About the Academy

/About the Academy
About the Academy 2018-11-27T08:48:23+00:00

Ormiston Park officially opened as an 11-19 mixed Academy in September 2009, replacing its predecessor school the Belhus Chase Specialist Humanities College. It is sponsored by the Ormiston Academies Trust and students and staff moved into their new £16.4 million building in November 2013.

The Academy holds both Healthy School and International School status. It has been granted a British Council Platinum award for its work in Connecting Classrooms and in January 2017 was awarded the prestigious Diversity Mark. It has attained the AfPE quality mark with Distinction, Investors in People status and, more recently, has been accredited as a Microsoft Office Specialist Academy and Centre of Excellence.

Following three years as a Student Engagement Trust demonstration site the student body continue to positively influence and shape Academy culture and, as part of the Thurrock Teaching School Alliance, academy staff continue to engage in developing and sharing the best practice in teaching and learning.

The Academy has a small  but growing Sixth Form and offers both a range of level 3 vocational courses and A levels alongside work experience, leisure and recreation opportunities and supported individual study. In addition, students can access a wide range of courses made available through a strategic partnership with South Essex College. In September 2018 the Academy is launching a 16-19 Football Development programme for both men and ladies in collaboration with premiership club West Ham United.

As part of the Government’s Cadet Expansion Programme the Academy has established a Combined Cadet Force (Army Section) and in partnership with Thurrock LA our students are now also able to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Both these opportunities afford outstanding leadership and teamwork experiences.

Supported by its sponsor and the Local Authority the Academy also provides for students with very severe behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in A Specialist Centre for Education, Nurture and Development (ASCEND). This resource base accommodates 20 students whose engagement in all the various provisions 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 can be accessed on the ‘sponsors and partners page’.

For more information about the academy please get in touch.


Latest Announcement

Dear Parents/Carers

July 19th, 2019|

I have today issued all students with a letter to inform you of some key dates and information as we break for the summer and in preparation for the next academic year.

I would like to thank all the parents and carers who attended the behaviour information meetings at which I, with my colleague Mr Rashid, responded to your questions and queries. I would also like to thank those parents/ carers who have taken the time to contact the Academy with their support for the changes we outlined and with constructive suggestions. The new policy has already seen a significant improvement in the behaviour of our students and has enabled our teachers to focus more effectively on delivering outstanding lessons to all our students.

I would also like to thank you for your continued support in ensuring our uniform standards are maintained at the highest level. Please ensure that on return winter coats are compliant with our policy and that all students have a suitable school bag and a full set of the required equipment.

May I ask please that the actions required regarding informing the Academy of emergency contact details for all students are completed as soon as is possible (Information and instructions are given on the reverse of my letter).

The full letter is posted on the Academy website in the Letters Home section. Further information will be posted as and when required.

From all at the Academy we wish everyone a safe, enjoyable and refreshing summer break.



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