Updates from Ray Lawrence, Headteacher

16th November 2018

Here is a copy of the letter sent out to all parents/ carers and students today regarding the personalised learning and activity plans which will launch next week:

Dear parent/carer,

As you will be aware significant refurbishment works have been taking place at our academy building since June. I am delighted to be able to announce that the first phase of the refurbishment of our building is nearing completion. This means that staff and students will soon be able to settle into their new classrooms and use the new facilities in the completed part of the building.

To allow our building contractors to complete the first phase of planned works needed at the academy and to minimize any disruption caused to students by building works, we have prepared personalised learning and activity plans for the remainder of this Autumn term.

Each student and their parent/carer will receive a new personalised learning plan shortly. You will also receive a call from your child’s tutor to discuss and explain their new timetable and the academy to answer any questions you may have. The new timetable in your child’s personalised plan will begin on Tuesday 20th November 2018.

The new activity and learning plans will allow students to continue to access focused small group learning (including core subjects such as Maths, English, PE and Art) with their teachers in part of our current academy building in Hornchurch, as well as timetabled sessions at other locations –

  • At our academy in Tilbury, Thurrock which has extensive state-of-the-art facilities (OA-Hv students will be accompanied by their current teachers and tutors). These will be ‘twilight sessions’ held 3pm – 6pm.
  • At the YMCA in Romford where students will receive specialist sports coaching including use of the gym and climbing wall and kickboxing training. Students will also be able to use the classroom at the YMCA for PSHE classes, delivered by your child’s current teachers.
  • At Grangewaters Education Centre where students to access outdoor learning activities including Mountain biking, Climbing and Team Building.

All transport to and from the off site venues will be by taxi provided by us. Our staff will accompany students at all times.

Hot food will be provided on our Havering and YMCA days. A packed lunch will be provided on Grangewater days. Snacks will be provided on Olive AP Academy – Thurrock days.

In order to allow academy staff to prepare the newly refurbished OA-Hv classrooms and facilities for students we will need to close the academy to students for three special INSET days at the end of term. This means that the last day for students this term will now be Friday 14th December 2018. We also have a staff training day (INSET) booked for Monday 7th January 2019. We will be ready and looking forward to welcoming back all our students on Tuesday 8th January 2018. I will be in touch soon to discuss plans for that first day of term.

All Olive AP Academy Havering staff and our building contractors are working hard to make this transition to the new part of our building as stress-free as possible for everyone. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Please do not hesitate to contact me via the academy office if you have any queries or concerns.

Yours faithfully

Ray Lawrence, Headteacher


12th November 2018

One of our former pupils, Nicole Townley White, returned to the academy last week to meet with current staff and students. Her story was truly inspiring. After leaving the academy she went on to study for a degree in Law and she now works for Apple. We are so proud of her achievements and admire her determination. Her ambition was infectious – her visit gave our students encouragement to continue with their studies and the courage to make their dreams a reality.


18th October 2018

Here are the latest photos showing how the major refurbishment work here at the academy is coming on. Phase one of the planned works, with a first set of much larger, lighter new classrooms completed and newly furnished, will be ready for staff and students to use in January 2018. I wanted to thank everyone – staff, students and our visitors –  for their patience and understanding during the building works. Once finished our academy’s new facilities will give our students a range of fantastic new learning opportunities and a learning environment we can all be proud of.


25th September 2018

New for this academic year, OA-Hv students have been enjoying their weekly outdoor learning sessions at Grangewaters education centre.

Our outdoor learning curriculum helps our students to increase their resilience, improve their confidence and develop their relationships with others.

Here are a couple of photos of outdoor learning in action from last week.


13th September 2018

Here are the plans from our architects for the academy refurbishment. Building works are going well and completion is set for Spring 2018.

Architect’s impression of the new entrance to the academy

Architect’s plans for refurbishment and new facilities at the academy


6th September 2018

We are proud of our Year 11 leavers at Olive AP Academy – Havering who achieved some excellent results in their GCSE (or equivalent) exams this year, outperforming last years cohort in all areas.

The percentage of students achieving a formal accreditation this year has improved, (2016/17-75%, 2017/18-83%) as has the percentage of students achieving at least a grade 1 (or equivalent) in English and Maths (2016/17 – 63%, 2017/18- 71%).

It was also pleasing to see more students achieving higher grades in English and Maths compared to last year. For example students achieving a grade 4 or higher in Maths rose from 0% in 2016/17 to 25% in 2017/18.

We wish all our Year 11 leavers the very best for the future as they move on to college and apprenticeships. We look forward to hearing all about what they go on to achieve. We will miss them.


2nd September 2018

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to the academy tomorrow, Wednesday 5th September, for the start of the new academic year. Refurbishment work has continued at the academy during the summer holidays. We are working with the contractors to ensure that our staff and students are not disrupted during the works and we look forward to the opening of the new facilities in the Spring.



18th July 2018

As we head towards the end of the academic year the current refurbishment work at our academy is progressing at quite a pace. The work on Phase 1 which includes the creation of 7 new classrooms, new reception area, administration offices and meeting rooms is on schedule to be completed by the end of October 2018. Phase 2 where the main central section of the site will be refurbished will then begin with a projected completion date of February 2019.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the students, staff and contractors for their patience through this process. Everyone is working together to ensure the academy is operating safely and effectively through a unique set of circumstances.

I will provide more updates on the work as it progresses.

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