Dear Parent/Carer, I firstly want to welcome you and your child back to the academy after what I hope has been a restful and enjoyable half term break. I also wanted to write to you today to inform you that I have made the decision to retire at the end of the academic year, having proudly served as Principal of Ormiston Park Academy for many years. I first joined the school – which was then Aveley Secondary School, before later becoming Belhus Chase Specialist Humanities College – as Deputy Headteacher in 2004. During my fifteen years here, it has been [...]
Dear Parents and Carers, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome both you, and our students, back to another exciting year at Ormiston Park Academy. Throughout the summer we have been celebrating the increased attainment achieved in GCSE and vocational subjects with our members of staff and Year 11 students. Overall, 48% of students at Ormiston Park Academy achieved a Grade 4 or higher in both English and maths – an increase of 8 percentage points on last year’s figure. As well as achieving strong results in the core subjects, students at the academy have made progress significantly [...]
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 [...]
Students at OPA are completing some work around finding information about the best playing surfaces for sports in our community. The students hope to use this data to inform us whether we can make an application for a new surface to be installed at OPA for use by all members of our community at the evenings and weekends, helping sporting activities and clubs to grow in Thurrock. The survey will be open for the next two weeks, closing on Wednesday 27th March. We look forward to getting your responses. Many thanks, Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LR9ZPD7
Family evening live chat with scientists and engineers on Thursday 7th and Wednesday 13th March, 7-8pm. Login at home using your log in card and click on CHAT. The live chat sessions are fully moderated.
We are very fortunate to have an opportunity to apply for several FREE places on the following residential course for our students in Years 9 and 10. Any students interested in applying for a place on the course should see Ms Thacker at their earliest opportunity on Monday 4th or Tuesday 5th March, as the free places are subject to availability. Make Engineering Happen – Smallpeice Trust Residential Monday 22 - Wednesday 24 July 2019 at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus 3 days, 2 night full board residential Further information can be found at https://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/courses/make-engineering-happen/
We warmly invite you to attend the Year 7 Progress Evening to discuss your child/dependent’s progress as they approach the start of their Year 8 studies. During this evening you will have the opportunity to meet with your child/dependent’s teachers to review the progress they have made since starting OPA and to set targets to help them reach their aspirations for the year ahead. The evening will be held on Wednesday 30th January between 5.00 and 7.00pm. Appointments will be on a first come first serve basis.
As the cold weather has hit since our return from Christmas we welcome the fact that students are arriving into the Academy dressed appropriately in warm winter coats. A polite reminder that according to our uniform policy that only black coats are permitted inside the Academy buildings and all non-black coats will need to be removed once inside the building including movement between lessons and at food breaks.
Wednesday (January 9th) is Year 11 Progress evening. To sign up for an appointment to meet your child’s teacher, please click “Book Progress Evening” at the top of the homepage and login using the information provided on the handout given to students before the Christmas break. If you have any issues logging in/setting up an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will be happy to assist. We hope to see you there!
This Wednesday (December 5th) is Year 10 Progress evening. To sign up for an appointment to meet your child’s teacher, please click "Book Progress Evening" at the top of the homepage and login using the information provided on the handout given to students last week. If you have any issues logging in/setting up an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will be happy to assist. We hope to see you there!
Ormiston Park Academy are pleased to announced that Splatt Media have produced photographs for Shakespeare Schools that took place at Southend Palace Theatre on 13th November 2018 If you are a parent/guardian wishing to purchase photographs of your child you will need a passcode. Please contact Mrs Bridge by emailing [email protected] Once you have the code, you are able to purchase the photos from the Splatt Media website.
Year 11 Mock Exams 3rd December 2018 to 11th December 2018 Year 11 mock exams start on Monday 3rd December. Students should attend school as normal and will be in either their timetabled lesson or an exam. Students should bring their own equipment. Mobile phones must be switched off and left in bags during exams.