Offa's Mead Academy
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
About Offa's Mead Academy
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Thank you for your interest in joining Offa’s Mead Academy. We are located in Sedbury, a village in the Forest of Dean district of west Gloucestershire, on the eastern bank of the River Wye, facing the Welsh town of Chepstow. We are close to Beachley Barracks and the academy draws 40% of its pupils from the families of service personnel based at the barracks. The current number on roll is 190 and there is a high level of SEMH (social, emotional and mental health needs). A high proportion of the children start at the academy after the early years foundation stage, and they often join part-way through the school year. In addition, many pupils also leave part way through the school year so we have an exciting challenge of ensuring every student who comes through our gates gets the best education!
If you thrive on making your mark and turning schools around, not only within your classroom but also across the school, this is a fantastic time to join Offa’s Mead Academy. In December 2018, following a full inspection, we were confirmed as an ‘Inadequate’ school by Ofsted. Our children and the community deserve better and it is time for major change and rapid improvement, which our whole team are ready to fully embrace.
Offa’s Mead Academy is part of Academies Enterprise Trust, a national network of over 60 primary, secondary and special academies. We are passionately committed to inspiring children and young people. Across the Trust, our KS2 results in 2018 for reading, writing and mathematics were above national at 66%.
There is a lot to do and we have a clear improvement plan already in place. Our journey has commenced and is being led by the interim Executive Principal, who also leads Hazelwood Academy based in Swindon. The Executive Principal will step aside once our new Principal is in place.
Being part of the Trust will enable you to work closely with our cluster of primary academies. The Trust provides a high degree of support and expertise to the whole school community and we enjoy significant partnerships with other primary and secondary academies across the school network.
It is important to us that our academies have a positive impact on their communities and that pupils understand the role they can play in the wider world. We work to ensure that parents and carers are actively engaged in their child’s learning. We value our staff, investing in their training and development at all stages of their careers. New Principals are assigned a mentor to support them for at least the first year of their appointment.
We warmly invite you to look at our website and read more information about what we do, our achievements both inside and outside of curriculum time and the other accolades the academy has achieved. You are encouraged to visit the academy for a tour. Please contact Karen Maggs on 01291 622932 to arrange.
We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust. AET believes that each and every child is inspired to choose a remarkable life. Our mission is to gather and motivate inspirational people committed to delivering an excellent education that launches children into remarkable lives.
Our values are:
- Be unusually brave
- Discover what’s possible
- Push the limits
- Be big-hearted
- Excellent career prospects across the network, with a culture of looking to promote from within
- Access to CPD to enable you to grow and develop in your role
- An annual season ticket loan (where applicable)
- Teachers' Pension or Local Government Pension Scheme
- Something we take very seriously is staff WELLBEING. That’s why we have partnered up with BHSF to provide support and employee benefits, such as a health cash plan scheme to support healthcare, discounted gym membership and a employee assistance programme
- A generous annual leave allowance
- The opportunity to use Google Suite, which allows you to do your best work, all in one suite
- Free car parking (where applicable)
- Subsidised or free lunch (where applicable)
Care, Guidance and Support for our Students
Taking care of our children and encouraging them to develop a positive attitude is an essential element of the work we do at Offa’s Mead.
We value and respect the views of the children. The Pupil Leadership Team (PLT) give the children a voice to express their opinions and make decisions which affect the whole school. For example, choosing books to purchase after our fundraising.
We encourage our children to care for each other. Upper KS2 children are trained as Peer Mediators (who resolve any difficulties in the playground), Reception Buddies (to help the transition to ‘big’ school) and as Yellow Caps (who organise play and lunchtime games with our new equipment) We also encourage work across classes- writing for younger audiences and joining together for drama activities or to play Maths games.
We develop the whole child, including the use of the SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) to develop their emotional skills.
Our Behaviour System for our Students
Our positive behaviour system uses a range of strategies, including our Ladder of Intervention. This has different levels.
- Level 1 Non-verbal/ Praise
- Level 2 Remind & Redirect
- Level 3 Warning and Intervention
- Level 4 Choices and Consequences.
We also use Golden Time on Friday Afternoons with fun activities as a reward as well as TEAM points to be collected to earn extra play. Classes can earn trophies for best attendance and the smartest line. Sanctions include loss of Golden Time, Chill out chair, in class or time out in an other class where there is persistent unacceptable behaviour. To see our rules please click here
At Offa’s Mead Academy we provide a broad and balanced curriculum through a thematic approach. Each class follows a subject focused theme which includes cross-curricular links to other subjects. This Academic year we will be continuing the the new curriculum, starting with History themes in October. In September, each class spent time on PSHCE and completing learning based on a class book. These included 'Mr Stink' by David Walliams and 'Boy' by Roald Dahl.
Summer Term- Geography focus
- Year 1 From Sedbury to a Safari
- Year 2- Around the World
- Year 3/4- Passage to India
- Year 4/5 Brooks, Beaches and Bubbling Lava
- Year 6- Rainforest to Rio
Spring Term- Science focus
- Reception- Winter,Jack and the Beanstalk
- Year 1 Animals and Plant Life
- Year 2 Sound, Living things and their habitats
- Year 3/4 Solids, Liquids and Gases (Charlie and the Chocolate factory)
- Y4/5 Bugs, Bones and Botany!
- Year 6 Blood, bones and body bits!
Autumn Term- History focus
- Reception- Marvellous Me and Bears Bears Everywhere!
- Year 1- Castles
- Year 2- The Great Fire of London
- Year 3/4- Battles, Burial and Beowulf
- Year 4/5- Egypt
- Year 6- Battles, Black Out and The Blitz
Please do let us know if you have any questions and please do pop in to visit us soon!
Offa’s Mead Academy creates a safe, happy and caring environment, where all children are valued, encouraged and supported to achieve their best in all areas of learning and development.-