Professional Learning Afternoon – Mon 9th December 2019

A reminder that the school will close at 2pm on Monday 8th December 2019 to allow teachers collaborative planning and research time from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Full details on our professional learning afternoons, their dates and intended impact can be seen here. Thank you for your support.      

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…

Children in Need – Friday 15th November 2019

As usual, the Academy will be supporting Children in Need on Friday 15th November 2019. On this day students will be able to wear non-school uniform or fancy dress in exchange for donating £1 to this worthy cause. Please may we remind you that, for reasons of health and safety, the following are not allowed to be worn: Caps or hats Nightwear – pyjamas, nighties, dressing gowns, slippers, for example Revealing clothes of any kind Clothing which features offensive language or logos During the day students will also have the opportunity to take part in the ‘Pudsey’s Big BBC Quiz’, a fundraising activity and fun inter-house competition. We hope that students will enjoy this day and enjoy supporting such a worthy cause. If pupils do not wish to participate in this event there is no obligation on them to do so and they can, of course, wear their full school…

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 

Year 8 HPV Vaccination Information

Please be advised that the Community Immunisation Service (Part of the NHS) will be carrying out the first dose of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccinations for year 8 students in school on Tuesday 1st October 2019. To give consent for your child to receive this vaccination this please use the following link and code:- Code LE144629 Should you experience any difficulties please telephone 0300 300 0007 and speak with a member of the Immunisation Team. Information on the vaccination can be found here: HPV Letter to Parents – Sept 19  

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,…

First Day of Term

Orchard Mead Academy will be open for Year 7 Students on Wednesday 28th August 2019. Year 11 students have been invited to a GCSE launch day, please look out letters which have been sent home with your appointment time. Year 8-10 students return to school on Thursday 29th August 2019. We look forward to welcoming you all for the new school year!

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