Ormiston Rivers Academy was established in September 2011. The Academy received its first Ofsted inspection in July 2013; the findings of the inspection were that the Academy is a Good school. We had a short inspection in 2016 and remained Good with further progress shown. We continue to strive purposefully for the students of our school community towards an Outstanding judgement. Read our full Ofsted report.
Ormiston Rivers Academy is an industrious environment, where staff and pupils work together harmoniously and without complacency. Pupils achieve and behave well. You and your team, most notably your vice-principals, have worked tirelessly, to raise the aspirations of your pupils, your staff and the community. You have transformed the ethos of your school. This was recognised in your inspection in July 2013, and you have continued to improve the school since this time.
Your staff are very proud to be part of the Ormiston Rivers Academy team. Almost all of the staff who completed Ofsted’s online survey were positive in their praise for the improvements you have brought to the school. Staff are ‘buzzing’ with energy and enthusiasm, and work effectively to improve standards for pupils. Newly qualified teachers say that the support they receive from your leaders and other staff is exemplary. They say that they are constantly improving the quality of what they do because of the intensive support they receive from their mentors and department teams. This helps teachers who are new to the profession to improve their classroom management techniques to develop positive relationships with pupils.
Pupils are courteous young people who welcome visitors happily to their very attractive and well-maintained school. Pupils appreciate the work of the staff and try hard in lessons because they want to do well. The school is becoming increasingly popular in the local area and the number of pupils joining the school is rising year on year.
Parents are effusive in their praise for the school, and particularly for you as the principal. Almost all of the parents who completed Ofsted’s online survey would recommend the school.
Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities achieve well. This is because you and other leaders invest heavily in their provision. Your team work closely with local primary schools as well as parents to make sure that you know your pupils before they start with you.
Leadership of the sixth form has been diligent in establishing ‘real’ improvements, and not just ‘quick fixes’. Your leader is insistent about creating a better curriculum ‘for the community’. He listens to students, looks at the local community and the national picture, and is thoughtful about students’ aspirations when creating a well thought out curriculum.
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