Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

FAQs

Here you can find out most frequently asked questions from current and prospective parents/carers.

If the answer to your question isn't on our website or on this list, please feel free to contact us using the form, and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. 

FAQs

What can/can't my child bring to school?

We do not allow children to bring toys, games or mobile phones with them to the academy.  Such items will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day.

How do I pay for school lunches?

Oasis Academy Byron uses ParentPay as the method of payment for a wide range of services at the Academy including lunches, trips and events, and wrap around care services.

ParentPay offers you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available. We hope that everyone will benefit considerably from this facility.

Find out more here.

What percentage of your students are selected on the basis of faith or ability?

None at all.  All places at the Academy will be free and available to the local community within an admission policy that mirrors the admissions arrangements for other local community schools.  Students will be accepted irrespective of ability or faith

Are Oasis Academies faith schools?

Staff and students of all faiths are welcome to be part of each Oasis Academy and faith is not a factor in the admissions criteria for the school.  The academies are 'schools of religious character' in order to enable Oasis' ethos of inclusion, which is grounded on the Christian faith, to be prominent in the school's character.

Who funds academies?

Academies are publicly funded independent schools.  The majority of the funding comes direct from central government.  The  Education Funding Agency  (formerly the YPLA)  will fund the annual running costs of the academies via a grant each academic year.  The sponsor has responsibility for the day to day running of the academy.  Oasis academies are sponsored by Oasis Community Learning, an exempt charity.

What is an academy?

Academies are state-funded independent schools and in many cases, join an academy network or family.  

What do I do if my child is sick?

If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please contact the academy office before 8.45am.  If your child is unwell for consecutive days, please contact the academy on each day that they are unable to attend.

Can my child wear jewellery and accessories?

No jewellery should be worn apart from small stud-type earrings.  Small discrete watches may be worn.  Any religious jewellery should be worn beneath clothing.

Does my child have to wear school uniform?

We strongly believe in the importance of school uniform as we believe it helps create a strong sense of identity and unity.  As such it is compulsory that it is worn at all times of the school day.  

How can I get hold of my child's class teacher?

In the first instance, please contact the school office who will direct you as necessary.

What wrap around care do you offer?

Oasis Academy Byron is pleased to be able to offer wrap around care through provision of a breakfast club and Oasis Academy Byron’s Children’s Centre.

Breakfast Club
Opens from 8:00am and does not have to be pre-booked.  At 8:50am Key Stage 2 children are sent to their classrooms independently and Key Stage 1 and Reception children are taken to their classrooms.

The doors are open at 8.45am for the children to go directly into their classrooms and we ask that children do not arrive before this time and be left unsupervised in the playground. Key Stage 1 and Reception children must be taken to their classrooms and collected from the classrooms at the end of the day by named adults.

Children’s Centre
The Academy works very closely with our onsite Children’s Centre. The Children’s Centre is open 49 weeks of the year including all school holidays except Christmas. Families are able to use the facilities of both the Academy and the Children’s Centre and this shared approach benefits and improves outcomes for our families.

What is your parental feedback procedure?

If you have a complaint about any aspect of the Academy, please contact the main office where we will talk you through the relevant procedure.