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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

KOA – One Call Away video

The children still attending King’s Oak, along with Miss Pearch and Mr Gribble, and some help from Digitech students, created this video with the staff of King’s Oak to share with you this special message – We are only ONE call away!’

You can watch the video HERE


Welcome Back Term 5 – Letter to Parents

Letter to all parents on 20th April 2020 from Katherine Ogden, Associate Principal:

I hope that everyone is keeping safe and well during this time and that most of you have been able to have a restful Spring holiday in spite of the on-going pandemic. We have all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I want to take this opportunity to say what an amazing job you are doing supporting your child’s well-being and learning during this time.

It has definitely been a strange and challenging time, so it is understandable if you and your child feel anxious and frustrated at the moment. Please remember that we are here for you every step of the way as we figure this all out together. While we miss having children in the academy, we must continue to follow the Government guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. In the meantime, we will continue to do our utmost to keep connected with you and your family and help provide home learning activities for your child/ren to get stuck into during the day until we are able to re-open the Academy following guidance from the Government.

Finally, as we start a new term, I would like to update you on some of the events that have taken place during the Spring holiday (see below), remind you that the next round of home learning work will be uploaded onto Insight/See-saw on Monday morning and share some important information regarding scam emails.

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IMPORTANT Exam information for Year 11 parents and students

KOA has received further information from Ofqual regarding the assessment process for your upcoming GCSEs. As you will appreciate, under the current circumstances this has been a complex piece of work to ensure that students are not disadvantaged and their work they have completed is fairly reflected in the qualifications they are awarded.

Read this letter to parents and students.

Details that outline the GCSE awarding process can be found by clicking the links below:

Ofqual Letter to Students

Information for schools, students and parents

In summary, the key messages are:

Schools will be asked to submit:
• A ‘Centre Assessment Grade’ which is the grade you would have most likely achieved if you had sat your exams.
• A rank order of students within each grade for each subject.

Further information:

• Schools have been asked to consider a range of assessment methods such as classwork and homework; your results in assignments and mock exam; any non-exam assessment or coursework you have done; and your general progress during each course.
• Grades submitted to the exam boards will then go through a process of standardisation to ensure fairness across schools.
• At this stage, please do not carry on with completing any coursework. You will not be disadvantaged if you were not able to complete work that was given out after King’s Oak was closed.
• We have been told by Ofqual that we cannot share the Centre Assessment Grades with students, parents or carers. As a result, currently, we are unable to release any grades from exams already taken this year until we have received further guidance.

• You will receive your grades by August if not earlier.
• You will then have the option to appeal the grades (where appropriate) and/or sit the exam during the next academic year.

I hope that the update above provides some reassurance and clarity about what happens next for your GCSEs although I understand you may be feeling unsettled. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mr Cormack: Richard.cormack@clf.uk or the Heads of House team: koaheadsofhouse@clf.uk