Ormiston Park celebrates success with ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

Students and staff at Ormiston Park Academy in Thurrock are celebrating their success after it was today rated ‘Good’ across all categories by Ofsted. 

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The rating follows two years of strong leadership and a focus on improvement, driven by the widely respected Principal, Huw Derrick and his senior leadership team. Ofsted praised the new team’s deeply held ambition that each pupil can and should achieve well, highlighting how leaders, including the governors and OAT, have created a culture of high expectations, which has resulted in the rapid, sustainable improvement achieved since the Academy’s last inspection in 2015, when it was judged as ‘Requires Improvement.'

These positive changes have been underpinned by the academy’s ethos of Believe and Achieve, which Ofsted found to be inspiring students to succeed, and which parents described as making a positive difference to their children. The Ofsted inspectors also highlighted the students’ pride when speaking about their school and found that teachers are overwhelmingly proud to work at the school, which is a testament to its success.

The Academy was also praised for its good quality teaching, with students receiving close monitoring and teachers ensuring students are motivated and challenged to do well.

The report highlighted particularly strong improvement in the science department, which was recently awarded a ‘Gold Standard Award’ by OAT. It also noted improvements in English, which have delivered very good outcomes for pupils. The considerable progress is reflected in the academy’s academic performance. Students achieved record GCSE results in 2016, with the highest ever number of A*- C grades in both English and Maths and outperforming the 2015 national average in English by 13%. OAT was commended for the support given to the Academy to help improve and develop teachers’ professional skills, verifying and moderating assessment and providing the academy with the opportunity to work with staff from other schools within the network to evaluate its effectiveness and to moderate progress.

The report also highlights that:

  • Students entering the academy with attainment well below their peers nationally, make good progress from their individual starting points and almost all pupils who leave Ormiston Park Academy continue in education, employment or training
  • Disadvantaged students make good progress due to good quality teaching, learning and assessment and precise support to ensure that they make good progress
  • Students who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported very well in the school’s ASCEND centre and make good progress
  • The Academy’s small, but growing Sixth Form was also praised, with leaders setting students aspirational targets and supporting them well to achieve their best

Ormiston Park Principal, Huw Derrick said:

"We are delighted to have received a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, which reflects the hard work, dedication and commitment of our students and staff, to driving improvement across the academy. It has been a real team effort and I would like to thank everyone, including our parents and our sponsor OAT, for the parts they have played.

"Ensuring all our students succeed is at the heart of everything we do and it is fantastic to see the report recognising that they make good progress and take great pride in the academy. We have accomplished a great deal over the last two years and will now look to build on this success, so that Ormiston Park Academy continues to be an academy of choice in the local community."

Toby Salt, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust said:

"This report highlights the fantastic work that the staff and students, supported by the Trust, have undertaken to deliver such impressive and sustainable improvement across the Academy. The academy has gone from strength to strength, with an ambitious vision for its students, strong leadership and a focus on quality teaching."

Luke Bowers, Regional Director (South) at Ormiston Academies Trust, added:

"I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised the accelerated progress achieved at Ormiston Park Academy and the role that OAT has played in creating ‘a culture of high expectations’. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the Academy and its ambitious leadership team to help it continue to succeed."