OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 141 - 18th October 2019

Issue 141 - 18th October 2019
Dear families and friends of OBA,

I feel proud and privileged to have been asked to lead OBA in this interim capacity and pledge my full commitment to all parents to uphold the academy’s values around “Nurture”, “Support” and “Excellence”. In the short term, I am very much focused on ensuring that the academy continues to be well led and managed and, having worked as a successful Headteacher and Executive Headteacher for over 15 years, I have a wealth of experience to draw on. This week, I have been out and about as much as possible and, whilst there is work to be done, my first impressions of the school have been very positive. I have introduced myself to all year groups in their assemblies this week which have been focused on Black History month and I have made a point of talking to as many students as possible. Staff have been extremely kind and supportive, enabling me to “hit the ground running” and the levels of student support have been exceptional. It is clear that we have a highly talented set of students and staff so my mission is clear….I want to harness all the energy in the academy and drive people on to simply be “the best they can be”. Even though this may be only a short term, interim measure, you can rest assured that I have the welfare of every student at heart. I will work tirelessly each day to ensure that each young person fulfils his or her potential and guarantee that the academy continues to work in close partnership with parents.
Have a great weekend!

Mr Tony Rawdin
Interim Principal

Saturday WOW days

Our popular WOW days are back! Students in Year 4, 5 and 6 are welcome to come along to any of the three exciting days on offer next half term!

Parents/Carers – please contact OBA reception to book your child a place.

Healthy Schools Award

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy are proud to share that we have recently been granted the Healthy Schools Award 2019 for our outstanding work to maintain the health and wellbeing of our academy family. 

Another Year of LAMDA Success

On Saturday 20th July 12 students from Years 7-11 sat their LAMDA examinations in Liverpool Masonic Hall. All students were awarded extremely high marks and all achieved either a merit or distinction grade. A massive 'well done' to all involved and thank you to all parents and carers for your continued support of the arts at OBA (see names below).

  • Georgia Murrell
  • Jessica Wales 
  • Yasmin Hamling 
  • Natalia Godden 
  • Niamh Watcham 
  • Nikita Shinnawie 
  • Nicole Bateman
  • Millie Bennett
  • Daniel Tringham
  • Evie Keowski 
  • Adon-Lee Shaw 
  • Libby Fell

Kops and Kids

Over the summer holidays, Runcorn Police partnered with a number of other agencies to deliver a ‘Kops and Kids’ community project. The scheme ran on two days each week all through the summer 9am -3pm and over 2,000 children attended from all over Runcorn.

We are really proud that one of our Year 10 students volunteered to help out. Matthew gave up his time to work with children of all ages and has since gained a national AQA accreditation for his efforts and dedication.

PC Ian Hampson commented that Matthew is a credit to OBA. 

We certainly think so – well done Matthew!

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry 

On Wednesday 18th September 38 Year 10 and 11 drama students travelled to The Lowry, Manchester along with Miss McKevitt and Mrs Musgrave to watch the critically acclaimed ‘A Taste of Honey’ by Shelagh Delaney. 

Miss McKevitt, Drama Teacher and Assistant Head of Year 9 said:

All students were extremely well behaved and enjoyed the performance thoroughly.

Students will now have to review the performance as one of the requirements of their GCSE exam.

Open Evening 2019

On Wednesday 25th September OBA enjoyed meeting hundreds of prospective new students and their families at one of our busiest open events to date.

Pupils in Year 5 and 6 received a welcome pack on arrival which contained the academy’s brand-new prospectus alongside some fun OBA branded goodies.  

Parents and children attended a talk by Mr Wright and/or spent time looking around the academy and talking to our many student helpers and staff.

Our Year 8 and 9 students did a fabulous job of being ‘tour guides’ with many parents going out of their way on the evening to complement our young people on being a credit to the academy.

Activities around the academy included following the yellow brick road ‘treasure hunt’ in English, flame tests and alien chromatography in Science, clay work in Art, magic in Maths, a History murder mystery, microbits in ICT and an earthquake-proof building simulator in Geography! 


Guests in Mr Wright’s speech were treated to an energetic scene from our upcoming school show ‘School of Rock’ and also heard personal stories from three very brave Year 7 students about how they have settled into life at OBA.


We welcome anyone thinking of OBA as a choice of secondary school who missed the event to come and have a look around. Guided tours can be made by appointment with Mrs Snagg, Director of Transition and KS3 Culture.  Please contact our academy reception on 01928 711643 for more information.

Friendship Conference

On Monday 23rd September 2019, OBA hosted its inaugural Friendship Conference. During the day, all Year 7 students worked together to complete activities based on friendship, kindness, and bullying. The activities centred on our definition of friendship and what it means to us as the OBA Family.

Also, students looked at ways that we as members of the OBA Family can combat bullying. All students now know that they should ‘See it- Say it- Stop it’ and be an Upstander. 

Our Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors helped out during the day, and will continue to support the Year 7 students during the course of the year. It was fantastic to see our older students helping out younger members of the OBA Family. 

Miss Roberts, Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator, said

It was such a wonderful event to lead on. All students thoroughly enjoyed their time at the Friendship Conference and all in all it was a very successful event. It has been great to see students promoting ‘See it-Say it-Stop it!’ as an approach to tackling bullying. Another lovely part of the event was the thank you postcards that all students wrote to their friends, teachers, parents and carers. The whole event was designed to bring together the year group as we are one team: one family! Well done, Year 7 and the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. 

Almost £1 Million Spent on Improving Facilities at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy

A joint venture between OBA and its sponsors Ormiston Academies Trust has seen large amounts of cash poured in to extending and upgrading the Barnfield Avenue school.

The building work which has taken place over the last 12 months has further improved the academy environment for all students. The creation of two new state-of-the-art science labs, three new classrooms, a purpose-built Sixth Form Study Centre and a fully refurbished Sixth Form common room, alongside an extension to the school’s existing dining room has allowed the academy to comfortably accommodate it’s growing student body.

OBA has seen a steady increase in pupil numbers in recent years from 600 students in 2010 when the academy first opened, to it’s current on roll figure of almost 1200 young people.

The popular secondary school has now been oversubscribed for 3 consecutive years and staff, governors and parents at OBA are delighted that this renovation and extension work will enable all its students to continue to learn in first-class facilities. 

Mr Scott Fenner, Head of Sixth Form said:

The study room has provided a quiet working area where students can work independently or one-to-one with staff to revise or complete coursework requirements. They have access to laptops and PCs and a range of next steps information, including UCAS to support future destinations.  I am pleased to see so many students taking advantage of the facility to support their academic progress. In contrast, the common room provides the opportunity for students to socialise with one another in a more relaxed environment with a cafe, lunch servery, vending machines and comfortable seating and it is encouraging to see students with different interests interacting so positively.  

“School of Rock – The Musical” is in full swing...

Rehearsals for our annual school production are well underway as we embark on our fifth week of rehearsals. All characters have been cast, set has been ordered and costumes are beginning to arrive. During open evening on Wednesday 25th September Year 5/6 students as well as parents/carers were treated to a little snippet of the energetic rock number ‘Stick it to the Man’ from the first act of the show, which the cast has been working on during rehearsals after school every Tuesday – Thursday for the past three weeks. Their energy and professionalism did not go unnoticed as our visitors congratulated them on what they had achieved in such a short space of time. 

We currently have a cast and technical crew of over 50 students from Year 7 – Year 13 but if there are any current OBA students that would be interested in joining they are more than welcome to come to rehearsals Tuesday – Thursday in the main assembly hall from 3pm onwards. 

Please see Miss McKevitt for more information.

Show dates are as follows: Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th December 2019 at 7.30pm sharp in Main Assembly Hall. Tickets will go on sale mid/end November so keep your eyes and ears peeled for more info! 

The Performing Arts Team welcomes you!  

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy presents…

A School production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd.

Based on the Paramount movie written by Mike White

Book by Julian Fellowes Lyrics by Glenn Slater Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th December 2019

Tickets will go on Sale mid/end November 2019 

Keep up to date with all rehearsal and show updates via Instagram @OBAdrama /@OBAdance 

7B Enjoy an Attendance Celebration Breakfast Reward

As a result of 7B achieving over the 98% Academy target in their first 4 weeks at OBA, the whole form group were treated to a celebration breakfast during tutor time in the school canteen.

Year Leader, Miss Cathcart said:

It really goes to show their commitment, dedication and resilience in making sure they are in every day, on time – keep up the hard work!

7H are Rewarded for Embracing The OBA Way

7H have had a super start to Year 7 and we are so pleased the entire form have had excellent lesson scores for their first 4 weeks in the Academy.  

Year Leader, Miss Cathcart said:

They, and their families, should be so proud of all their hard work and commitment shown so far – we certainly are!

European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages is celebrated on 26th September every year. This year, our Year 7 students have had special lessons throughout the week to celebrate the fact that there are over 6000 languages spoken around the world. Some of our older students volunteered to take on the role of the teacher and share some facts and stories about different languages and countries that are important to them. Our student teachers taught the Year 7s how to count to 10 in Arabic and Italian, as well as sharing some interesting facts and stories about Egypt, Germany, Greece and South Africa. 

Thank you and well done to all our student teachers:

  • Brandon-Lee Barton, Y11 
  • Engy Hamido Desouki, Y11 
  • Fares Souther, Y10 
  • Alexander Pantazides, Y10 
  • Caylin D’Oliveira, Y10 
  • Dominique D’Oliveira, Y8 

MP Visits OBA

Mike Amesbury recently visited OBA to congratulate the school on another fantastic year. He took a tour of the academy to view our new facilities and visited classes, discussing current affairs in relation to Brexit. Mike also offered his full support to the school for another busy year ahead. 

Elevate to Success!

Earlier this term we welcomed Elevate Education in to do a workshop seminar with Year 11 students. The focus of the workshop was looking at the most effective way to study as they start their preparations for GCSE exams. Noah Ottman engaged students to think about how less can be more when it comes to studying effectively looking at different strategies to achieve success. Top tips included using the approach of ‘Learn, Master, Create’ to help build their memory recall using methods like trigger words to recall topics and notes, past papers and referring to syllabuses for the different exam boards in their various subjects. Students actively got involved and most felt the session beneficial. 

Miss Dutton, Head of Year 11 commented that students will now follow up this workshop working with their Form Tutors to look at some post-workshop resources that were provided to OBA.

Students were also directed to the Elevate Education website to access further support and guidance resources which students can explore themselves. For further information see

Summer 2020 Work Experience Launch Evenings

Following the very successful Work Experience weeks for Year 10 and Year 12 last June and July, Careers Leader Mrs Oulton, along with members of the MPLOY Solutions team, held two different Parents’ Evenings recently to launch this very important part of the Careers Curriculum.


Work Experience for all students in both year groups is now entering its third year at OBA, so parents/carers and students gathered to meet the team involved in the planning process and some of the key staff who will be supporting students during this very valuable experience.

These evenings will be followed up with many planning sessions in assemblies and tutor sessions, along with 1:1 support provided by the Careers Leader, the Careers Adviser and the Year Teams. This will ensure that the students are well-prepared to go out into the world of work on placements across the region. 

Students Work Their Socks Off and Achieve Huge Success

The vast range of placements last summer was very impressive and saw students working in Runcorn, Widnes, Frodsham, Liverpool, Warrington, Northwich, North Wales or even further afield.  Placements ranged from working in small, one-person businesses to working with very well-known, local, regional and national companies.

Students found this to be an exceptionally valuable and enjoyable experience which developed their confidence, self-belief and understanding of the differences between life in school and the reality of the workplace. The enthusiasm and buzz of excitement evident across both year groups, upon their return to school, was evidence of the very positive week that the students had in the ‘big wide world of work’. In many cases this experience confirmed a student’s interest in pursuing a particular career, in some cases, it opened students’ eyes to careers they hadn’t considered, whereas for others, despite the fact that they learnt a lot from the experience, they realised that a particular career that they had wanted to find out more about was not for them in the future.

Sheena Oulton, Assistant Principal and Careers Leader at OBA, said:

This experience gave our students the opportunity to see a work environment first-hand, observe work processes behind the scenes and talk to staff about their roles.  Students focused on understanding and developing transferable, employability skills such as teamwork, resilience, working to deadlines and interpersonal skills, by completing real tasks in the workplace; many in Year 12 focused on a placement closely aligned to their study programmes.  I was really impressed with some students in both years who chose to source their own placement, without the help of school or parents; they were extremely active participants in the process and demonstrated initiative and mature communication skills.

Employers also provided valuable feedback about how well students had performed. Some students, in both year groups, secured a part-time job, or a promise of one in the future at the end of their placement and some also received gift vouchers or money/tips for the excellence they had displayed during the week!

So, we now look forward to this year’s students in Year 10 and Year 12 using the rest of this half-term to source a placement for themselves, thereby starting on the first rung of their career ladder and their journey to a successful and happy career.

Following the details talked through in the Launch Evenings, if there are any parents/carers or students who need any further support in this process, please speak to Mrs Oulton in school or email her on and she will respond as soon as possible.

Please see the Careers section of our website for the presentation that was shared at our recent launch evenings. It would worth pointing out that the first two slides have the specific dates for each year group, so you don’t arrange something for the incorrect dates.

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