End of Term Newsletter

On behalf of the staff and Governors we would like to wish students, parents and friends of the school a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We have produced our first e-newsletter, which replaces the traditional end of term Principal’s letter, which we hope you will enjoy.

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Ounsdale at Parliament

On Monday 10th December, Y12 & 13 Politics students visited Parliament. They began by having a question and answer session with the Rt. Hon. Gavin Williamson, the MP for South Staffordshire. The students asked some very challenging question which he answered honestly and with good humour. This was followed by a quick tour of Parliament, before the students went to watch a live debate in the House of Commons chamber. This was an invaluable experience which the students really enjoyed. Thanks to Gavin Williamson for arranging this for us!

Budding Business Students Captivate Customers

This Saturday, Ounsdale students wowed the people of Wolverhampton with their entrepreneurial talents at the Young Enterprise Trade Fair. The customers of the Mander Centre were impressed with our slick sixth formers’ professional party bag service, with many registering their interest. Meanwhile, demand was extremely high for the creative and original products offered by Captivate, our Year 10 company. Selling unique and original products made out of recycled bottles tops, they managed to sell a staggering £105 worth of goods. No doubt both groups will have made a positive impression on the judges in readiness for coming events in 2013.

Emergency School Closure Procedures : December 2012

How is the decision to close a school made?

Unlike some authorities, Staffordshire does not make a blanket decision to close all schools due to inclement weather.

The decision to close a school is made by the Principal in agreement with the Chair of Governors. They have to determine whether children and staff can travel safely to and from school and if the site will remain safe throughout the day.

To do this a risk assessment is conducted taking into account a range of factors including:

  • State of pathways, steps and slopes around the school
  • Condition of roads and pathways in the local area
  • If the schools heating, lighting and water is working correctly
  • Whether catering can be provided
  • Availability of public transport and school coaches
  • Weather forecast

It is recommended that a decision to close school is made as early as possible, in order to inform parents/carers.

Schools may also need to close due to other unforeseen circumstances such as heating failure, burst water pipe, etc.

New Process for Informing Parents

From November 2012 Staffordshire County Council new process has been introduced to publicise school closures.  This new process allows schools to update the county council’s web site in real time, allowing parents to get up to date information on their child’s school in the quickest way possible.  In addition, a smart phone version of the school closure list is also available for any parents on the move or without PC access. www.staffordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures

School Process for Informing Parents and Carers

We will inform parents/carers at the earliest opportunity using the following:

  • The school text messaging service “Teachers2Parents”
  • Announcement on radio Free Radio (97.2 FM)
  • Message on school website
  • Message on school answer phone

OHS presents Annie

Ounsdale High School presents Annie

Wednesday 5th December
Thursday 6th December
Friday 7th December

Adults – £5.00
Concessions – £3.00

Tickets sold at break time & lunchtime in the reception

Tickets will also be sold on the door each evening of the production