World Book Day – 1st March 2012


To celebrate World Book Day the English Department is planning to run a range of events to promote reading across the school and to raise funds for the school library.

The day itself will be a non uniform day with Year 7 and Sixth Form students also invited to dress as their favourite book character. If your son/ daughter wishes to come to school in non-uniform or in fancy dress it will cost £1 which will be payable on the school gate.

In addition to this an ‘Extreme Reading’ photograph competition is being organised. This involves students submitting photographs of themselves reading in a strange and unusual place. Prizes will be awarded for the most strange and unusual. If your son/ daughter wishes to enter all they need to do is hand their photograph to their English teacher or alternatively email it to Miss Templar on the following email address templark@ounsdale.staff.sch.uk by Monday 27th February. This is also open to members of staff and students will get the opportunity to vote for their favourite staff entry.

Other activities taking place on the day will involve guessing teachers’ favourite childhood books where students try to correctly match the member of staff to their favourite book from childhood. A team of students will also be filming and interviewing students to find out about their favourite books to create an ‘Ounsdale Reads’ movie which will be played on screens in the reception area.

In English Lessons students across the school will be taking part in a ‘Design Your Own Picture Book’ competition organised by Reading Zone with students getting the chance to have their picture book turned into a printed copy.

The English Department hope that they day’s events will help to promote the enjoyment of reading amongst students at Ounsdale and raise funds to help further stock and improve the school library.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Miss K Templar

Assistant Subject Leader for English

Emergency Closure Procedures


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, normally in liaison 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 school’s heating, lighting and water is working correctly
  • Whether catering can be provided
  • Availability of public transport and school coaches
  • Weather forecast

Should a decision be made to close the school due to dangerous weather conditions, this will be communicated via this website, via local radio (Beacon FM) and via a dedicated Staffordshire Council Council Website found HERE.

Free School Meals


Staffordshire County Council have launched a new website giving information regarding free school meals.

This can be viewed HERE.