Offa's Mead Academy is situated on the English side of Chepstow. It is under the authority of Gloucestershire education and has a catchment area covering Sedbury and the surrounds.
We have a dedicated team of staff who endeavour to give the next generation the best start in life.
The academy was built in 1967 and currently has 146 pupils on roll.
We always welcome new pupils. If your child is attending the academy for the first time (for example) Reception, we will offer "taster sessions" where he or she can come along and familiarise themselves with the surroundings. Similarly,we have dates where our Year 6 pupils will have sessions at a secondary school (for example Wyedean School) so they will be able to have a smooth transition between educational establishments. Should you have any questions about any of the above or would like to discuss any points further, please do not hesitate to contact the academy.
Care, Guidance and Support
Taking care of our children and encouraging them to develop a positive attitude is an essential element of the work we do at Offa’s Mead.
We value and respect the views of the children. The Pupil Ledership Team (PLT) give the children a voice to express their opinions and make decisions which affect the whole school. For example, choosing books to purchase after our fundraising.
We encourage our children to care for each other. Upper KS2 children are trained as Peer Mediators (who resolve any difficulties in the playground), Reception Buddies (to help the transition to ‘big’ school) and as Yellow Caps (who organise play and lunchtime games with our new equipment) We also encourage work across classes- writing for younger audiences and joining together for drama activities or to play Maths games.
We develop the whole child, including the use of the SEAL programme (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) to develop their emotional skills.
OFSTED 2014 stated- The academy’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. Pupils say that they feel very safe in the academy, and parents and carers who completed the online questionnaire or who spoke to the inspector agree. Pupils are prepared well for maintaining their personal safety both in and outside of the academy.
We are currently in the process of applying for the Inclusion Quality Mark award to celebrate our work in providing a fully inclusive learning community. Our established Nurture room runs for two days a week for pupils who require additional emotional, behavioural or social support. Counselling sessions are available for children and parents who need a trained professional to talk to, as well as access to our Family Support Worker Kate Evans.
OFSTED 2011 stated- pupils benefit from carefully tailored nurturing support in ‘The Cwtch’ and have become more confident and resilient as learners.
Our positive behaviour system uses a range of strategies, including our Ladder of Intervention. This has different levels.
Level 1 Non-verbal/ Praise
Level 2 Remind & Redirect
Level 3 Warning and Intervention
Level 4 Choices and Consequences.
We also use Golden Time on Friday Afternoons with fun activities as a reward as well as TEAM points to be collected to earn extra play. Classes can earn trophies for best attendance and the smartest line. Sanctions include loss of Golden Time, Chill out chair in class or time out in an other class where there is persistent unacceptable behaviour.