Welcome to Year 6 parents, carers and students who will be joining Outwood Academy Valley in September 2020. This page is designed to keep you informed about our transition process over the academic year, but also to ensure that any queries you might have are answered.
Bally Ward (Associate Assistant Principal)
Dawn Ostle (Y7 Learning Manager)
Tanya Parkin (Inclusion Manager)
Helen Nixon (SEND Officer)
When is the first day for Year 7 new starters?
The first day of term for Year 7 only is Wednesday 2 September 2020
What are the times of the academy day for Year 7 students?
• All students should be in school at 8:15am prompt
• A movement bell will sound at 8:20am
• Period 1 : 8.25am – 9.25am
• Period 2: 9.25am – 10:25am
• Break / VMG – 10:25am – 11:00am
• Period 3: 11:00am – 12:00pm
• Period 4: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
• Lunch : 12:30pm – 1:00pm
• Period 4: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
• Period 5: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
• Enrichment: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
What are the lunchtime arrangements for Year 7?
Year 7 students have their lunch as a year group, between 12:30pm and 1:00pm. This ensures there is minimal queuing time and that they can eat together in their first year at the academy. The catering provided by the academy operates a “Pay Online” system. Parents can load student accounts from home, or students can add money using finger recognition stations at the academy. We will provide log-on details for parents in due course. Students are welcome to bring a packed lunch.
You will, by now, have received a letter from the Academy (dated April 2020).
Once Trutex have received your orders, the named uniform bundles will be delivered to the Academy for
you to collect. The collection dates for each academy are:
Distribution dates – 19th and 20th August 2020
Exchange dates – 21st and 24th August 2020
We will contact you again nearer the collection date with arrangements for the day as we will need to ensure that we practice social distancing and appropriate safeguarding for yourselves and staff.
Should you discover that the uniform you have ordered does not fit, there will be a return and exchange day held the following day at the school. Again, it will be necessary to manage this day carefully to protect everyone and further details will be given nearer the time.
Please be aware that this process will only be for the order of your free uniform bundle and additional uniform that you wish to buy will need to be purchased from Trutex online or a local stockist as usual..
We also ask that parents purchase plain black shoes as well as non-marking trainers for PE.
Jewellery, hair and makeup – are there any do’s and don’ts?
No jewellery is allowed, except a wrist watch and a Medic Alert necklace or bracelet. No body piercings, including ear, nose and belly button, are allowed.
No nail polish and no false nails.
Any make-up worn by older students should be very discreet. Students are asked to remove make-up if it is not discreet.
Hairstyles should be sensible and colours should be natural. No student will be allowed into lessons with unnatural hair colour. Hair accessories should be discreet, no scarves or bandanas (unless for religious reasons).
What equipment will my child need?
Distribution dates: 19th and 20th August 2020
Exchange dates: 21st and 24th August 2020
Following the changes to Government advice, from Monday 23 March our schools will be closed, except for providing childcare to a small number of children. During the period of closure we will not be able to collect correspondence sent via post. There are also only a small number of staff in the academy making it difficult to answer the telephone.
Therefore, where possible, we ask that you contact us via this contact form.