Detailed information regarding our provision for students with SEND can be found here. We hope parents of current and prospective students find this information helpful and we encourage all interested parties to contact the academy for more information.

In addition we offer the following provisions:

Social club

Every break time we open up our Elm room for students who prefer somewhere quieter to spend their break times. They have a free choice of many activities including: team games, ice-breakers, computers, quiet reading, and they can even do their homework in there.

Space club

Coming soon, we will have Space club, an after school club for students who want or need to improve their hand-eye coordination, gross motor and locomotor skills, and fine motor skills.

Space club will be fun and engaging using a range of play and sensory equipment including parachute games and team building games. These basic activities develop body management, balance, bodily co-ordination, strength, agility and confidence, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, fine motor control, accuracy, two handed coordination and manipulative strength.

Literacy support

We offer a wide range of literacy support across key stage 3 and 4. This takes the form of small group withdrawal programmes with our SEN team and access to a range of online resources and activities some of which can be accessed at home for further support and practice.

Some of the key packages and resources we use are: Sound Training for Reading, Lexia, and Speed up!

Please have a chat with one of our team for more details.

Small group work

Some of our students will take part in withdrawal intervention to complete tasks in small groups or even 121 with a member of the SEN team. We work really hard to make sure that each child is achieving their best and are not hindered by any learning needs. These sessions may include intensive literacy support using programmes such as Lifeboat and Toe by Toe.


All year groups have the opportunity to access handwriting support and this year we are using a programme called Speed up which aims to enable students to write clearly and quickly. We will accompany this with a range of Fine Motor skills activities to ensure these muscles are well developed and will enable success with the programme.

The Governing body accessibility plan can be found here.

SEND Coordinator:  Miss E Fenton

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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