Please find below details for all the GCSE exams being held at Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central). Please don’t hesitate to contact the academy office if you have any queries: Tuesday 24 April 2018 AM/PM 5 hours Art, Craft & Design Thursday 26 April 2018 AM/PM 5 hours Art, Craft & Design Tuesday 1 May 2018 AM/PM 5 hours Art, Craft & Design Thursday 3 May 2018 AM/PM 5 hours Art, Craft & Design Friday 4 May 2018 English Language / Non-exam assessment Spoken Language Monday 14 May 2018 PM 1h 00m BTEC Applied Science / Unit 1 : Principles of Science Tuesday 15 May 2018 PM 1h 45m Biology Paper 1 Tuesday 22 May 2018 AM 1h 45m English Literature / Paper 1 Tuesday 22 May 2018 PM 3h 00m Geography / Paper 1 Thursday 24 May 2018 AM 1h 30m Mathematics / Paper 1 : Non-Calculator Friday 25 May 2018 AM 2h 15m English Literature / Paper 2 Tuesday 5 June 2018 AM 1h 45m English Language / Explorations in creative reading and writing Thursday 7 June 2018 AM 1h 30m Mathematics / Paper 2 : Calculator Friday 8 June 2018 AM 1h 45m English Language / Writer’ viewpoints and perspectives Monday 11 June 2018 AM 1h 45m Biology / Paper 2 Tuesday 12 June 2018 AM 1h 30m Mathematics / Paper 3 : Calculator
We would like to welcome Caroline Ingarfield to Olive AP Academy -Suffolk (Central). She has joined our team this term as our new OA-SC Deputy Headteacher. Caroline’s teaching career began in a large secondary and sixth form school in Cambridge. She went on to work at another secondary school as Head of Lower School with responsibility for 600 students from year 7-9; working closely with staff, students and their parents/ carers to ensure every child had what they needed to succeed in their transition to Key Stage 4. During her time teaching in Cambridge she also was selected to play for ‘Cambs and Hunts’ senior ladies cricket team. Caroline has also represented England in their U19, U21 and Senior Lacrosse teams. Caroline went on to become Assistant Principal in a secondary school in Suffolk and was then promoted to Vice Principal in charge of student behaviour and welfare and day-to-day management of the school. Caroline says. “I have been in post for just under a month and feel I am already part of the furniture here at OA-SC. My role is to improve the quality of teaching and learning across the academy, look at our curriculum provision and ensure it meets the needs of all our learners. I can categorically say that I am loving the challenge that this role brings and look forward to working in partnership with Helen Fortes to continue in the quest to provide excellent alternative provision for all our students.”
A ‘yellow’ warning for snow has been issued for this week, accompanied by warnings of very low temperatures. We will always make every effort to keep our academy open but in the event of extreme weather, or loss of essential services, the academy may need to follow emergency closure procedures: In the case of bad weather please listen for announcements of school closures on the following local radio stations: Radio Station Frequencies Closed schools broadcast times BBC Radio Suffolk(www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk) 95.5/ 95.9/ 103.9/ 1.04.6 FM 10 past the hour; 20 to the hour You may also find it helpful to visit the Suffolk County Council website dedicated to school closures at the following link: http://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk Provision closure information will also be posted on our academy website at http://apsuffolk.oliveacademies.org.uk/ and on our twitter account @OASuffolkC It is your responsibility to take account of local conditions and decide whether children should set out for school, especially if a long road journey is involved. Should your taxi company advise that it is unsafe to travel in your local area, please advise the relevant Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) site immediately. Please make sure that children know what to do if the Olive AP Academy sites have to close early due to bad weather and they arrive home before the normal time. We will telephone you or your emergency contact number if this happens. Just to remind you the contact numbers for Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) sites are as follows: Stowmarket 01449 613931 Bury 01284 718782
Here’s a copy of the academy’s new newsletter, being sent out to all parents and carers today. Wishing all our pupils, their families/ carers and our staff a happy half term break. Click on this link to download a copy of the Academy Newsletter for parents/ carers and pupils February 2018.
At the end of last term our KS2 class here at Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) had a fantastic visit from some very special four legged friends. Natalia and her team from Dogs for Development visited with three of their therapy dogs. Our KS2 pupils had a great time learning about how to train and care for the dogs.
We were so impressed with our pupils’ designs for this year’s Olive Academies Christmas Card Challenge that we thought we should share them with everyone. There were so many fantastic designs that the panel found it hard to decide on a winner. In the end Alfie’s detailed design in pencil was chosen as the overall winner and his drawing has been made into the official Olive Academies’ Christmas card. This will be the official card used by OA academies across the country. Runners-up prizes were awarded to Jason and Sean for their brilliant artwork. Well done to everyone who took part!
Last night pupils and staff here at Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) celebrated the end of our successful first term with a festive party. Judith Mobbs, Suffolk County Council’s Assistant Director of Inclusion and Skills, attended the celebration held on Thursday 7th December and spoke to local school leaders, pupils and academy staff at the event. She said, “To work with Olive Academies here in Suffolk is fantastic. This new academy is part of our journey as a county. We need to improve our offer for children who have additional needs. We are working hard to change things – so that every child has the right offer of education to give them the right start in life.” Helen Fortes, Headteacher, Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) said, “I am so proud of how hard our staff and pupils have worked this term. We want our new academy to be a place where young people can thrive, learn and achieve their best. All pupils need their teachers to believe that today could be the start to changing their tomorrows. All of our staff here at the academy are determined to find innovative and exciting ways to re-engage each of our pupils. We are ambitious and want the very best education for all local children and young people.” At the event, Mark Vickers, Chief Executive of Olive Academies, also presented a prize to OA-SC pupil Alfie Nicholas for his winning Christmas card design which was selected to become the Olive Academies’ official 2017 Christmas card. Runners-up awards were also given to Sean Bloomfield and Jason Hudgell for their brilliant Christmas card designs. Well done Sean, Alfie and Jason. We are very proud of you! Back row from left to right: Mark Vickers, Chief Executive, Olive Academies; Philip Whall, Chair, Olive Academies Multi-Academy Trust; Judith Mobbs, Assistant Director of Inclusion and Skills, Suffolk County Council; Helen Fortes, Headteacher, Olive AP Academy – Suffolk (Central) pictured with pupils from Olive AP Academy School – Suffolk (Central) and Alfie Nicholas (centre front) holding his winning Christmas card design. Alfie is presented with his prize for his winning Christmas card design by Mark Vickers, Chief Executive of Olive Academies.