19 April, 2021
Wodensborough Ormiston Academy has achieved the IQM Inclusive School Award with Flagship School status. This marks the academy as one of only around 100 schools in the UK to be recognised for an outstanding commitment to inclusion and developing best practice.
Up until a short time ago the academy was just for students aged 11-16. However, recently developed a post-16 provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities which it is looking to expand. There is also a Deaf Resource Centre and a resource base for autistic students. Along with multiple staff members who focus on supporting these centres and other students with special educational needs.
The academy was commended for the numerous ways it tailors learning to ensure all learners are catered for. There was particular praise for the principal and senior leadership team’s commitment to inclusion, which has inspired all staff.
The assessor was also impressed by the literacy provision and the ‘robust cross-curricular strategies’ that have been put in place to improve literacy levels. This is complemented by the training teachers have undertaken to help them support students, as well as a “Love Literacy” campaign to promote reading.
Meanwhile, Wodensborough Ormiston Academy was applauded for its dedication to the community during the pandemic. With feedback saying that the academy’s “commitment to supporting its community and striving to ensure that its students are fit to learn could not have been reflected more in its approach to Covid-19 lockdowns.” Staff co-ordinated and delivered food and resources for lots of families at the academy, as well as for refugee families and those in local primary schools.
Leigh Moore, principal at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy said:
“I’m really pleased that we have been recognised for this prestigious award, which is a testament to the incredible hard work of staff across the academy to develop provision that takes every single student into account.
“Wodensborough Ormiston Academy places inclusion at the heart of everything it does, and this is reflected as a result by the kind, compassionate and thoughtful attitudes of our students. I’m looking forward to seeing the academy continue to grow and progress as we look to build on the work we’ve done so far.”