team during work experience week.
All seven took part in COSHH , Health & Safety and Risk Assessment training before seeing the working side of site team most people never see, from gardening work to unblocking drains, changing lock barrels to setting up assemblies, but more importantly understanding the need to work as a team and look out for another.
March 10th, 2020
Geography Field Trip
March 9th, 2020
The most recent A Level Geography field trip took place in the second week in February. We stayed in the magnificent Grade 1 listed Nettlecombe Court in Somerset, which is a field study centre operated by the FSC. It is an historic building held before the Norman Conquest by the son of King Harold. William the Conqueror assumed possession of Nettlecombe after defeating King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. It is surrounded by 223 acres of parkland on the edge of the Exmoor National Park. Nettlecombe makes a great location for telling ghost stories!
Study sites included Minehead town and Porlock Bay; both located on the South-West Coast Path. Minehead is well known for its Butlins holiday camp which opened in the 1960s. Our students investigated the impact of coastal defences to find out whether Butlins and the sea front at Minehead will be adequately protected from the risk of coastal flooding in the future. The Porlock Bay day had the best weather with bright sunshine where we measured beach profiles and looked at the effects of a ‘Do Nothing’ approach; which is the governments’ shoreline management plan for the next 90 years.
Year 12 students will use their fieldwork to prepare for their AS Level exams and A level students built on their experience last year in order to complete coursework ready for submission just after Easter.
Student comments: “I didn’t realise that we would hear erosion taking place with the sound of the pebbles rolling in the waves on the beach – that’s pretty cool and a bit like relaxation music.”. “Staying at Nettlecombe Court was great, they have all the equipment we needed and new things to try like data loggers and apps. It’s also helped my understanding of fieldwork and changed how I look at Oxford. I’m constantly asking questions about why and how.”. “I didn’t think I’d like the food but it was actually really good and although the building we stayed in is old, all the bedrooms and classrooms are modern, warm and we had our own bathrooms too.”
Trip leader Ms Wilkinson, Senior Leader for KS3 and Head of Geography, said, “We all had a wonderful time immersed in all things geographical for three days. The students worked really hard and some stayed in the classroom until after 10pm to complete the investigations they had started; however, they did all enjoy some free time too. The coastline we studied has incredible features and controversial flood risk management. It’s a great place for an A Level field trip.”
March 9th, 2020
A written exchange programme has been set up with a Spanish city called Albacete. The idea is that students will be able to communicate with people of their own age in the foreign language, and ask and learn about their culture first-hand.
Year 8 (Boys) PE lesson in Cross Country
March 9th, 2020
The boys were put into 2 groups and the task was to run the whole 2 rugby pitches TOGETHER. Some students struggled but they joined forces to motivate everyone to get to the finish line – TOGETHER. Students started making plans, positioning and pacing. Callum’s (8S1) team went first with the time 3:18 and Eshan’s (8S1) finished 3:10. Samuel (8T1) approached me saying that he lost his inhaler, but he wasn’t exactly sure whereabouts he dropped it. The whole group went out to find it, without me having to ask them. Robert (8T1) found it and gave it back to Samuel. We don’t only teach students the value of teamwork and overcoming pain to win, but also the values of humanity.
Shadows of Troy
March 9th, 2020
12 students from Year 9 took part in a Greek translation workshop run by Queens College Oxford University. They learnt about the Greek alphabet and how many English words have roots in the Greek language. Following this the students went to see the Oxford Playhouse production ‘Shadows of Troy’.
As always the students were a great credit to Oxford Spires Academy.
OSA Careers Week – 2-6 March
February 27th, 2020
The following events will take place next week as it is National Careers Week and we’re joining in here at Spires!
Year 10 will have Work Experience all week.
Some Year 12 students will go to Cambridge to find out about admissions.
All Year 12 will have an afternoon learning about Apprenticeships.
Some Year 11 students will visit BMW to discuss applications for apprenticeships.
Speakers on IT/Technology careers, on Creative Media and on International Business are available for students from any year. For these, students need to look at the link they have via school email.
Dr Watson will give a talk for any interested parents and students in Year 7-10 on Thursday 5 March (see parentmail invitation already issued).
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers workshops have been offered to selected parents and students in Year 7 and 8 from under-represented backgrounds (see parentmail invitation already issued).
Year 11 students will continue with their individual interviews with the careers advisors.
Careers events happen for different students in most weeks – and careers week is not the only chance students have to find out about the workplace, about different routes into careers and about university and apprenticeship admissions. If you have any suggestions for additions to the annual careers programme, or any questions, please contact Dr Watson on firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents’ Evening / Morning Booking System
January 29th, 2020
The booking system for Parents’ Evening/Morning (13th and 14th February Years 7,8,9 and 12) will go live Friday 31st January. Please book your appointments via the ParentMail app or desktop site.
For assistance with ParentMail please contact Sandra Poyser on email@example.com
January 20th, 2020
Our latest newsletter is now available to download.
Newsletter January 2020
Yr 12 Biology Visit to the Oxford Museum of Natural History
December 18th, 2019
Y12 biologists visited The Oxford Museum of Natural History to take part in Cells Day – a series of lectures from scientists from the University on the subject of cells.
We were able to get access to the Museum before the other schools and studied the “First Animals” exhibition, covering the first evolution of multi-cellular life around 600 million years ago. This led into the talk by Peter Holland (head of the Zoology Dept) on “Why did cells stick together”. Before that was a talk introducing cells, in particular the cytoskeleton which moves structures around cells on “rail tracks”. There were also two talks on plant cells, one which challenged the pupils’ perception of plant cell structure.
In the afternoon the talks were on using bacterial cells to solve the problem of the over-use of plant fertilisers, and two on diseases. The last one, by Robert MacLaren, was about using viruses (injected by a robot) to add DNA to heal defective eye cells – the students found this particularly fascinating.
December 13th, 2019
Every so often I’ll forward to you the Amazing Apprenticeships parents’ pack so you can see what kind of opportunities may be available for your child in this career pathway. OSA have sessions on Apprenticeship applications for students in Year 10-13, and we encourage students to think about different routes that might lead them to the career destination they are interested in.
Please download the pack here: Parents Pack
If you have any questions on any aspect of OSA’s careers work, please don’t hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr J Watson
Vice-Principal (Sixth Form, Careers and Enrichment)
The Scientific – Issue 2
December 12th, 2019
The OSA Medical Society has worked hard this term, sorting out work experience placements, booking a First Aid training day and meeting with Dr Jacobs, their mentor, to plan their reading and research. Many students who are interested in a medical career in Year 12, 11 and 10 have also booked on to a January conference at Oxford Brookes. They have also produced the second issue of their magazine, The Scientific – available here.
The Scientific - 11
If any further students are interested in registering for the Medical Conference at Oxford Brookes on 18 and 19 January, please email email@example.com.
The ESU MACE for Sixth Form debaters
December 10th, 2019
Following the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition, entered by Year 9 and 10 students at OSA, the next step is the MACE, the national debating competition, largely entered by Sixth Form students. We hosted the first round at OSA last year.
This year our team – Linnet Drury, Felix Henson and Huma Khan – travelled to Abingdon School and joined in an evening of lively debate. Opposing the motion ‘This House believes that people in the UK should be limited to one flight each a year’, the team argued ably against the team from the host school. Though Linnet and Felix reached the national final of the ESU Public Speaking in Year 10, and Linnet was invited to join the UK team, they are building up their debate skills still and on this occasion didn’t get through to the area finals.
We look forward to further Sixth Form debating in the Oxford Schools Competition in January.
New College Debating
December 10th, 2019
Dr Watson, Miss Morris and Mr Hart took a group of students from Year 7 and 8 to compete in the New College Debating Competition against Cheney and New College School. This is the second year the competition has been held and we went into it with the added pressure of having won last year. One of last year’s competitors – Olivia Ward Jacobs – led the training for the Year 7 students with great skill and commitment.
They had to prepare on debate in advance on the topic of “This House believes the cost of space exploration far outweighs its benefits”. After dinner in New College Hall there was a second debate on the topic “This House believes that young people have never had it so easy”. This time students had less than half hour to prepare their speeches. All our students gave excellent performances.
Erik Moseley was awarded the prize for best speaker in the Oxford Spires team and Olivia was awarded both the prize for the best Oxford Spires summariser and the best overall summariser. In addition we were very excited to win the overall trophy meaning we maintained our 100% record in this competition.
Kids’ Lit Quiz
December 10th, 2019
On 26th November Miss Morris and Mr Sheppard took two teams of year 7 and 8 students to compete in the Oxfordshire Heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz. This is an international quiz on children’s literature that is held all around the world with the Internation Final taking place in New Zealand this year. Our two teams had to answer 10 rounds of questions on over 100 years worth of children’s books, requiring knowledge of plots, authors, characters and illustrations. The questions were incredibly challenging and some were University Challenge and Mastermind level. After each round there was a prize for the highest scoring team on that round. If there was a tie then it went to a sudden death tie breaker.
Our B team won the prize after the round on Dreams and our A team won a tie breaker to get the prize for the Legends round. There were also prizes for the audience member that was the fastest to answer a question after each round and Miss Morris and Mr Sheppard were both very pleased to win one of these each.
In the end our B team came 7th out of 22 and our A team came 5th, beating a lot of teams from prestigious private schools. The A team was just 1.5 marks behind 3rd place and worked out that had they played their joker and doubled their score on a different round then they would have come 2nd.
Both teams had a great time and were a real credit to the school – and this competition will now become an annual event!
End Of Term Arrangements
December 9th, 2019
End of term for the students is 18 December 2019. As usual we will celebrate this occasion with our End of Term Awards Assemblies. Year 7 students will also have the opportunity to watch the Annual OSA Panto.
Students will finish school at the following times:
Year 11, 12 and 13 – will be dismissed at 12.10
Year 7-10 will be dismissed at 14.10
German Student Exchange
December 9th, 2019
Now in it’s fourth year, our German Student Exchange has had yet another successful trip to Aschaffenburg and Berlin with financial support from the British Council, which we are very grateful for. The students immersed themselves in German culture and really stepped outside their comfort zone by staying with families they had never met before. We are very proud of our students’ willingness to try out new things and experience first hand how speaking another language can open doors to new possibilities you would never experience without giving it a go. Many thanks also to all the staff who supported this trip especially Mr Fanchi and Miss Stober without whom this would not have been possible. We are excited and looking forward to hosting our German friends in July.
OSA Students Meet Author Jeff Kinney
December 3rd, 2019
On Friday 22nd November, the English department took over 30 Year 7s to the Oxford Playhouse to hear from worldwide best-selling author Jeff Kinney. Some parents may be familiar with his series of books ‘the Diary of the Wimpy Kid’. The children absolutely loved seeing one of their favourite books brought to life with a range of engaging activities and lots of audience participation. The audience, which was filled with local secondary and primary schools in Oxford, were tasked with the challenge of asking Jeff a question he had never heard before during the Q and A. One of our students creatively asked “How many crocodiles have you seen in your life?”. This garnered a laugh from Jeff (who had indeed never been asked that before)and the rest of the OSA students showing their full appreciation of this through cheering an applause!
November 22nd, 2019
Thursday 7th November 2019 saw House Drama students ‘Dicing with the Decades as they created performances about key points in our history.
Our Student Captains worked tirelessly to research historical events and create a script which was interesting and presented some of the issues that we have faced or could face in the future.
The houses worked every week to develop their performances and built relationships across the year groups in the process. Each house took a different idea from the topic of dicing with the decades and found inspiration in their research.
Seacole explored the idea of a meteor crashing into the earth and ending the world
Earhart looked at the great depression and the impact it had on the theatrical world
Bannister showed the effect of communist’s vs the rich upper-class and their battle for equality
Tolkien delved into the stonewall riots and the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community
With each house making their plot decisions based on their interests and strengths it made for a difficult decision for the judges on which house they thought deserved the win. As always the House Drama competition showcased the talent of our students here at OSA as well as the developing leadership skills, creativity and perseverance of our captains. The winners on the night were:
- Overall Winner – Tolkien
- Best Actor – Sam Sperry Year 11
- Best Supporting Actor – Emjay East Year 8
- Best Actress – Naama Brittenden Year 12
- Best Supporting Actress – Zulekha Sharif Year 13
- Best Script – Tolkien (Freya Carter Year 11)
- Best Lighting and Sound Design – Seacole
- Best Costume Design – Bannister
- Best Program – Seacole
All the houses should be proud of the hard work, determination and perseverance that they put into their performances and this year Tolkien walked away the overall winners which was well-deserved.
Year 12 Medical Society
November 13th, 2019
It’s not easy to be accepted on to a university medical degree, but some of our Sixth Form students are working really hard to make sure their applications next year are successful. They’ve set up a Medical Society and are meeting weekly, booking speaker meetings and working with one of our generous parent-mentors (who works in a local hospital) to arrange work experience and prepare for entrance tests.
One of the first things they’ve set up is a MedSoc newspaper, to showcase their research into medical issues. The latest issue is available here – The Scientific - 8
Year 11 students are welcome to join MedSoc and should let Dr Watson know if they are interested email firstname.lastname@example.org
They, and any interested Year 10 students, are also invited to apply for a medical conference being held at Oxford Brookes university in January. Dr Watson has emailed details to them.