S4S tackle social and educational challenges throughout the school by recruiting students who are able to give the student body a voice and speak for the range of pupils at OPA. The team consists of a combination of students across all year groups and includes students from different friendship groups and ethnicities.

There are two types of S4S member, our Solution Seekers and our Leaders. Our Seekers are students that want to contribute towards the daily roles of being in our team such as ensuring high expectations are met by all; supporting each other; preparing everyone for learning, and supporting Leaders deliver their projects. Seekers listen to the views of the student body and work with the Leaders to turn these views into positive realities. Seekers wear a red tie and trim on their blazer.

Our Leaders are students that want to take responsibility for leading one or two projects to make positive changes in our community and support our seekers to become Leaders one day themselves. Leaders work directly with teachers, support staff and Senior Leaders in the Academy to turn their ideas into reality. Leaders wear a gold tie and trim on their blazers.

Any student can apply to be in the S4S team but will only be accepted if they are a positive role model and are able to follow the charter we implement as a team.

As an Academy we feel that it is very important to have our S4S team. We want the students within our OPA community to drive positive change for themselves and their peers, based on their own experiences.

Leaders manage the S4S team but we are very passionate about the fact that every student in the team equally provides a voice for the young people of OPA and we believe no student is less powerful than any other.

What are we working on?

Our current projects

Team Recruitment – Recruitment for new members is held annually where Leaders hold assemblies for each year group to outline the projects for the year ahead. Students collect application forms, which must be completed and submitted by the deadline. At the close of applications, Leaders meet with the Assistant Principal responsible for the S4S team and shortlisting commences. Students are invited to interview and if successful, are presented with their new ties at the end of term celebration assemblies before we break up for Christmas.
Peer Coaching/ Check Mates – Working with one of the heads of college, Seekers and Leaders are selected to work with students that have been identified as needing support. This support could be academic or social, and S4S members link with these students to help coach them through their needs.
OPA Ready – Working with our primary feeder schools, Leaders and Seekers plan sessions with OPA teachers for delivery to Year 5 students. Sessions are delivered both at the primary schools and here at OPA to show students how lessons are when they start with us in Year 7. Sessions include literacy, numeracy, sports, science, drama, art, languages and technology.
Generating Generations – Continuing with the successes of the previous two years, Leaders and Seekers are working with a collection of local residential homes in our community to offer a range of activities for the elderly to participate in, generating opportunities for different generations to mix and share experiences.
Equipment Ready? – Every student at OPA is expected to have their full equipment for every day at the Academy. Leaders and Seekers work with their heads of year to offer equipment for sale and monitor that everyone in their year group is prepared for their day of learning.
Student Learning Consultants – A highly important role, Leaders and Seekers work with teachers to plan engaging lessons that will allow all pupils to make progress in their learning. Team members identify areas in their learning that need development, or suggest an alternative method of delivery for a topic that will be more engaging for all. Throughout the academic year, students will work with every subject area and with a number of staff.


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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