Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

FAQs

Here you can find out most frequently asked questions from current and prospective parents/carers.

If the answer to your question isn't on our website or on this list, please feel free to contact us using the form, and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. 

FAQs

What can/can't my child bring to school?

We do not allow children to bring toys (unless otherwise stated as a reward), games or personal belongings with them to the academy.  Such items will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day.  Only year 5 and 6 children who walk home alone are permitted to bring mobile phones and these are locked away for the duration of the day.  These are left at your own risk and the Academy takes no responsibility for them if lost, stolen or damaged.  Our school also has a strict no nuts policy

How do I pay for school lunches?

We encourage children in Reception to Year 2 to have a school lunch as they are part of the Universal Free School meal scheme. Years 3 to 6 do have to pay and lunches are paid for using our online payment system. This can be accessed via this website using the ‘Online Payments' page. The school office will create the initial account and information / assistance on how to complete the set up can be viewed on the website or you can contact the school office directly.

 

What percentage of your students are selected on the basis of faith or ability?

None at all.  All places at the Academy will be free and available to the local community within an admission policy that mirrors the admissions arrangements for other local community schools.  Students will be accepted irrespective of ability or faith

Are Oasis Academies faith schools?

Staff and students of all faiths are welcome to be part of each Oasis Academy and faith is not a factor in the admissions criteria for the school.  The academies are 'schools of religious character' in order to enable Oasis' ethos of inclusion, which is grounded on the Christian faith, to be prominent in the school's character.

Who funds academies?

Academies are publicly funded independent schools.  The majority of the funding comes direct from central government.  The  Education Funding Agency  (formerly the YPLA)  will fund the annual running costs of the academies via a grant each academic year.  The sponsor has responsibility for the day to day running of the academy.  Oasis academies are sponsored by Oasis Community Learning, an exempt charity.

What is an academy?

Academies are state-funded independent schools and in many cases, join an academy network or family.  

What do I do if my child is sick?

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please contact the school office before 8.45am on the first day of illness and each subsequent day of absence. Coughs, colds, headaches or other minor ailments are not a reason to keep your child off school.  Please inform a member of staff if your child has a minor ailment so we can keep an extra eye on them and inform you if they get worse.

Can my child wear jewellery and accessories?

Jewellery allowances

  • Small stud style earrings only (only one stud per ear)
  • Stud earrings must be removed for PE or in the case of recently pierced ear/s (6 weeks only) covered by tape by parents/carers before the start of a PE day
  • No hoop earrings are permitted
  • Small discreet watches may be worn
  • No other jewellery is allowed. Any religious jewellery must be worn beneath clothing –  prior agreement with parents/teacher

Does my child have to wear school uniform?

We strongly believe in the importance of school uniform as we believe it helps create a strong sense of identity and unity.  As such it is compulsory that it is worn at all times of the school day.  

How can I best help my child at school?

We think our Parents Charter is a great guide on how people can help their children get the most of their educaton.

Parents’ Charter

  • Ensure your child attends school each day – unless they are here, how can they learn and make strong friendships?
  • Ensure your child has eaten breakfast before they come to school – children cannot learn if their tummies are rumbling and they are hungry.
  • Ensure your child has had a good nights sleep – 9 hours per night is recommended for primary school aged children.
  • Limit the amount of screen time that your child has to a maximum of 2 hours per day. Time spent on a computer or games console is isolated time and does not develop speech or social skills.
  • Talk with your child at every opportunity. Walk to school and talk about what you see, talk when doing the shopping, develop a love of being together and sharing your feelings.
  • Speak positively about school to your child – you may or may not have enjoyed school but let your child decide for themselves. Be interested in what they are learning. After all, it is their full time “work”.
  • Treat your child as an individual – they are their own person, be positive about that and encourage them in what they are good at. Don’t compare them with their brother or sister or other members of the class.
  • Be the grown up in the relationship. Your child is a child and they want you to be in charge. How you deal with your child, will reflect on the person that they become.
  • If something is worrying you, ask another adult for help. Do not worry your child with adult worries, they have no control over this and will become anxious. Ensure adult conversations take place where children cannot hear them.
  • Always start a new day on a positive and a fresh start.
  • Remember to tell your child that you love them every day.

Children Learn What They Live

  • If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
  • If they live with hostility, they learn to fight.
  • If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.
  • If children live with shame, they learn to be guilty.
  • If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
  • If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
  • If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.
  • If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
  • If children live with security, they learn how to have faith.
  • If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
  • If children live with acceptance and friendship, they learn to find love in the world. 

How do I apply for a Nursery or Reception place?

Full details on applications can be found in our admissions section. 

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