It’s crucial that primary school children find the right school to progress on to to help them with their next steps in their learning journey. Finding the best fit for their future is an important decision, and something that E-ACT Oldham Academy North understands can be a difficult one.
There’s lots to take into consideration, the subjects, support, facilities and extra-curricular agenda on offer – but what often rings most important is evidence of the results and outcomes from students.
This summer, E-ACT Oldham Academy North saw its 2022 GCSE students achieving the very best results the academy had ever seen. More than one in three students achieved grade 7s in all subjects, with 141 grade 9s on the books too.
For those taking the huge leap into secondary education, the academy hopes to make the transition from Year Six to Year Seven as smooth as possible by offering an opportunity for prospective students to have early exposure to the academy life.
E-ACT Oldham Academy North is hosting an open evening on Thursday, September 15, from 3pm until 6pm for Years Four, Five and Six. The evening will offer children and their parents or guardians the opportunity to experience the facilities first-hand; learn about the array of subjects on offer; watch a presentation by SLT; have the chance to speak to all of the teaching staff and meet the headteacher; and find out about the ethos and mission behind the academy.
Headteacher Rachael Hallam expressed her excitement at the prospect of new students choosing the academy as their next place to learn, explaining that she hopes they find the institution an inclusive and inspiring place.
“As the headteacher, I have a passionate belief that every student, no matter who they are or where they are from, deserves the very best education in order for them to follow their aspirations and goals. At E-ACT Oldham Academy North, we support everyone to achieve the very best so that this becomes a reality,” she said.
“We are very proud of our students’ achievements; we celebrate successes and we reward students for making progress, having great attendance and going above and beyond our high expectations. I make no apologies for our relentless focus on having the highest standards in all aspects of Academy life, and we expect the very best from all staff and students.”
The open evening in September will allow the academy, which was rated Good in its most recent Ofsted report, to showcase its facilities, which include a number of updated ICT suites, a lecture theatre and brand new facilities for sports, music, drama and art.
E-ACT Oldham Academy North believes that while students’ success is about achieving the best academic results possible, learning is so much more complex and nuanced than that. It believes that its varied curriculum will have something for everyone to enjoy, with it being designed around core principles to ensure that students can successfully experience a wide range of subjects throughout KS3 before making informed choices about their GCSE studies.
Rachael Hallam added: “We believe that every student should have access to the English Baccalaureate at GCSE as these qualifications allow for more opportunities when they leave us. We strive to make sure that every child will be successful in the challenging and competitive world around us; they are provided with opportunities to add to their cultural capital, pursue their interests, and achieve their ambitions.”
E-ACT Oldham Academy North is also one of the only academies in the country to offer a two-day transition for every Year Six student so that they can meet a wide range of staff and their form tutors who will welcome them to the academy. In addition to this they have a parent welcome evening too, so parents of Year Six students can see where their child will be carrying on their education. Further to this, the Year Seven team visits lots of primary schools throughout the year so all students have familiar friendly faces who can help them settle in.
The open evening has been organised so that children and families can get the most out of the evening, with free ice creams and food provisions provided by Aspens available. Plus, Fred the Red from the Manchester United Foundation will also be on site to excite the kids.
For those who cannot attend the open evening, the academy is offering an interactive virtual tour. The tour gives a 360-degree view of the academy and the interactive links present videos, documents and images from each subject or area.
If you can attend in person, Rachael Hallam and the rest of the teaching staff are eager to welcome students to access their potential, and find out more about shaping their future at E-ACT Oldham Academy North.
E-ACT Oldham Academy North’s open day is taking place Thursday, September 15, from 3pm until 6pm.
For more information, visit the website here.