at Ormiston Park Academy

Academy: Ormiston Park Academy

Location: Aveley, Thurrock, Essex

Salary: Competitive, with performance bonus and benefits, including private health care and TPS

Status: Permanent, full-time

Closing date: 6 December 2019, 5:00 pm

Interview date(s): 10 and 11 December

Start date: September 2020

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About Ormiston Park Academy

Ormiston Park Academy is located in the small town of Aveley in Thurrock, Essex, close to the river Thames and less than 20 miles from the centre of London. We are seeking an exceptional leader to join us as Principal from September 2020.

It is a smaller than average, but growing, 11–16 co-educational academy with approximately 650 students. Staff and students work in an inspirational new build which sits proudly in an area designated as an historic garden, close to Belhus Woods Country Park. The majority of the academy’s students live in the neighbouring communities but many travel from all corners of the authority to attend.

Most students are of white British heritage however a growing number of students speak English as an additional language. There are currently more boys than girls and there are higher than average numbers of disadvantaged students and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Together with increasing numbers of students with high prior attainment and growing student aspirations this makes the academy an exciting and extremely satisfying place to work in.

Significant recent work on improving curriculum provision was rewarded in 2019 with outcomes for students at the end of KS4 turning a corner, and with a strong and stable body of staff the academy is set to continue improving.

This is a fantastic time to join the vibrant and caring learning community at Park. Its strong code of values guides its work and creates a secure and safe environment where all students can thrive and succeed. Staff are committed to ensuring every student reaches their full potential by having the highest aspirations and a commitment to academic excellence.

Since joining Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) in September 2009 the academy has been on an incredible journey, the first part of which was recognition as good by Ofsted in 2011, followed by the completion of work on the design and build of its new multimillion-pound facilities, which students moved to in 2013. A disappointing RI judgement in 2015 was then swiftly reversed in 2017 with a secure good judgement and the academy is now strongly positioned to continue its work towards outstanding.

This work continues with an extremely committed and well-balanced body of staff, the unfailing support of our sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust, the challenge and constant encouragement of the Governing Body, the partnership we enjoy with our families, and most importantly, our enthusiastic students of whom we are very proud.

Ormiston Park Academy offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities; through sports and arts, STEM and music, to leadership and adventure within the CCF and DofE. We aim to cater for the widest possible range of students’ differing interests and all are encouraged to get involved and enjoy this extra dimension of their work at Park.

We know that achievement of the highest order is within our reach and we now look to consolidate our progress and continue to push for further sustained improvement. With this in mind, we are looking for an exceptional professional to lead our staff body who can demonstrate the ability to achieve outstanding outcomes and make a significant difference to the lives of the young people at the academy.

About the role

The overall purpose of the role is to develop and sustain an exceptional educational provision for all students in the academy.

Strategic direction and development of the academy

  • Establish a culture that promotes excellence, equality, high expectations and aspirations of all students.
  • Work alongside the local governing body and OAT Executive in implementing OAT and the academy procedures and policies.
  • Ensure that the management, finance, organisation and administration of the academy, support its vision and aims.
  • Ensure the commitment of parents and the wider community to the vision and direction of the academy.
  • Continue to develop effective relationships with other academies in OAT.
  • Create and implement a strategic plan, underpinned by sound financial planning, which identifies the priorities, actions and targets that will guide the academy on its journey to ‘exceptional’ in all areas.
  • Monitor, evaluate and review the impact of the academy’s policies, priorities and targets to drive continuous improvement.
  • Present accurate accounts of the academy’s performance that are appropriate for a range of audiences including parents, governors, OAT and Ofsted.
  • Ensure a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

Teaching and learning

  • Ensure that outstanding teaching and learning is the primary objective for all staff.
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching and standards of learning and achievement of all students, including those supported through enhanced resources, in order to set and meet ambitious targets for improvement.
  • Lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop staff to secure improvement.
  • Develop a curriculum that promotes outstanding literacy and numeracy skills while ensuring that the needs, interests and aspirations of individual students are addressed.
  • Ensure that effective, appropriate pastoral support is available to students.
  • Ensure that the academy complies with the statutory requirements that promote equal opportunities for all.
  • Build upon the effective partnership with parents to support and improve students’ achievement.
  • Ensure appropriate enrichment opportunities are provided and given a high priority.

Leading and managing staff

  • Lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop staff to secure improvement.
  • Maximise the contribution of staff to improve the quality of education provided.
  • Develop effective and transformational leadership and management across the academy.
  • Implement ‘best practice’ OAT performance management processes.
  • Acknowledge the responsibilities and celebrate the achievement of individuals and teams.

Efficient and effective deployment of staff and resources

  • Work with OAT, governors and senior colleagues to recruit staff of the highest quality available.
  • Advise the governing body on the adoption of effective procedures to deal with the competence and capability of staff.
  • Agree and set appropriate priorities for expenditure with the governing body to enable the academy to secure its objectives.
  • Manage and organise accommodation efficiently and effectively, to ensure that it meets the needs of the curriculum and health and safety regulations.
  • Manage, monitor and review the range, quality, quantity and use of all available resources in order to improve the quality of education, improve students’ achievements, ensure efficiency and secure value for money.

How to apply

All application forms, with supporting statements, should be emailed to

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019 with interviews scheduled for Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 December.

Visits to the academy are strongly encouraged as are conversations with Luke Bowers, Regional Director. Please contact Luke directly at or on 07854 014 605.

Your formal letter of application (supporting statement) should be no longer than two sides of A4 and should address the selection criteria detailed in the person specification earlier in this document.

The academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


Ormiston Park Academy Principal information pack

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