Year 11 Live Learning - Information during self-isolation

*Updated 18.10.2020 Live Lessons for Year 11 students

Year 11 students self-isolating will have an assembly with Mrs Hutchinson-Jones at 9.00am on Monday 19th October via the google classroom Year 11 Year Group.

Lessons will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10.00am and 11.00am. Students will need to follow the link in their google classroom.

10.00am Maths
11.00am English

10.00am Maths
11.00am Science

10.00am English
11.00am Geography

10.00am Science
11.00am English

Students should follow the rules outlined by your teachers, listen and follow instructions from teachers at all times.
Keep your camera on at all times and your microphone on mute unless you are contributing to the lesson.

Answer questions when asked by ‘unmuting’ your microphone when your teacher asks you to. If you would like to ask a question or get your teacher’s attention, you can raise your hand. Be sensible and considerate. This includes interactions with both teachers and peers.

Display politeness when receiving work and/or help from teachers and peers; remember to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Use full and correct grammar when typing; informal language and ‘text speak’ is not appropriate. This includes interactions on Google Meet via the chat facility.

Complete work to the best possible standard and to the deadlines set by teachers; submitting this when requested to do so

What should I do to help my child prepare for an online lesson?

Establish a routine where your child is prepared and ready 5-10 minutes in advance of an online lesson starting.
Discuss appropriate behaviour with your child. Our behaviour policy teaches students to be safe, respectful and responsible. This also applies to online lessons. Failure to adhere to this could result in your child being removed from the online learning.

Ensure that your child has an appropriate place to work whilst accessing online learning. Consider what can be viewed behind them and ensure that this is appropriate for others to see. Consider where your child will be when they access a live lesson, ideally a desk or table and a quiet uninterrupted space.

Make sure that all other adults and children within the household are aware of the days and times that any live lessons will be taking place. This is to ensure the online lesson can proceed without interruption.

What will happen during an online lesson?

Online lessons will vary in length from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Your child will have between 2-3 live lessons per day that will take place at the times indicated in the timetable below.
The link for the lesson will be placed in the google classroom.
The teacher will take a register to record which students were in attendance. You will be contacted by your child’s Learning Manager if they do not attend the lesson. Relevant Safeguarding procedures will be implemented where relevant.

During the online lesson your child will need to have their camera on and their microphone on mute.
If your child is asked a question by the teacher, they can unmute to answer the question.
There is also a live chat facility that your child can use to ask any questions that they may have.
The online lesson will be recorded. This will enable students who could not access the lesson at the time to complete the work later that same day.

What will happen after an online lesson?

Your child will be set task(s) via google classroom. This is the platform that their work has been set on through-out the lockdown period. The only difference is the task(s) will now be directly linked to the online lesson. This will make the activities more accessible for your child.
If the member of staff has any concerns about your child’s conduct whilst on the online lesson, they will contact you to discuss the issue.
Staff will also issue praise points for students who have worked particularly well during an online lesson.

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

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

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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Enrichment Timetable September 2019


Word of the Week


Spelling of the Week