Vision and Values

Our Vision: Deepening Learning, Raising Aspiration

Ormiston Rivers Academy will transform education for the next decade and beyond for the entire community of the Dengie.

We are committed to forging excellent relationships with students, parents, carers and others. Students will have greater aspirations and expectations. We will give them high levels of literacy and numeracy, and a mastery of technology. We aspire to be one of the top secondary schools in Essex with an Ofsted Outstanding ranking for education provision and a reputation for producing well-rounded individuals that make a positive contribution to society.

Our Ethos and Values

Our strong code of values guides our work and creates a secure learning environment where all students can thrive and succeed.

We want students to have the best possible education to help them achieve their personal goals and to develop a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.

We concentrate on developing the individual and encourage an outlook on life which reflects the best in our community; nurturing confident, active, aspirational and socially responsible young people.

We strive to equip our students with the ability to take a world view and meet the demands of the 21st Century through a diverse curriculum, personalised to an individual student’s needs.

We teach students to be confident, resourceful, resilient, and responsible; able to articulate ideas, to ask questions and listen to others; to constantly re-focus beliefs and values; and to know how to transfer these abilities into real life situations.

We expect students to arrive at the Academy with a positive attitude to learning. We believe in good behaviour and discipline, and encourage friendly, respectful teacher-student relationships that help make learning fun and enjoyable.

Our values stand at the heart of our Academy.

Aspiration – We want every student to aspire to greatness and feel confident in their ability to do so. ORA is committed to providing the opportunities, support and guidance to enable our students to reach for the stars.

Independence – At ORA we strive to develop independent learners and thinkers; young people who have the skills to navigate themselves through life and achieve success.

Resilience – At ORA, we know that the ability to cope in spite of setbacks is one of the most valuable life skills that will serve our students well at all stages of their education and future lives. Resilience is a measure of how much you want something and how much you are willing and able to overcome obstacles to achieve it.

Respect – Respect stands at the heart of the ORA ethos. Respect for yourself, respect for others, respect for the environment. This value pervades everything that we do and makes us stronger as a community.