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Ofsted 2018-11-13T15:27:04+00:00

Ormiston Park receives ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

I write to let you know of some excellent news – as you may have been aware, our Academy was recently inspected by Ofsted, and we have been rated as ‘Good’ in all aspects of our provision.

We are all very proud of this achievement, and it underlines the journey of improvement that our school has been on in recent years. It has been a real team effort – I firmly believe that effective and sustained improvement can only be achieved if it is supported by everyone associated with a school. I am therefore enormously grateful to have such a wonderful teaching and staff team, supportive governors, an involved sponsor (Ormiston Academies Trust), and most important of all, parents and students who are committed to Ormiston Park and its success. Thank you.

I strongly believe that every student can and should achieve well. To deliver this ambition, we have sought to ensure that every young person at Ormiston Park has the support they need to thrive, and this was recognised by Ofsted as a key factor in the improvement that the school has achieved.

The report, which is available to view online www.ormistonpark.org.uk/ofsted , praises the Academy for its rapid, sustainable improvement and highlights the following strengths:

  • Good quality teaching, with students well supported and teachers ensuring that they are motivated and challenged to do well.
  • The success of our ‘Believe and Achieve’ ethos, which is inspiring students to succeed.
  • Our strong science department, recently awarded a ‘gold standard award’ by OAT.
  • High standards in English provision, which are delivering very good outcomes for students.
  • The personal development and wellbeing of students is a priority for the Academy and your children feel safe and know who to go to when they have any anxieties or concerns.
  • Pupil premium and additional catch-up funding is targeted effectively and the Academy’s whole-school literacy strategy ensures that students catch up quickly.
  • Our students have a positive attitude, demonstrate increasing confidence and take pride in their learning.
  • Governors are well-informed and work closely with the Trust to support and challenge the school leaders effectively. They are ambitious for the school and its future.
  • We are making good use of the support available from external schools and partners through our sponsor, OAT.

The rating is a real boost, but we will not rest on our laurels, and are already looking to build on this success. I am confident that with the dedication and expertise of our staff, the continuing hard work of our students, your ongoing support and commitment, and the wider support of Ormiston Academies Trust, Ormiston Park Academy will go from strength to strength.

I am always grateful for your contributions on how we can continue to improve our Academy, and so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.

Yours sincerely,

Huw Derrick

If you would like to read the full report please click here to download.

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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

Principal

 

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