Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Secondary Transition Information

Welcome to the OADV Family

On this page you will be able to meet key staff; get to know our Academy; take a tour of key areas and get to know what our Secondary departments have to offer. We also felt it was important that you hear from our current students about their time at OADV so far and the opportunities they have had while in the Academy.

We pride ourselves on the level of support we offer and hope that the information here and our FAQs at the bottom of the page give you a real sense of what it means to part of the OADV family. Please feel free to contact us on 0114 2200 400 or email if you have any further questions.  

We look forward to welcoming you to our family #proudtobeOADV  


Helpful Information


How long is the school day?  

Typically, the school day starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3pm. However, more recently, times have been adjusted for staggered starts as a result of COVID-19. Any changes for September 2021 would be communicated fully to all parents and carers before the start of the term, as well as publicised on our website.   

How long are lessons?  

Lessons are one hour long.   

How many lessons and breaks are there per day?  

There are five lessons per day and a morning break of 15mins and a lunch break.  

What if I get lost on the way to lessons?  

We all get lost when we are in a new place and you should not worry about this at all! We will make sure you have a tour and a map of the Academy. If you do find yourself lost there will be plenty of students and staff to ask for directions.  Everyone is friendly, approachable and willing to help.  

What is available to eat at break and lunch?  

Students can purchase snacks at break time and hot/cold food at lunches. We serve a choice of hot meals each day, including a meal deal, and also have a range of sandwiches available as well. We are a cashless school and use Parent Pay to cover the cost of all in school purchases. Students can bring a packed lunch and their own snacks/drinks but we do not allow any fizzy/energy drinks on site.  

What do I need to bring on my first day?  

On their first day, students will need to bring the correct equipment from the equipment list. Basic equipment includes a black pen, pencil and ruler. Students will be provided with a planner and a purple pen which they should bring with them every day.   

Am I allowed to wear jewellery?  

The only jewellery permitted in school is a wrist watch and one plain stud in each ear. They must be small and discreet.  

What is the role of my Advisory Tutor?  

Your advisory tutor is the person you see each day whose role is to check in on you and make sure that you are settling into Academy life and doing well. They are your first port of call for any questions you may have. 

Can I ride my bike to school?  

You can ride your bike to school. There is a  bike shed where you can store bikes and it is really important that you bring a bike lock because the Academy cannot accept responsibility for them whilst on site.  

Where do I go if I need help?  

The answer is: anyone! All staff at the Academy are here to help in any way they can. Each year also has a Pastoral Year Manager, and they work exclusively with you to support you in any way you need, we also have Mr. Mills who is KS3 coordinator who is also on hand to help you with anything you need.  Your Advisory Tutor will also always be there to help too as will your classroom teachers. All you ever need to do is ask.