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Year 7 Virtual Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 11 November

Dear Parent/Carer of Year 7 students,

Year 7 Virtual Parents’ Evening: Wednesday 11 November, 4.00 pm until 7.30 pm.

I am writing to invite you to a Virtual Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 11 November between 4.00 pm and 7.30 pm. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress with their Tutor and together consider support for their next learning steps.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we will conduct these conversations over the phone rather than face-to-face.

To facilitate this, Year 7 Tutors will have “Year 7 check-in” conversations with Parents/Carers and it will be a more ‘primary phase’ style conversation around how your child has settled into Year 7 (general feedback about conduct, attitude etc.). Any subject specific queries can be passed on to subject teachers, who can make phone calls home another time. Heads of House, the Year 7 Raising Attainment Lead and the Senior Leadership Team will also make additional phone calls to Parents/Carers of students with concerns identified.

Please note: if your child is in 7.5, please book your appointment as normal with their designated Tutor and I will make the phone calls on their behalf.

Insight App (Google Play/Apple App Store)

Parents’ evening bookings can now be made using this application on your phone or on the website and the bookings will open on Friday 6 November. When you book your virtual appointment, please leave your contact number in the “Notes” section. To login, visit the KOA Insight website at https://koa-insight.clf.uk or enter the address on the App together with your Username and Password.

Once you have logged in for the first time, please check that your email, telephone numbers and home address are correct and amend if required.

Insight will also enable you to accurately track and monitor various aspects of your child’s progress at school via PC, laptop and mobile devices.  The following features are included:

• Parents’ Evening appointment booking system
• Daily behaviour and achievements
• Timetable information
• Information on homework that has been set
• Attendance statistics
• Notification/Alerts regarding forthcoming events.

Further information and a user guide is available here: http://kingsoakacademy.org.uk/insight-instructions/

If you have more than one child attending King’s Oak, you will be able to view all siblings under the same login. Please see the user guide for more information.

If you have any questions regarding Insight, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Taylor, who is heading up the introduction of Insight at KOA.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Marie-Anais, Year 7 Raising Attainment Lead


Thank you for considering King’s Oak Academy for your child.

During October and November we are holding small group tours of our primary academy during the day, one family at a time.  We would love to show you around so please contact the school office (01179 927129) to book an appointment

On Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 10:00 am we will hold a Virtual Information Event which will be a live event on Microsoft Teams.  The link you will need to join this event will be posted here before the event.

These events are aimed at parents of children who will be starting in Reception in September 2021 and are instead of our normal Open Events which we have been unable to hold this year because of the Covid related restrictions.

Responsibility for September Reception admissions to King’s Oak Academy for the academic year 2021-22 continues to rest with South Gloucestershire Student Access and Support Team.   Applications should be made directly to them and you can find out more information about the school’s admission arrangements on the South Gloucestershire website.

What has been happening at KOA during Term 1

We have reached the end of Term 1!

Whilst it has not been a typical term, across the last 33 days of learning we have seen staff and children show a real determination to Work Hard and Be Kind because we know that every day does count!

Well done everyone.

Find out more by reading our Newsletter HERE

Food parcels and Emergency Assistance Grants from South Glos Council.

South Gloucestershire Council will ensure that no child will go hungry in #SouthGlos over the half term.
They will be working alongside local suppliers and schools, to provide food parcels for those who receive free school meals, while also providing Emergency Assistance Grants for any family or resident that is struggling due to the Covid-19 crisis. #EndChildFoodPoverty
More information on food parcels coming soon.

King’s Oak on ITV

KOA is taking part in a trial scheme to ban vehicles dropping children off outside the school.  ITV West Country reporter, Katie Rowlett, visited the Academy to find out more.  If you would like to watch this report please click on the link HERE.

Youth Sport Trust Wellbeing week

This week at King’s Oak Academy, we are supporting the Youth Sport Trust return to school programme focusing on the reintroduction of pupils back into school helping their recovery and wellbeing.

During this week, students will take part in PSHE workshops, adapted PE lessons and Tutor sessions focusing on self-discipline, cooperation and teamwork.

Further information is available as follows: https://www.youthsporttrust.org/reintroducing-young-people-school-environment-through-pe-toolkit



Please click below for a playlist of videos to help you learn more about the subjects you will study in Year 7, told via a video message from some of the teachers at KOA.



This event took place on 16 September 2020 and you can watch a recording of the event and a Virtual Tour of KOA below.


Please click below for a playlist of the videos



Year 9 Mental Health during lockdown

You might have seen in the BBC News recently a report about teenage mental health during lockdown undertaken by Bristol University in 17 schools in the south west. This was part of a project that Ms Shaw has been doing with Year 9 for the past year which has provided really useful data for us. We are really pleased that KOA are part of this national project which will continue into Year 10.  You can see the data by following the links below:

Young People’s Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic Infographic – August 2020

Young People’s Mental Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic Initial findings – August 2020 


Academy Councillor Election

We currently have a vacancy for an Academy Councillor and parents and carers are welcome to put their name forward should they wish to stand for election.  Much like a Governing Body, the Academy Council’s role is to ensure your children learn in a safe environment and to the maximum of their ability.

More information