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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Frequently Asked Questions

Year 6 Into Year 7 Transition:

  • How long is the school day?
    • The school day starts at 8:25 and finishes at 3:00.
  • How long are lessons?
    • All lessons are one hour long.
  • How many lessons are there?
    • There are five lessons in each day.
  • Can I ride my bike to school?
    • You can ride your bike to school. There are bike stands to put them in but the school will not accept responsibility for your bike.
  • How will I find my way around the Academy?
    • When starting at the school all young people will be given a map, however you will find very quickly that you start to remember your way around.
  • What lessons will I have at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey?
    • Many of the lessons that you’ve had at primary school will be continued, such as Maths, English and Science. You will also do Humanities, which is Geography and History.  You will do General Studies (Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education) and you will do Art, Drama, Music and Technology - all students also study a language, which is French.
  • What are the older students like?
    • Many of our older students are very supportive of our younger students and will approach to help them find their way. You will wear a different tie to everybody else so that you can be identified very quickly and people will help you. A number of older students are Student Ambassadors.
  • How long is lunchtime?
    • Lunch is 45 minutes from 1:15 to 2:00. Year 7 start lunch 15 minutes after of the rest of the school and this allows them to have the refectory to themselves.
  • What kind of food is there in the café?
    • If you asked many students they will say that the best thing about OAIOS is the food. The school canteen serves a wide variety of food catering for everyone, including pizzas, pasta bowls and there is also a salad bar, baguettes, sandwiches, a daily main meal and many desserts such as muffins.
  • How do I pay for my lunch?
    • All students have their biometrics taken using fingerprints. Our canteen is a cashless outlet and students bring money into school and put it on their account. When you get up to the till you choose your food, use your fingerprint to access your account and the amount is deducted.
  • When do I find out who my mentor is?
    • Organising the groups is a very complex job but we hope to let you know who your mentor is by the end of June or early July.
  • When do I find out who is going to be in my mentor group?
    • On your first day at OAIOS you will meet the other people in your mentor group. You will also meet your mentor and spend time getting to know them.
  • Am I allowed to wear jewellery?
    • The only jewellery permitted at OAIOS is a watch and one earring in each ear. These must be small and discreet studs only.
  • Am I allowed to wear my hair down?
    • You may wear your hair down at OAIOS but you should always have a hair tie with you for when you have practical lessons such as PE, Technology and Science.
  • Can girls wear trousers?
    • Our uniform at Isle of Sheppey Academy is unisex and therefore girls can choose to wear trousers.
  • What do I need to bring on my first day?
    • On your first day you will need to bring equipment from the equipment list and packed lunch or money to buy food at the canteen. You will NOT need your PE kit on the first day.
  • What if I get lost on my way to lessons?
    • Just ask someone. Whether that is a student or member of staff there are always many people to ask.  They will help you. All staff can be identified by the OAIOS lanyard that they wear around their neck.
  • What if I get bullied at school?
    • If a member of our community behaves in an inappropriate way to you it is really important that you tell somebody, whether that is a friend, parents/carers, your mentor, Head of Year. You must tell somebody to enable them to deal with it for you.
  • What do I do if I’m not feeling very well?
    • If you’re feeling unwell during the school day you must report to the medical room located in Student Support. If the member of staff in the medical room feels that you need to go home they will contact your parents or carers.
  • How many students are at OAIOS?
    • In your year group there will be approximately 300 students. There are around 1300 students across the school in Years 7 – 13.
  • How much homework will I get? 
    • You will receive homework in all subjects. You should spend around 30 minutes per piece of homework.
  • How do I find out what my homework is?
    • We can use an app called Show My Homework and all of your teachers will post your homework on this site. The homework is a mixture of online tasks, paper-based tasks and longer-term projects.
  • How long do I get to complete my homework?
    • In the majority of cases you get one week to complete your homework. Staff will always give a minimum of two school days for homework to be completed.
  • What happens if I don’t do my homework?
    • Homework is one of the big expectations at OAIOS and all students are expected to complete the homework. If homework is not completed you will be invited to attend after school homework club. If homework continues to not be completed you will be given detentions after school.
  • Who do I speak to if I can’t do my homework?
    • If you cannot do your homework you need to speak to your subject teacher. You can choose to speak to them at the end of the lesson, during break or lunch times or you can email them. This must be done in good time before the homework is due to give you the opportunity to complete the homework after you have spoken to your teacher before the deadline.
  • What clubs are there?
    • There are many different clubs and activities on offer at Isle of Sheppey Academy, including a wide range of sports, such as football, hockey, netball, basketball, and others, such as a debating society, horticulture club and many more.