12 August, 2021
Students at Ormiston Park Academy in Thurrock are celebrating today after receiving their GCSE results, enabling them to embark on the next chapter of their education.
The Mayor of Thurrock, Mrs Sue Shinnick, visited the academy to support a Covid-19-secure, small group of students as they received their results. She was very impressed with the students’ resilience over the pandemic and congratulated them on their hard work and the results achieved.
Staff and students celebrate the many achievements, at the end of what has been another unusual year in light of Covid-19 and the cancellation of examinations. Despite this, the academy has seen continued success with some of the standout individual achievements including:
Ormiston Park Academy responded very quickly and effectively to offer quality remote learning when the academy was forced to close in January due to Covid-19. Every Year 7 to 11 student received their full timetable of lessons via Microsoft Teams. Online assemblies and tutor times and many pastoral home visits contributed to continued learning and community cohesion, which supported each year group and also Year 11 students to do so well in their GCSEs.
Principal Mark Roessler, said: “We are extremely proud of our students and the results they have achieved, which are hugely deserved. They have worked extremely hard over the last two years, and throughout their time with us, and its brilliant to be celebrating their achievements today.
“It has been another unusual year with the pandemic, but our students have shown brilliant spirit, adaptability, resilience and motivation throughout. I would like to thank all our students, their families, our staff and the wider academy community for their ongoing support and we look forward to seeing our students progress on to the next stage of their education and fulfil their goals.
“It is clear to see that we have a superb culture and ethos at Ormiston Park Academy in the way our students enjoy being at school and how well they achieve. I very much look forward to getting back to school in September and continued the drive for excellence.”
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government decided that young people’s grades would be determined by teachers, based on work students produced throughout their course. These grades were then moderated and assessed by external exam boards which awarded the final grades.