What our Parents Say...

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Parent Feedback July 2020


As we are nearing the end of the school year, I would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you, to you and all the staff at Ormiston Rivers Academy. My son, is in Year 7 and had settled in incredibly well to his secondary school journey, I was already impressed by the support and enthusiasm of the teaching staff, and the amazing opportunities open to [him] from the outset. Unfortunately, we were then faced with an unprecedented situation where [his] first year at Ormiston was cut short, and suddenly he had to completely change his way of working and socialising with his friends.


I was concerned at what impact this would have on him, both educationally and mentally. However, 15 weeks on and he is doing remarkably well. Although he misses the interaction with his fellow pupils and the teachers, he is still motivated and progressing well with his learning, and this is largely due to the hard work and dedication of the teaching staff. [His] days, through Google Classroom, are well structured; he enjoys the variety of work set and his teachers are always ready to assist should he have any queries. The support has been fantastic and I note the time taken by teachers to review and mark work, providing positive feedback together with constructive comments. These are challenging and difficult times but I am extremely grateful that [he] is at Ormiston, I cannot fault the level of support, organisation and work provided by the teaching staff.


I would also wish to take the opportunity to say thank you to Lisa Corbett with her regular wellbeing telephone calls, she is an absolute pleasure to speak to, and if we had hit any issues then I would have no hesitation in being able to speak with her.


Finally, thank you for your constant and consistent communication with us parents. I appreciate that you may not have all the answers as you are reliant upon government guidelines, which are often extremely unclear. However, the fact that you communicate all information and any updates, even if matters remain undecided, instills confidence, and emphasises that you are working for the wellbeing of our children.


Thank you once again to everyone at Ormiston for going above and beyond.

Parent Feedback May 2020

I've got to congratulate Emma Baker, not only for her leadership, but for her communication to parents and pupils. You are an inspiration. Your letter to pupils, dated 5th May was inspirational for me, as well as other family members. I'm so proud of Ormiston and inspired. You're amazing. I really appreciate the weekly calls and this week I even looked forward to it!

I just wanted to send you a message to thank you for everything you have done during this pandemic. I have been so impressed with your care and concern for the pupils and for us as parents by keeping us informed at every stage of what is going on and what measures you are putting in place to get the pupils back to school and to make it a safe place to be.  This has made me feel confident that my decision to send [our son] back next week is the right one and I really appreciate that. After hearing on the news that some schools have not been able to provide school work for their pupils for various reasons, it makes me appreciate the effort that all the teachers have made to provide the lessons, videos and support to my boys which will help them not get behind when they do return.

The dedication of you and your staff has been impressive and I just wanted you to know that we appreciate all your hard work.

Communication from the school has been excellent, thank you.


Appreciate all the extra effort that staff are putting in.


I'm very impressed with the way that the school has dealt with the whole situation and the regular communications issued - thank you.


Very impressed by the preparedness before shut down, and the continued support for working from home.


Very impressed with the communication from the school. 


Teachers have been very helpful with their support.


School has been fantastic in a really difficult and unprecedented situation


Under the circumstances the way the school has been trying to engage and continue to assist with this homeschooling style of education has been good. It is very much appreciated, thank you to all the staff at Ormiston Rivers during these difficult times.


I think ORA are doing an outstanding job in these crazy, sad times and I thank you very much for all you are doing. 


Just a very big thank you for all the effort and support the teachers and all staff are putting in to helping the children continue their studies at this difficult time. I thought the school was great before Covid19 I now think it is absolutely amazing and feel so pleased that our children attend such a fantastic school. 


I think the communication has been very helpful and a nice balance of academic and personal. We loved the newsletter from form teachers


Your hard work is appreciated to support the kids learning so Thank you.


I liked the individual Year 7 Mentor/teacher email page at the end of term, updating them on how things were going, and so did my son.


You are all doing a fantastic job, under the circumstances!


I am extremely grateful for the amazing support and communication provided by the school, in difficult circumstances.


We really appreciate the work you are all doing and communication is brilliant. Thank you 


Just that I think the school is doing an excellent job. These are really difficult times and I appreciate the approach you have taken with the children - not applying pressure.  I am so grateful that you recognise how difficult these times are and are really supporting the children at ORA. Thank you. 


I think the school has done an amazing job, given the circumstances. Thank you.


The school website is very informative, and supportive in many ways.


Personally i think you're all doing a great job at this difficult time and it's fantastic to see my child still learning and enjoying what he's doing - sometimes i have to tell him to stop and have a break.  He is also super proud of the school and loves making music videos for everyone to see as he misses his friends and teachers.


You are all doing an amazing job. I am a key worker and work in a local day nursery and fully appreciate all the support your teachers and support staff are doing at this very difficult time.


Keep up the great work! Speaking to friends with children all over the county etc The work and support has been well at the top of the list of some of the best. Thank you


The teachers are being extremely helpful and we are so very grateful for the help we are given. 


Love the updates on the Facebook page, even my sister who lives in Cheshire and has two children at high school has said how impressed she is with it, it really makes it obvious what a fantastic community ORA has. 


My daughter and I are very grateful for everything you have been doing. We feel that you support us. We support you back. Thank you for being so stoic and responsive. 


I think the support and interaction from the school has been outstanding and would like to pass on my thanks to all the staff involved. 


I think that ORA are doing a great job in very difficult and fluid circumstances and applaud all their hard work in helping our children to continue their education to the best of their ability.


Appreciate the efforts all teachers are going to to help support the children through these tricky times. It has been invaluable being able to keep in contact with teachers through messaging in order to answer questions. We as parents also now have a much greater understanding and respect of the frustrations teachers face on a daily basis with supporting our children's learning! Just a massive thank you to all those Teachers still working to support the continued education and learning.


Impressed with how the academy have been handling the current situation.


The communication from school has been brilliant, thank you.


The school has been such an amazing support to us as a family.


I think the school's communication and support has been fantastic, both on google classroom and social media/email, making a huge effort to stay connected.


We feel that the teachers have been fantastic with supporting the children in their learning & well being. We would personally like to thank Mrs Baker with the whole homeschooling situation & the way she has presented her confidence with the whole lockdown scenario.

More Feedback...

"Please could you pass my thanks on to the staff at ORA for their commitment and hard work. We were very pleased with my daughters GCSE results and I know the teachers and support staff go over and above to help and support the students as much as they can. It is appreciated. I cannot fault the help and support she received." 

"I would like to thank the Science department in particular for going that extra mile by putting on regular after-school lessons and scheduling numerous revision classes during the holiday periods"

"Just a note to say thanks to you and the student group for organising the Diversity Week which sounds excellent and also for the great comms you have sent out for parents. It is so good to see our young people learning about equality and having the opportunity to celebrate diversity."

"Thank you to all your staff that have done so much for my daughter and inviting her to so many support sessions, you couldn't have done more for her in her 5 years with you, you are amazing"


"I wanted to congratulate you and your staff on a fantastic awards ceremony at the Academy this week.  There was a true sense of pride and community among the staff and pupils and tangible evidence of progress and success.  Congratulations to you all on your fantastic achievements. We are so lucky to have a fantastic school to send our children to"


"Hello.  I've just spent two hours walking around your school with my daughter, helped by two fantastic student ambassadors who were incredibly polite and patient.  All the teachers I spoke to were brilliant. Many thanks for helping my daughter make a fully informed decision"


"I just wanted to write to say how impressed I have been by the two recent shows I came to see at the Academy. To see young people with so much confidence, energy and talent was simply astonishing.  It still makes me smile with pleasure to think about it"


"Hi. I just wanted to send a quick note to say how pleased I am with my son's progress since he started in September. He has grown in confidence so much so I wanted to say a huge thank you to all his teachers and staff for giving him the encouragement and support he needed"


"I just wanted to say how brilliant the play was last night. It could easily give any West End show a run for its money. The students did amazingly well and you must be very proud of them"

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