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Ormiston Rivers Academy in the online edition of the Maldon Standard (08/05), after winning the 'Virtual' Wellbeing Award for Schools.


Ormiston Rivers Academy in the print edition of the Maldon Standard (13/02), following their success at the Essex Teaching Awards.

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GCSE results 2019

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Our Sixth Form shines, despite national trends!

Read the full story in the Maldon and Burnham Standard

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Headboy is off to study medicine

Read the full story in the Maldon and Burnham Standard

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A Level results 2019

Read our coverage in the Thurrock Gazette

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Source: SSAT

Top 10% of schools nationally for progress and attainment

SSAT Award Ormiston Rivers Academy has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2017 based on data from the Department of Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network). The Academy was found to be among the best performing secondary schools in the country, receiving an award for being in the top 10% of schools nationally for progress and attainment. The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England, with the highest performing for a range of key measures presented with SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards, sponsored by Lexonik. Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said: “I am delighted that Ormiston Rivers Academy has won an Educational Outcomes Award. This recognises an important aspect of the schools’ work, but, as we know, there is much more to recognise in a good school like Ormiston Rivers Academy. SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child. A big thank you and well done to pupils, parents, staff and governors.”

Results show Ormiston Rivers Academy, in Burnham, is one of the top schools in the county

ORMISTON Rivers Academy is one of the best performing secondary schools in the county according to the latest GCSE league tables. Data released last week showed the school, in Southminster Road, Burnham, was the 18th highest rated school in Essex when it came to their Attainment 8 score.


Attainment 8 is worked out by turning GCSE grades into numbers with an A* worth eight points, going down to a G grade being worth one. Each subject is given a weighting with English and Mathematics worth double points. The points are then divided by 10 to create an Attainment 8 score.

Ormiston Rivers Academy scored 50.1 - higher than the national average of 44.6, and the Essex average of 46.7. 

Stats also showed that the school was performing “well above average” when it came to their Progress 8 score.

Progress 8 is determined by comparing predicted grades of pupils based on other students of similar ability when they leave primary school and the difference between that number and their actual Attainment 8 score.

A pupil with a Progress 8 score of one will have gained an extra grade per subject compared to their predicted progress.

On average, pupils at Ormiston Rivers performed 0.67 points above their expected achievement, putting the school in the top three per cent in the country for Progress 8 scores. Headteacher, Joan Costello, was delighted with the results.

READ MORE HERE: https://www.maldonandburnhamstandard.co.uk/news/15900546.results-show-ormiston-rivers-academy-in-burnham-is-one-of-the-top-schools-in-the-county/

Learners at Ormiston Rivers Academy succeed with NCFE Technical Awards

Ormiston Rivers Academy, a secondary school deep in the Essex countryside, is continuing to expand its curriculum with technical qualifications from NCFE. Many learners are going on to achieve NCFE Technical Awards (V Certs), which are Department for Education approved alternatives to GCSEs and allow learners to demonstrate their knowledge through practical, hands-on content.

Ormiston Rivers Academy attracts learners with a wide range of differing abilities and previous educational experiences, with the majority of learners coming from a rural background and showing a strong interest in vocational subjects.

The NCFE Level 1 / 2 Technical Awards offered by the centre are in Engineering, Health and Fitness and Business and Enterprise, along with the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care.

Lee Thurlow, an Engineering learner at Ormiston Rivers Academy said: “The NCFE technical awards contain a lot of practical activities which we enjoy and we get to learn in great depth about our chosen subjects. They are great and help us prepare for sixth form or college.”

Kevin Rumary, Head of Design Technology at Ormiston Rivers Academy, commented: “The Level 1 / 2 Technical Awards have allowed our learners to achieve great success and progress to further education, with many learners aiming to obtain a degree level apprenticeship in the future. NCFE is consistently active in supporting us in the introduction and delivery of these qualifications and the comprehensive teaching packs available have helped centre staff to teach purposeful, relevant and interesting lessons.


We always have a consistent contact point to field any queries to and this has helped us to build a great relationship with NCFE over the years, they have taken the time to understand us as a centre.”

Ormiston Rivers Academy is passionate about recommending the technical awards to other centres, and they have helped other schools in the academy chain introduce these qualifications as alternatives to GCSES.

READ MORE HERE: https://www.wired-gov.net/wg/news.nsf/articles/Learners+at+Ormiston+Rivers+Academy+succeed+with+NCFE+Technical+Awards+20032019163300?open

Next generation of engineers blown away by RES’ support in creating recyclable wind turbines

Students and future engineers from Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham-on-Crouch have been supported by the world’s largest independent renewables company to help perfect the design of new wind turbine prototypes.

Engineers from RES lent their expertise and guidance to Year 13 students who were tasked with designing and manufacturing turbines out of recyclable materials. As part of the project, the students had to develop initial prototype designs, then engage with industry experts to improve the dynamics and functionality of their prototypes to produce a further five turbines.

The visit from Andy Chinery, asset manager at RES, is the result of a long-established relationship between the Academy and RES-built and operated Turncole Wind Farm. The visit allowed Andy to guide and support the students to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of wind turbine development and achieve the best possible results in their Design and Manufacture course.

Andy said: “RES has over 35 years expertise in the industry so I was very happy to be able to meet and support the next generation of engineers. It has been great to see the students’ innovative wind turbines designs using recycled materials and we look forward to seeing their finished results.”

Kevin Rumary, head of design and technology at Ormiston Rivers Academy, said: “RES provided valuable insight to our Year 13 engineering students who were tasked with designing and building budget wind generators from standard building materials, but who had been struggling with blade design. Andy evaluated the design of the turbines and advised the students on wing length, stability and profile so they can now improve their designs and complete their engineering coursework in greater depth.”

RES is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution. Turncole Wind Farm became fully operational in 2017, and with seven turbines is capable of generating sufficient renewable electricity to power more than 14,000 homes.

READ MORE HERE: http://res-group.mediaroom.com/press-releases?item=122560