Students to return to the Academy on March 8th 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, I can confirm that the school will reopen to all
students from Monday, 8 March 2021.

Over the next two weeks, we will continue to deliver on-site provision for the children of critical
workers and for vulnerable children. Our remote learning provision will continue for all other

Throughout this period, we will prepare for the wider reopening. We will work carefully through the
government guidance to ensure that all controls are in place in order to ensure a safe environment
for all.

As we get closer to 8 March, I will write to you again to communicate the final details of
your son/daughter’s return. This will include arrangements for staggered start times and the on-site
controls that will be in place in order to continue to promote social distancing, particularly at the
beginning and end of the school day.

Once the academy reopens on 8 March, we will continue to manage the school in year group bubbles.
This will ensure that we are able to limit how many contacts each student has and in the event of a
positive case will enable us to only have to instruct a smaller number of students to self-isolate.

Much of your son/daughter’s provision will remain unchanged from that experienced at the end of
2020. Any changes in light of revised government guidance will be communicated to you shortly.
The wider reopening of schools is a positive step forward in the country’s response to COVID-19.

Once school reopens, all students (with the exception of those instructed to shield) will be expected
to attend. As a result, our live online provision will not be provided in the way that it currently is.

It is important that we all work together to prepare all children for a positive return to school including
organising your child’s uniform, planner and equipment, and re-establishing morning routines to ensure
punctual arrival at school.

Whilst I am sure you will appreciate we now have to work through our planning and the revised
guidance, if you do have any further questions about your child’s return to school on Monday, 8
March 2021 please contact the academy via the ‘Contact Us’ button on the school website..

About Us

Ofsted rated: Good
Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth is a medium sized academy located on Harrowgate Lane in Stockton on Tees. We are extremely proud of our tradition of serving the families of the community of Stockton and surrounding areas. The predecessor Bishopsgarth School joined the nationally renowned Outwood Grange Academies Trust in November 2016.
Associate Principal – Mrs Hutchinson-Jones

2019 GCSE Results

Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth report the best results in the history of the school! 52% of students achieved a grade 4 or above in both English and maths – this represents a phenomenal increase of 15% over the last two years!
English results were outstanding with 67% attaining a 4 to 9 grade 60% of students also passed maths at a grade 4 or above. Four students accomplished the amazing accolade of attaining the grade 9 qualifications across English, maths and science! Only a very small percentage of students nationally will achieve a grade 9.
A number of students achieved outstanding progress by attaining a grade or more higher than predicted across all of their GCSE subjects. An achievement reached by their hard work and commitment to their studies!
Steve Merifield, Principal, said, “These results illustrate a rapidly improving Academy and one that is raising standards and transforming the lives of young people. I am extremely proud of our students and they fully deserve their achievements. They have clearly shown that hard work equals success. Thank you to all students, staff, governors and all at Outwood Grange Academies Trust”.
Mark Hassack, Executive Principal said “This is a school which is simply transformed and the increase in outcomes for children over the past two years is simply remarkable. Under Steve’s leadership, the academy has become a lovely place to learn and as a result, the outcomes for children are improving rapidly.”

Literacy in the Academy

‘Word of the Week’ is part of the Academy’s ongoing strategy to improve students’ literacy. Students are being taught the importance of language and the need for a good vocabulary, both for their school work and as an essential life skill. There is an Academy WOW each week, displayed around school and on the website, and its use is reinforced by VMG tutors and in school assemblies. The word is designed to make students confident in their use of a range of complex words and their meanings, in a drive to improve student articulacy to even higher levels.

“As vocabulary is reduced, so are the number of feelings you can express, the number of events you can describe, the number of the things you can identify. Man grows by language.” – Sheri S. Tepper

Year 8 Guided Pathways

The following documents provide information about our year 8 guided pathways. The video explains the process and contains key information that would have been presented at our usual information evening. There is also the guided pathways booklet with further guidance on the process and information about each subject. There are two links which take you to either “will study full Ebacc” or " may study full Ebacc" and you should complete the form as indicated in the communication sent out on 15th January.
Students will need to complete the form using their Outwood google log in details. The deadline for completion is 29th January 2021.

COVID 19 Testing Information

Please read the following attachments which provide guidance for the programme of testing of staff and students for COVID 19 in January 2021

Careers Parent and Student Online Session

You are invited to an informal parent and pupil Q & A session at 3pm on Friday 5 March.
FE Colleges, armed forces information, Apprenticeships, Voluntary organisations, Sixth Forms and training groups will be there to answer your questions and give support.

The webinar will take place via google meet and a link will be sent out to you prior to the session. Please complete the form below if you wish to attend.

IHCP Screening form

If your child has a diagnosed medical condition whereby they are required to have medication administered in the Academy, an individual healthcare plan must be completed.

To ensure your child has the relevant plan in place, we request you complete the questionnaire below to determine whether or not your child requires an individual healthcare plan.

Please be aware - we can only administer medication which has been prescribed by a medical professional and cannot be taken around school hours.

Should your child require an individual healthcare plan, we will be in touch to arrange an appointment.

Please can you complete the form in the link below:

Letters to Parents

Covid-19 Risk Assessment Updated 2nd March 2021

Please follow the link to our updated risk assessment

Helping your child to manage their wellbeing

Supporting your child’s wellbeing through COVID-19.

In order to support your child and family members at this challenging time OGAT has produced a range of resources and access to key organisations who can offer support. These can be accessed by clicking on the green bar titled Mental Wellbeing below.

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Word of the Week


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