Academy News

Making a Positive Difference – Challenge Partners Review

We are proud to share feedback from our Challenge Partners review in January 2020.  These comments provide testament to the hard work and dedication shown by all the staff at Orchard Mead Academy who are continuously “Making a Positive Difference“. “Teachers use increasingly effective strategies to enthuse students.” “Good systems for monitoring the quality of teaching are in place.” “All staff work towards making improvements where they are needed” “Strategies to improve students’ quality of education are evaluated and promoted to staff.” “Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is appropriate for all students.” “Students speak positively about their school.” “Leaders promptly and precisely identified approaches that will have the most positive and rapid impact on students’ outcomes.” “Students are keen to achieve and want to extend their knowledge and skills.” “Teachers use insightful questioning to stimulate thought-provoking discussions and debates.” “Students benefit from teachers’ good subject knowledge.” “Students who require…

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After School Bus

To support students who have faced difficulties on their way home, particularly after extra-curricular activities, from Monday 3rd February we will be piloting a free bus service which will follow the same route as the number 38 bus into the city centre.  This bus is run by Beaver Bus; it will come onto the school site each evening at approximately 3.45pm where students will be able to board safely. We will be trialling this service until Easter.  The two regular services buses operated by “First Bus” at 2.45pm and 3pm will continue to run as usual and school staff will continue to support students boarding these buses. A copy of the number 38 bus timetable can be found here. Students who wish to catch the later bus are welcome to use the school library for quiet study and revision and are actively encouraged to partake in the wide range of…

Orchard Mead Academy Admissions Policy Consultation for 2021 and beyond

Orchard Mead Academy is proposing a change to its policy for admissions arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year and subsequent years. The proposed policy is presented here. The change is to reduce the school’s Planned Admissions Number (PAN) from 240 to 210. This will take effect for Year 7 starting in 2021 and for subsequent years.   Rationale for change Orchard Mead Academy does not reach its PAN at the start of each academic year. The PAN reduction will enable the school to operate closer to full capacity from the start of each year, so reducing the turbulence in the student population over the year. Greater stability in the student population will support the school improvement work being carried out at Orchard Mead Academy.   We have discussed the number of secondary school places forecast to be required over the coming years in Leicester City with the Local Authority and…

Syston / Thurmaston Bus Survey

Dear Parents / Carers, We are aware that an increasing number of our students are travelling from the Syston and Thurmaston area, and as there is not an accessible public transport route from these areas to the academy we have been trying to engage with private bus companies to provide a school service to cover the journey. Unfortunately, we have been unsuccessful in securing a private service as the companies do not feel we are able to offer enough customers to make the service viable.  We would therefore like to collect data to show that this is not the case and have created a parent survey to obtain this information. If you feel your child would benefit from a private service, we would greatly appreciate your time in completing the short survey, which will take no more than a couple of minutes. The link to the survey is here The route…

Lockers Still Available

Lockers are still available for students to purchase and are available to students for £22 per year. Information on how to purchase a locker for your child can be found here. The provider of our lockers can be contacted by calling 01582 488885 or via their website 

School Bus Pass Information

If you live more than 3 miles away from Orchard Mead Academy and your child is entitled to free school meals you may be eligible for assistance with a school bus pass from the Leicester City Council. Information on how to apply for a school bus pass can be found by visiting the council website here. Thank you.

Extra Curricular Activities

We are pleased to share our timetable for our extra-curricular activities; these include morning, lunch and after school clubs. A copy of the Term 1 timetable can be found here.  We hope many students will partake in our clubs, all of which are provided free of charge and will help students develop their physical and emotional well-being – whilst also having fun and making friends. And not forgetting the 60:30 homework rule this year; we would like every student to complete 30 minutes of exercise each day, so joining a club also means you’ve completed your homework for the day!

Student Uniform Information

Following our change of name, we have updated our blazer so that it now displays the Orchard Mead Academy logo, and introduced neck ties which represent the house your child is a member of. We would like to reassure parents and carers that we do not wish the change of academy name to create additional expense for you.  Therefore,  students  entering Year 8-11 may continue to wear the navy Hamilton Academy blazer until you wish to replace it.    Students in Year 8-11 will also be given a new house tie on Thursday 29th August 2019.  Please send in your old Hamilton tie for recycling if possible. As students in Year 7 are new to the academy, they will be expected to purchase the new Orchard Mead blazer and their own house tie. All purchasing information, including which House tie to purchase has been sent to you previously.  If you require any support,…

GCSE Results Day Information

Hamilton Academy Year 11 students may collect their GCSE results on Thursday 22nd August 2019 between 10.00am and 12.00pm,  from the Main Hall. If you are unable to collect your statement of results yourself  and would like somebody else to collect them for you, you MUST let us know in advance by letter.  You will need to tell us the name of the person that will be collecting the results on your behalf and what form of identification they will bring with them to prove their identification on the day. Any results not collected will be moved to the main office and can be collected from the 28th August onwards between the times of 9.30am – 3.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30am – 3.00pm on Friday. Staff will be available to discuss your results with you on results day, as well as Ms J Walkden from the careers department.

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