Ormiston Rivers Academy welcomes new principal

  23 September, 2019

Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham on Crouch has welcomed Emma Baker as its new Principal.

Mrs Baker took over the leadership of the academy at the start of September, following the retirement of previous Principal Ms Joan Costello after more than a decade in the role, and will continue the strong leadership at the school.

Mrs Baker was previously Vice-Principal at Maltings Academy in Witham, which rose from ‘Requires Improvement’ to an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating in just four years, before being appointed Principal. In 2017, she won the prestigious ‘Secondary Headteacher of the Year’ Award at the annual Pearson Teaching Awards.

Mrs Baker brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role, having also served as Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning and Assistant Vice Principal for Data, Assessment and Exams at Palatine Sports College in Blackpool.

Ormiston Rivers Academy, which strives to recognise the differing skills and needs of all students and develop lessons that inspire, engage and respond to their areas to improve, has celebrated strong progression and outcomes for pupils in recent years. The school received another Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ in 2016 and saw 56% of pupils achieve a Grade 4 or above in English and maths in this year’s GCSE results.

Mrs Baker is now working alongside the school’s leadership team, OAT, the Board of Governors and the wider school community to maintain the school’s high standards and ensure that all pupils learn skills such as resilience and resourcefulness and build knowledge in order to be prepared for whatever lies ahead.

Emma Baker, Principal said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed as Principal at Ormiston Rivers. In my short time at the academy, I have already been impressed with the positive attitude of students and how welcome they have made me feel.

“This is an exciting time for Rivers and the children and families we serve within the local community and, along with all our staff members, I am looking forward to helping our students achieve great things.”


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