Wodensborough Ormiston Academy achieves Centre of Excellence Award

Students and staff at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy in Wednesbury are celebrating after being recognised by the Inclusion Quality Mark as a “Centre of Excellence”. The Inclusion Quality Mark was established in 2004 with the objective of supporting both state and independent schools to become more inclusive.

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There are three award levels to the Inclusion Quality Mark, beginning with the IQM Inclusive School Award.

Wodensborough Ormiston Academy was fast-tracked to 'Centre of Excellence' status due to being “…a rapidly improving school [which] places an inclusive ethos front and centre of all it does” as well as the academy having “…forged strong and productive links with many organisations in order to support its work.”

The report also commented on several other areas of the academy’s work:

  • The focus on the well-being and care of young people stands out as being extraordinary. Children come first at the Academy and their individual needs are a priority.
  • This is a welcoming, friendly and happy place to be and students and their families appreciate the changes and significant improvements.
  • The behaviour of students was exceptionally good both in lessons and during break times. Students were polite and respectful and wore their uniforms with pride.
  • The young people were superb ambassadors for the school and testimony to the inspired efforts of Academy leaders and staff. There was a great deal of respect shown for their teachers and other members of staff, which was reciprocated. It was evident that the pastoral system is highly supportive of the needs of all students.

The academy is the first secondary school in Sandwell to receive this designation and, in its role as a Centre of Excellence, will now support other schools to develop their inclusive practices.

Leigh Moore, Principal of Wodensborough Ormiston Academy, said:

"We are so immensely proud of the hard work, commitment, and unwavering support of our students, staff and the local community. To be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for inclusion is an honour. We are very much looking forward to being able to support other schools in their journey to achieving IQM accreditation."