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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

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, and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. 

FAQs

Can anyone join the academy or is there a catchment area?

All places at the Academy are free and available to the local community within an admissions policy which mirrors the admissions arrangements for Southampton.  Students will be accepted irrespective of ability or faith.  Full details about admission to the Academy can be found on the admissions section of the website.

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.  

How do I pay for school lunches?

For more information about cashless catering click here.

What do I do if my child is sick?

If your child is too unwell to come into school you must notify the academy office as soon as you can.  Pupil absences are recorded and on return we expect a letter of explanation. 

You must contact the academy each day that your child is unwell. 

If you child becomes sick during the school day, they will be instructed to visit the school nurse who will assess the extent of the illness and call appropriate parents/carers. 

Can my child wear jewellery and accessories?

No jewellery should be worn apart from small stud-type earrings.  Small discrete watches may be worn.  Any religious jewellery should be worn beneath clothing.

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.  School uniform can be purchased from Skoolkit. 

We ask our students to wear a formal uniform for a number of reasons.  We believe that learning is a serious business and as such our students need to take it seriously. We think that a strict uniform sets the right tone for working. We do not think that wearing a uniform makes a student smarter, but we do think that putting a uniform on correctly in the morning is an important act of compliance; it tells Academy staff, other students and members of the public that they will do the right thing. The final reason for wearing a uniform is that it is a great leveller; everyone looks the same regardless of whether or not they have the right pair of trainers at home.

What is the academy policy on mobile phones?

The Academy realises that many parents want their children to have a mobile phone for safety reasons. Students are allowed to bring their phones to the Academy site, but they must not be seen or heard. If a student is using a phone, the phone will be confiscated by the teacher or member of staff and returned at the end of the day.  The Academy cannot take responsibility for devices that are lost or damaged by other students.

Does the academy plan on opening up a Sixth Form?

At this moment in time we do not have any plans to open a Sixth Form. The Academy works very closely with all the colleges in the city and believes that the broad provision offered to student’s post 16 is of a high quality.

Where do most students go on to college?

The vast majority of our students now go on to college, however a small number gain apprenticeships and some obtain full time employment. Richard Tauntons’ College and City College are the most popular destination for students although some do travel to attend Barton Peverill or Sparsholt College.

Are students allowed off-site at lunchtimes?

Students are not allowed off-site at lunchtime. However, on rare occasions the Principal may make an allowance for a fixed period.

Are parents allowed to drop off and collect students from the main car park?

We would like to encourage parents to drop off/collect their children using the rugby club car park next to the Academy. It is a very short walk from this car park to the main entrance. However, we recognise that some students have specific physical needs that require them to be dropped close to the building, this is always acceptable.