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Here at Ormiston Park Academy we recognise that Transition can be daunting and challenging for both students and parents. We wish to make the move from primary to secondary school exciting and enjoyable. Throughout the year parents and students have opportunities to come and tour the Academy during the school day. Our feeder schools are invited to our annual events so they can begin to feel part of the OPA community.

OPA have a dedicated Transition team that work together with the Primary schools, students and parents. Our Transition Lead meets regularly with our feeder Primary schools Headteachers which allows for strong relationships to be built and maintained.

In March, welcome letters are sent to our new students and parents/carers. Parents/carers are asked to complete a pre transition form which allows the Transition Team to start to build a picture of each new student.

April/May/June the Transition Team visit students in their Primary schools and meet parents and teachers. They gather important information which creates a clear picture of each student’s strengths, aptitudes, any difficulties and interests. This information is then used to place students into tutor groups ready for Transition week. Also in May we hold a Transition evening for parents/carers and students. This is an opportunity for them to meet the form tutors and senior staff at the Academy. Students are also given their pre Transition workbook.

In July we hold our Transition week. This is where our new students visit the Academy and experience lessons as they would do when they join us in September. Students spend time with their form tutors, new tutor group class mates and OPA teachers. The week is ended with a celebration assembly hosted by our new students. Parents and Primary teachers are invited along to see all the wonderful work from the week.

In September we have a staggered start on the first day. Year 7 will have time in the Academy to re familiarise themselves with the layout, spend time in their tutor groups getting to know each other through various team building and communication activities. Throughout September our Transition Team work closely with each year 7 tutor group and monitor and provide support for all students.
In October we hold a “Settling in Evening” and invite parents/carers up to meet and talk to staff and other parents about their child’s progress.

Transition Team
Mrs L Fenton-Hawes – Transition Lead
Mrs E Fenton-Hawes – SENCO
Mrs Rowell – Pastoral Lead KS3

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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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