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 [email protected]


Latest Announcement

Letter from the Principal re retirement

November 6th, 2019|

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 both a pleasure and a privilege to support the many children and young people who have come through our school doors.

It is with great sadness that I will be leaving the academy, but I am so proud of how far we have come and of all the great milestones and achievements that we have reached together. Building Ormiston Park Academy to be the positive, proud and prosperous learning environment it is today has been a huge team effort, and some of my greatest career highlights have been at our academy.

There are so many things I am proud of, including leading our successful transition to become Ormiston Park Academy and join the Ormiston Academies Trust family in 2009 – a move which continues to significantly benefit our students, staff and wider school community. Additionally, designing and officially opening our state-of-the-art new building in 2013 which has given our students the opportunity to learn and develop in an inspiring and high-quality learning environment. And finally, achieving our Good Ofsted rating in 2017, with inspectors praising the high expectations and culture that we have all created – giving our students the very best possible chance to succeed.

The positive and upward journey of the academy, however, would not have been possible without the invaluable support of the parent body, and the collective hard work of the students, senior leadership team, staff, Board of Governors and our sponsor, OAT. I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to you all, as Ormiston Park Academy would not be the school it is today without you all.

As the academy continues on its successful journey, we are launching a recruitment process to appoint a high calibre Principal whose vision and passion will match our high expectations for the academy and your children.

Once appointed, I will be working closely, alongside our Board and the Trust, to support the transition of the new Principal, who will be starting in the new 2020/21 academic year.

We will keep you updated on the recruitment process, and in the meantime, I would like to thank you once again for your continued support over the years. It has truly been a pleasure to be the Principal of the academy, working alongside such talented children and staff, and I will continue to follow Ormiston Park Academy journey closely in the years to come.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Huw Derrick



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