What Ofsted Says

Following a full Ofsted inspection on the 7th and 8th June 2023, it has been confirmed Ormiston Rivers Academy remains a ‘Good’ school. The full report is available here full Ofsted report.

Here are some of the inspector’s key findings: 

Ofsted concluded that pupils “access a wide range of opportunities to develop their confidence, resilience and leadership skills” at our school, and benefit from the “high expectations” of teachers and a “broad curriculum.” This summary perfectly aligns with our ambitions for the school and its students.  

More widely, the report noted: 

  • Students at Ormiston Rivers are provided with “the knowledge needed to prepare them for the next stage in their education or employment” thanks to our extensive careers advice programme. As part of this students in the sixth form “follow a well-designed curriculum” and “learn how to study independently.” 
  • Leaders have “thought carefully about the curriculum” and “identified the knowledge pupils need to learn.” This is “regularly revisited so teachers know when is best to move on to new learning.” 
  • Teachers have “secure subject knowledge” and “provide high-quality feedback which pupils use to improve their work.” 
  • “Reading has been prioritised” at the school, with “well-trained staff” able to support those who are weaker readers. 
  • Pupils with SEND are “well supported” thanks to teachers who “identify their needs accurately and adapt their teaching to ensure that pupils can access the same curriculum as others.” 
  • School leaders have identified behaviour “as a priority to get right,” and thanks to a review of behaviour management throughout the school, “have successfully reduced incidents of more challenging behaviour.” 
  • The majority of pupils “are engaged and positive about their learning.” Moreover, “if there are instances where pupils repeatedly do not follow expectations, these are dealt with swiftly to ensure that learning is not as regularly disrupted.” 
  • Pupils follow a “well-thought-out personal, social and health education curriculum.” 
  • Safeguarding arrangements at the school remain “effective.” 

Alongside this Ofsted conclude staff feel supported “with their well-being and workload,” and recognise that the school’s Governors, and colleagues from our sponsor – Ormiston Academies Trust – “support and challenge leaders to make the school the best it can be.” 

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