Please take a look at our Progression Guide by clicking here

The times of the day are as follows:


Tuesday – Thursday


The OPA Learning Journey

Here at Ormiston Park, although students select at the end of Year 8 the GCSE subjects they will work towards, the preparation for those final exams starts from the moment they enter the academy. In all subjects, students benefit from curriculum planning which  builds on learning already secured at primary school and ensuring the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding are progressively developed and consolidated over the five years between Yr7 and 11.


Years 7 and 8 (Key Stage 3)

The breakdown of Key Stage 3 lessons per week is shown here. Students are mostly taught in ability groups.

(CPRE – Citizenship, PSHE & RE)

 Years 9, 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4)

The breakdown of Key Stage 4 lessons per week is shown here.

Our KS4 curriculum offers all students the opportunity to gain a minimum of eight qualifications at GCSE or equivalent.

The Core Curriculum – All students will study a Core Curriculum of 5 GCSEs:

English Language and English Literature; MathematicsCore and Additional Science (as appropriate).

Students also continue to engage with a Physical Education (PE) programme and undertake Citizenship, Personal and Religious studies (CPRE). Additional qualifications such as Financial Capability or ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) may also be available within these programmes over the three years of study.

The Options Pathways

A great deal of effort and thought has gone into considering how best to provide for our students, not only in securing them success at KS4 but also offering progression routes forward through Sixth Form or apprenticeships on to university, further training or employment.

Based on prior attainment and current progression, students are placed on an Options Pathway at the end of Year 8. Each pathway enables students to secure a further three GCSEs or equivalences and ensures that our curriculum remains broad and balanced.

Option subjects come from within the following areas:

Humanities – History and Geography

Languages – French and Spanish

Technology – Resistant Materials and Catering

Arts – Art & Design and Performing Arts

Other – PE and Computer Science

Note: The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is not a qualification but a measure recognising performance at the higher GCSE grades (A*-C) in a suite of subjects that must include English, Mathematics,  two Sciences, a Humanities course and a Modern Foreign language.

Years 12 & 13 (Key Stage 5 – OPA6)

Typical provision is mapped below:

All students are expected to be full-time students.

Our Personal Development Curriculum

Our commitment to the holistic personal development and welfare of each student underpins the Academy’s CPRE Curriculum. These weekly lessons develop the spiritual, social, moral & cultural values and experiences of students as well as ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to sustain a healthy and active lifestyle. In short, students are equipped to take their place in the world, participating fully as confident citizens.

The key aspects of the CPRE programme students will experience include:

  • Aspirations, coaching, personal development and goal-setting
  • Personal well-being including sexual, mental and physical health including substance misuse.
  • British Values
  • The national Prevent Agenda
  • How to remain safe, e.g. avoiding exploitation; internet safety; safety whilst out & about
  • Financial well-being and what it means to be ‘financially capable’
  • Supplementary qualifications providing essential skills for life beyond school – European Computer Driving License and Certificate of Financial Education,

Careers education, information and guidance as to the world of education, employment and training

Further detail or information regarding curriculum can be obtained by request. Please email


Latest Announcement

Ormiston Park Academy Announces New Principal

December 19th, 2019|

Ormiston Park Academy has today announced the appointment of a new Principal, Mr Mark Roessler.

Mr Roessler, who will take up the post in September 2020 at the start of the new academic year, is an extremely experienced principal, with over 23 years of school leadership and teaching experience.

Mark Roessler will take over from retiring Principal Huw Derrick, who has led the academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), for more than 15 years.

During his headship, Mr Derrick led the academy on its journey to achieve a Good Ofsted rating in all categories in 2017, having previously been rated Requires Improvement and making it the school of choice in the local area.

An experienced school leader, Mr Roessler is currently serving as a Headteacher overseeing the development of a new all-through school in West Sussex. He previously held positions as Deputy Head and Assistant Head in schools in Croydon, where he worked for 16 years.

He also holds a professional qualification for school inspection and has been a serving Ofsted Inspector for five years, bringing understanding and experience of what makes an Outstanding school to the role. A family man, he has been married for 18 years to his wife Nikki, has twin teenage daughters who are currently in Year 11 and has a much-loved rescued greyhound.

Mr Derrick, alongside the Board of Governors, senior leadership team and OAT, will now be working closely with Mr Roessler to ensure a smooth transition at the start of the new academic year in September and to ensure that the academy continues to build on the strong foundations established.

Mark Roessler, incoming Principal at Ormiston Park Academy, said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed Principal of Ormiston Park Academy and look forward to taking up the role in September 2020.

“I have a lifelong passion and drive for developing aspirational learners so that every child can secure the very best life chances possible. I believe that a strong culture and ethos that nurtures and develops children’s self-esteem and confidence in tandem with outstanding teaching and learning, will place Ormiston Park Academy as a beacon of excellence and the school of choice for the local community. I look forward to working with the students, staff, Governors, OAT and the whole school community to take the academy to new heights.”

Nick Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), said:

“We are pleased to be welcoming Mark Roessler to Ormiston Park Academy’s as its new Principal for next September. He has played an integral role in the leadership of a variety of school settings. We are confident that the experience and knowledge he will bring to the role will greatly benefit the academy and allow him to continue, and to build on the work of his predecessor.

“Mr Roessler shares our values and high expectations for Ormiston Park, and we look forward to working with him and the school community as the academy continues on its strong upward trajectory.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Huw Derrick once again for the tireless hard work, commitment and passion he has shown during his time at Park. We wish him all the best for his retirement.”


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