Miss Kirsty Beckwith (Learning Manager)
The Trust shares a purpose with parents/carers to keep children safe from harm and to have their welfare promoted. All new parents/carers are provided with the following statement prior to their child starting with the Academy:
“The Trust takes child protection and safeguarding very seriously. We have a very comprehensive child safeguarding policy which we are happy to share with you upon request. If your child informs staff members at their Academy of any issues which cause us concern, we may request the help of outside agencies. Depending on the nature of the concern and the severity of the issue, we may or may not contact parents/carers regarding the disclosure the child has made. We would in this instance contact the relevant professional body and seek their advice. Please be aware that our aim is always to act professional with the child’s safety and best interest at the forefront.”
We are committed to working positively, open and honestly with parents/carers. We ensure that all parents/carers are treated with respect, dignity and courtesy. We respect parents/carers’ rights to privacy and confidentiality and will not share sensitive information unless we have permission or it is necessary to do so to protect a child. Each Academy will share with parents/carers any concerns we may have about their child unless to do so may place the child at risk of harm.
Outwood Grange Academies Trust follow each Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) procedures when dealing with any matters of a child protection nature. The Academy will endeavor to discuss all concerns with parents/carers about their children. However, there may be exceptional circumstances when an Academy will discuss concerns with Social Care and/or the Police without parental knowledge (in accordance with LSCB Child Protection Procedures). The Academy will, of course, always aim to maintain a positive relationship with all parents/carers. The Trust’s Child Safeguarding Policy is available to all parents/carers upon request.
What are the times of the school day?
During Transition we aim to ensure Year 6 become familiar with the school day, so the aim is that times will be the same as for other students. Further information will be issued in due course.
School starts for all students at 8.45 am prompt.
Period 1 8.45 – 9.45 am
Period 2 9.45 – 10.45 am
VMG/Break 10.45 – 11:20 am
Period 3 11.20 – 12.20 noon
Period 4/Lunch 12.20 – 1:50 pm
Period 5 1.50 – 2.50 pm
How is the School Uniform organised?
We will provide a full uniform to Year 7 students when they start the school. As students grow out of their uniform, parents are expected to buy official replacements, and there are more details about how to do this here: http://www.ripon.outwood.com/uniform It is planned that Year 6 students will be measured in school during Transition, and that Uniform will be able to be collected on certain days within the school holidays, towards the end of August (date to be confirmed).
What equipment will my child need?
All students will be provided with a Planner. They are expected to have a school bag that is large enough to contain an A4 folder. The basic equipment that is required from September is:
A black pen.
A pencil and pencil sharpener.
What are the lunchtime arrangements?
Year 7 students have their lunch as a year group, between 12.50 – 13.20pm. This ensures there is minimal queuing time and that they can eat together in their first year at the academy. The catering is provided by the Academy who operate a ‘Pay Online’ system. Parents can load student accounts from home, or students can add money using two optical finger recognition stations in the school. We will provide log-on details for parents in due course, and there is no need to contact Carillion directly at this stage.
SEN and Inclusion
During the coming months, Mrs Tarplee will be visiting primary schools to meet Year 6 teachers to gather crucial transition information. Colleagues from several of our partner primary schools will also be working alongside Year 6 students at Outwood Academy Ripon during these three weeks in July as part of the Transition process.
If you have a question that you think the answer would be of use to other Year 6 parents, please use the form below, and relevant information will be added to the Frequently Asked Questions section of this page. We will of course also answer specific questions relating to your child directly via this form. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.