About the Academy
Ormiston Park officially opened as an Academy in September 2009, replacing its predecessor school the Belhus Chase Specialist Humanities College. It is an 11-19 mixed academy, sponsored by the Ormiston Academies Trust.
Students and staff moved into a new £16 million building in November 2013 and this exciting project is now nearing completion, with the final touches to the external landscaping, sports areas and parking due to be completed in July 2016.
Ormiston Park Academy holds both Healthy School and International School status, and has been granted a British Council Platinum award for its work in Connecting Classrooms. It is an Edward de Bono Thinking School, with Trainer status, has operated as a Student Engagement Trust demonstration site and provides a lead in Continuing Professional Development as part of the Thurrock Teaching School Alliance. It has been granted Investors in People status and more recently has been accredited as a Microsoft Office Specialist provider .
The Academy has a small but growing Sixth Form and offers a range of level 3 vocational courses alongside a full range of planned work experience, leisure and recreation opportunities, and supported individual study. In addition, students are able to undertake A levels in the core subjects and access a wide range of courses made available through a strategic partnership with South Essex College. Where appropriate, students can continue studying GCSE English and Mathematics alongside other Level 2 programmes.
As part of the Government’s Combined Cadet Force expansion programme the Academy now runs a Combined Cadet Force (Army Section). This affords students outstanding leadership and teamwork opportunities.
Supported by its sponsor and the Local Authority the Academy also takes on roll students with severe behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in its specialist resource base ASCEND. This provides for 20 students whose engagement in the provision of other establishments in the area has completely broken down.
Further details about our sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust, and our further education partner South Essex College of Further and Higher Education can be accessed on the ‘sponsors and partners page’.
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