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Urgent action required…


home-school-travel-passParents are reminded that a travel pass is now required for all pupils who wish to make use of the home to school coach service.

Friday the 16th September will be the last day pupils will be allowed to travel without presenting a valid travel pass.

We currently have only a small number of tickets remaining for this term and these will be supplied on a first come first served basis. Therefore if your child requires a travel pass your urgent action is required to avoid disappointment.

 To order your home / school travel pass

Passes can be purchased on-line by clicking here.

Alternatively, passes can be ordered via the school finance office on 01902 551589 and arrangements can be made to pay in installments via ParentPay.

If you have any queries regarding this letter or need assistance please feel free to contact the finance office using the number above.


Yours faithfully



Simon Williams
Academy Business Manager

Moving to a cashless environment within school

Mandatory Requirement for all parents.


parent-pay-round-logoAs you will be aware, via the introduction of ParentPay, we have extended the choice of payment methods parents can use to pay for additional items such as school meals, uniform, travel expenses etc. This introduction has proven popular with parents and the feedback we have received suggests that most parents find this a more convenient way to pay.
We are now in a position where the majority of transactions are received through ParentPay and the amount of students paying for school meals with cash via our automated money collection machines is reducing.

The introduction of new £5 and £10 polymere banknotes has forced us to review our existing infrastructure as our current money collection machines will not accept this new type of banknote. To upgrade our systems would require significant investment, using money that we would prefer to spend on educating our pupils.

Having reviewed various options, we have come to the decision that it is now necessary that we ask all parents who are still providing cash to their children to pay for school meals, to now switch to using ParentPay.

This does note mean that you can no longer use cash to make payments…

paypoint-logoOpening a ParentPay account is free of charge and is easy to set up. ParentPay offers a range of payment methods including debit card, credit card, pre-paid cards and also cash.
For parents who prefer to pay by cash, we can arrange for a PayPoint card to be issued that will link to your ParentPay account. This will enable cash payments to be made through the PayPoint retailer network.

Letters will be sent out today to all parents who are not currently registered with ParentPay. This letter will include a unique user code and password that will enable you to set up your account via visiting www.parentpay.com.

If you do not have access to the internet or would prefer to use a PayPoint card, please contact our Finance Team for assistance on 01902 551589.

We believe these changes will not only enable us to operate more efficiently, they will also offer an improved parent and pupil experience and safer school environment.

Yours faithfully

Mr. S Williams
Academy Business Manager

Zoo Nation Dance Project

Fourteen of our gifted and talented students in dance have been working on a project with The Grand Theatre and London based hip hop dance company Zoo Nation. Since September they have been training twice a week with professional choreographer and dancer Nathan Marsh on a dance based on a twisted version of Humpty Dumpty. They then performed this at The Grand Theatre in a professional show alongside 11 other schools in the Black Country. From this, students will be chosen from each school as stand out talent and will train with Zoo Nation over February half term on a new dance for a curtain raiser at the end of February when Zoo Nation tour their show ‘Into the Hoods’ to Wolverhampton. We also entered the Great Big Dance Off which is a national competition and came 1st in the Regional Heat for the West Midlands and are now in the finals in July competing against the rest of the qualifiers from the UK.

Students: Xsia Blair, Keviann Dawkins, Mya Wright, Malcolm Kimani, Jasmine Brissett, Aaliyah Brooks, Aleasha Brooks, Shannon Gray, Sarah Lucy Allen, Tanisha Haughton, Beth Henry, Chris Otim, Chido Mhondiwa and Diana Maruta.

OLSC Dance Project 1

Click, shop and give for free

To help raise valuable funds needed to support school activities, Our Lady & St Chad Catholic Academy have joined TheGivingMachine, a fundraising website that will allow you to generate cash donations without it costing you a penny. There are over 8000 schools & charities taking part in this program, with the successful causes raising £1,000’s every year at no extra cost to their supporters!

TheGivingMachine.co.uk is a UK registered charity, whose sole aim is to facilitate raising money for UK charitable causes and schools. By shopping online via TheGivingMachine at your favourite shops will generate a free cash donation with every single purchase. With stores like Amazon, Ebay, M&S, NEXT, Tesco, Sainsbury and John Lewis taking part, you are bound to find what you want from your favourite shops at TheGivingMachine.

Please join our new giving community by visiting www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk and join to support Our Lady & St Chad Catholic Academy; it’s quick and simple to sign up and start giving for free.

It really is as simple as that. Please ensure you don’t miss this opportunity to give while you are shopping and help spread the word to raise as much as we can from this amazing program. Your help will make a difference.

Many thanks for your support.

Information Evening

Year 10 are now one year away from completing their GCSE examinations. At a time when an increasing amount of the GCSE content is similar to AS Level, it is essential that all Year 10 students are revising at home to secure their very best grades in readiness for Year 11. Your son/daughter has Pre-Public Examinations during the weeks beginning 1st February and 9th February 2016 and have probably already begun to prepare for these at home.

The Academy would like to invite all parents/carers to attend an Information Evening on Tuesday 19th January 2016 at 4:00pm in the Performing Arts Centre at Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy.

During this evening, the Academy will:

  • Update parents on assessment methods
  • Provide revision resources for all attendees
  • Share Parental/Carer Communication methods

Strategic Leaders and the Year 10 Team will also be available should you wish to discuss anything further with us.

ParentPay – An easier way to pay

We have recently introduced an easy and convenient service allowing parents and guardians to make payments direct to school via a secure web portal operated by ParentPay.com. The facility enables payments to be made on-line via debit or credit card or by a PayPoint card at various retail outlets.

By offering a greater choice of payment methods, our aim is not only to make it more convenient to make payments to school, it will also to help us reduce the risks associated with cash being carried to school by pupils.

We are currently in the process of phasing in this service and letters are being sent out to parents and guardians over the next few weeks with details of how to enrol.

Please keep a look out for your letter as this will contain a unique username and password that will enable you to activate your account. If you need assistance when you receive your letter, our friendly finance staff can be contacted on 01902 551589 and will be happy to help you get started.