Special Educational Needs and Disability

/Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 2018-02-27T15:21:52+00:00

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

Welcome Back

September 9th, 2019|

Dear Parents and Carers,


I would like to take this opportunity to welcome both you, and our students, back to another exciting year at Ormiston Park Academy.

Throughout the summer we have been celebrating the increased attainment achieved in GCSE and vocational subjects with our members of staff and Year 11 students.

Overall, 48% of students at Ormiston Park Academy achieved a Grade 4 or higher in both English and maths – an increase of 8 percentage points on last year’s figure.

As well as achieving strong results in the core subjects, students at the academy have made progress significantly above the national average in a wide range of subjects including biology; business; engineering; health and fitness and information technology (IT).

Amongst the many individual success stories include Alex Poignant, Alex Daw and Cameron Root, who between them have achieved the top Grade 9 GCSE in English Language, English Literature, Biology, French and English, and a Grade 8 in mathematics, chemistry and physics.

These results are a testament to the hard work and commitment of our students, supported by our staff, families and the wider school community.

Last week we had the pleasure to welcome 126 new Year 7 students and their families into the Ormiston Park learning community. Year 7 have made a fantastic start to their learning careers here, and I look forward to seeing them progress over the next five years.

I have also had the pleasure of greeting the rest of our student community, and welcoming them back to the new school term and they too have made an outstanding start to the new school year.

Yours sincerely,

Huw Derrick

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