Coronavirus – Frequently asked questions

  Coronavirus (Covid-19): Frequently Asked Questions We have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help parents during this difficult time. If you still have further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. Will schools close? We intend to stay open unless we are required to close by the Government or are unable to open due to a high number of staff either self-isolating or socially distancing themselves from others. This may be as a part of a measure to close all schools or advice from Public Health England which may only apply to some schools. How long will schools close for? It is very hard to say. We will follow Government advice and close for as long as needed. How will schools communicate a closure with us? This will…

Safeguarding students and their families in the event of school closure due to the coronavirus

  Safeguarding students and their families in the event of school closure due to the Coronavirus In the event of a school closure due to the Coronavirus outbreak we wish to assure our students and their families that students’ wellbeing will continue to be of upmost importance. If you have a concern about a students’ safety or wellbeing during a school closure you should: ·         Telephone the academy on 0116 2413371 between 10.30am – 3pm.  Your call will be forwarded to one of our DSLs who will triage your call and take the most appropriate action ·         If you feel that a child is in immediate danger you should call 999   Our Designated Safeguarding Leads will take steps to continue to support our most vulnerable families.  This will include: Making telephone contact twice a week with identified students Maintaining contact with social services and other agencies to ensure information…

Professional Learning Afternoon – Mon 30th March 2020

A reminder that the school will close at 2pm on Monday 30th March 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. Please note from the Spring term we have amended the structure of the professional learning day to the following: Period 1 8:30 9:20 Period 2 9:20 10:10 Break 10:10 10:25 Period 3 10:25 11:15 Period 4 11:15 12:05 Lunch or Tutor 12:05 12:35 Tutor Lunch 12:35 13:05 Period 5 13:05 13:55   Thank you for your support.      

We are seeking a new Principal

Principal – Orchard Mead Academy, The Mead Educational Trust  Salary: Group 7 Start date: negotiable   ‘Making a positive difference’.   It’s an incredibly exciting time to join Orchard Mead Academy and The Mead Educational Trust which has a national profile for excellence in teaching, leadership and student outcomes. Based in a modern, state-of-the-art setting, Orchard Mead has much to commend. First and foremost – its community, which is impassioned and supportive. Alongside them is a talented team that is prepared and ready to be stretched and enthusiastic students that have a thirst for knowledge. Since joining the trust (as a sponsor-led academy), the entire team has worked with great commitment and effort to move the school positively forward. As our new principal, you will give us the additional capacity and direction required to truly fly. We are looking for an ambitious, collaborative and visible leader with a strong moral purpose –…

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Uniform Direct – Late Evening Opening Event

Our uniform supplier, Uniform Direct, are holding a ‘Late Evening Opening Event’ for parents from the Mead Educational schools where they offer a 1:1 measuring service for school uniform.  The dates are: Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th July – 5:30pm – 8:00pm If you purchase your uniform early and your child has a ‘growth spurt’, Uniform Direct will offer an exchange service right up to the start of school.

Class Charts Communications

At Orchard Mead Academy we use Class Charts, which allows students and families to keep up to date with behaviour, homework and rewards. You can log in at or through the free Android or Apple apps at any time to get live information. Class Charts works on a web browser on smartphones, computers, tablets and even web-enabled televisions, and the apps are compatible with hundreds of devices too. To log in you will need an Access codes, these were sent home in September, and remain the same as last academic year. Families who accessed Class Charts previously should still be able to use the same code for information about your children. If you have more than one child at Orchard Mead Academy, then all of them can be linked to one family account. If you have lost your access code please contact the school office on 0116 241 3371…

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…

Leadership Announcement

14th January 2020 Ms Gair has submitted her resignation, as Principal of Orchard Mead. The Trust would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Gair  for all her hard work, dedication and drive as Principal at Orchard Mead Academy. Ms Hindocha, (Director of Secondary Education at TMET  and formerly Principal at Rushey Mead Academy), will take up the full time role of Executive Principal,  and Mr Oldman, our new Trust Director of Inclusion, will work alongside Ms Hindocha. We would like to reassure parents and carers that there will be continuity during this transition, as Ms Hindocha in particular, has been working in the school for a long period of time. She is also a very experienced, highly successful and nationally recognised school leader. Mr Oldman, (recent winner of Headteacher of the Year)  will bring many new ideas and energy to the school. As always, we  count on your…

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…