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, and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. 

FAQs

Will there be transport between the temporary and new school sites?

We are assessing the need to ensure viability but we hope to provide free or subsidised return travel:

  • From the permanent Oasis Academy Leesbrook site* (off Lees Road, former Breeze Hill site) to the temporary site on Middleton Road, each day.
  • From September 2020, when we will move to our permanent site, we will provide return transportation for those children who attended the Middleton Road site and live in the surrounding area, to the permanent site, each day.*subject to planning permission

My child will start Year 9, 10 or 11 in September 2018, can we apply for a place?

The school will open in September 2018 with Years 7 & 8 and will grow year on year so in September 2019 we will have Years 7,8,9. September 2020 Years 7,8,9,10 and in September 2021 we will have Years 7-11. 

What will the plans for the new site look like?

The Department of Education are currently in the process of working through the early design stages for the site and the building before any designs are ready for public consultation ahead of submission for planning approval. The planning consent process will require transport surveys and studies to inform the design, which will also include access proposals, at this early stage these aspects have not been commenced.

The design is led by the Department of Education (ESFA) on behalf of Oasis, but we are all working closely with Oldham Borough Council in bring forward an exciting new school for the community.

Design proposals for public consultation ahead of planning will be shared normally through local community forums where we can meet and discuss questions, concerns and get the communities feedback to inform design, all before the planning consent is submitted for Oldham Council to consider. We will signpost the dates, venue(s) and arrangement for these in due course here on our website.

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 too unwell to come into school you must notify the academy office as soon as you can by calling 0161 290 4000, option 1. Student absences are recorded and on return we expect a letter of explanation. 

You must contact the academy each day that your child is unwell. 

If you child becomes sick during the school day, they will be instructed to visit the school nurse who will assess the extent of the illness and call appropriate parents/carers. 

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.  

What will be your catchment area?

The school's admissions policy does not have a catchment area as such. Please read our Admissions Policy for more information.

What is your Ofsted grade?

As we are new school we haven't had an Ofsted inspection yet. We will have one within our first 3 years of being open.

What do I do about parking?

An agreement has been put in place with Oasis Academy Leesbrook and the car parking providers of Bloom Street car park, which will enable you to use this car park to drop off and collect your child, at no cost to you.

Please note that this agreement will only apply Monday – Friday during the school terms.

Agreed drop off and pick up times are:

Day Drop Off Times Collection Times
Monday 7.30am – 8.30am 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Tuesday 7.30am – 8.30am 2.45pm – 3.15pm
Wednesday 7.30am – 8.30am 2.45pm – 3.15pm
Thursday 7.30am – 8.30am 2.45pm – 3.15pm
Friday 7.30am – 8.30am 2.15pm – 2.45pm

 

The car park is directly opposite the Academy and can be accessed from Booth Street via Middleton Road or from Bloom Street via Manchester Road.  Please note, the road outside the Academy (Middleton Road) is very busy so we would ask that you remind your child to exercise caution when crossing before and after school.

How do detentions work at Leesbrook?

We have authority to issue same day detentions/corrections for 30 minutes. Please download the ClassCharts App to receive a notification.

What is your mobile phone policy?

No mobile phones out in the Academy. May be switched off and in bag. If they are found they will be confiscated and parents will collect at a time that is convenient for the school.