Meet The Team

How to contact our staff

Our reception staff will be happy to forward a message to a member of staff during working hours.  Should you wish to contact them directly, please use the details provided in the staff lists below.

To contact any member of staff, use their first initial plus surname, followed by @ola.org.uk
For example, the email address for Dr Best Teacher, would be bteacher@ola.org.uk

Say hello…
Please click here to contact our Head of Admissions, Mrs Rowan Knowles, to arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions and entry requirements.

Who to Contact

Pastoral/Academic Questions

Lower School

Where parents have concerns or questions, in the first instance they should contact their child’s Form Tutor. To arrange a meeting with the Principal please call the School Office on 01235 524658 or email principalspa@ola.org.uk.

Senior School

Where parents have concerns or questions, in the first instance they should contact their child’s Head of Section for pastoral matters, or the relevant Head of Department for academic matters. They will then liaise with other members of staff where appropriate, including the Principal and the OLA Leadership Team.

Absence

Lower School

  1. For absence due to illness please call the School Office 01235 524658 or email attendance@ola.org.uk.
  2. For medical and dental appointments please email your child’s Form Tutor to request permission for absence.
  3. For all other planned absence please make your request in good time to the Principal at principalspa@ola.org.uk. All requests are considered on an individual basis.

Senior School 

  1. For absence due to illness please call the School Office 01235 524658 or email attendance@ola.org.uk in the first instance. If you also ‘cc’ the Form Tutor as a secondary source, this will ensure that the registration process is completed appropriately and avoids any situation in which a pupil will be misregistered.
  2. For medical and dental appointments please email your child’s Form Tutor to request permission for absence.
  3. For all other planned absence please make your request in good time to the Principal at principalspa@ola.org.uk. All requests are considered on an individual basis.

OLA Medical Centre

Ensuring that children at OLA feel safe and well cared for, the school also provides a School Counsellor and School Nurse.

Our medical centre is located within the lower school and is accessible to pupils and students across the lower and senior school during the school day. We have two assessment rooms linked to our consultation area where students discuss their medical needs as they arise.  Our School Nurse Leah is in regular communication with parents in order to support their children with acute or chronic needs and the medical centre is always accessible as a drop in throughout the day.

The medical centre is central to the general well being of our pupils and they often pop in for pastoral support which is readily available along with an open dialogue with parents who are informed at every step of the way. Working in collaboration with teachers and leadership the medical centre support pupils through regular ups and downs of their school life as well as on a more profound level considering their social and emotional development, which allows them to grow into resilient, confident, self-aware and knowledgeable young adults.

More recently, following government guidelines, Leah initiated lateral flow testing amongst staff and pupils, now being carried out independently at home, and we are pleased to say there has not been a positive case to date within our school.  We welcome any questions about our medical provision at the school, and Leah is always keen to communicate with current and prospective pupil parents alike.  Please forward any questions to Leah Andersen, RN, SCPHN  on email nurse@ola.org.uk

OLA Executive Leadership Team

The OLA Executive Leadership Team works in partnership with the Governors Strategic Review Committee to lead the School in terms of strategic development and business planning.

Chief Operating Officer & Executive Leader: Mr P Karian CIPD

Principal: Mr S Oliver BA Hons Birmingham, MLitt St Andrews, PGCE Cambridge

OLA Leadership Team

The OLA Leadership Team reports to the Executive Leadership Team and manages all academic and pastoral matters across the wider OLA community.

Deputy Head: Dr B Reynaert BA Hons, Applied Biology Cardiff, PhD (London), PGCE (Reading)

Assistant Head (DSL): Mrs C Sharkey BA Hons De Montfort, PGCE UWE

Assistant Head (Pastoral): Mr Luke Allen BSc, PGCE Cardiff (Head of Boys’ PE)

Lower School Coordinator: Miss L Taylor BA Hons Oxf Brookes

OLA Admin Team

The team working hard behind the scenes to keep the school running – Deborah Underwood, Office Manager, Hannah Connell, Reception, Lucy Warren & Elaine Hager, Secretaries, Julie Braley, PA to the Principal.

OLA Marketing & PR

For any Marketing, Website, eNewsletter and/or PR enquiries, please contact Karen Sutton, Head of Marketing.