Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

FAQs

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

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 mobile phones with them to the academy.  Such items will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day.

How do i pay for school lunches?

Academy lunches are paid for at the office.  Please use a marked envelope for the money.  Free Academy meals are available to those families in receipt of Child Tax Credit, Job Seekers’ Allowance or Income Support.  Please bring proof of your entitlement to the Academy office, where the relevant paperwork can be completed.

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 academy office before 8.45am.  If your child is unwell for consecutive days, please contact the academy on each day that they are unable to attend.

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.  

Can anyone join the academy and 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 community schools in Birmingham.  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.

How can I get hold of my child's class teacher?

In the first instance, please contact the school office who will direct you as necessary.

What is your parental feedback procedure?

If you have a complaint about any aspect of the academy, please contact the main office where we will talk you through the relevant procedure.

What happens if I am running late at the end of the day?

Any children who are unable to be collected on time (3.05pm), will be taken to the school office and kept there until 3.15pm, after which they will be placed in the after school club facilities until such a time as they can be collected, there will be a charge of £10.