Developing 'You' in our Curriculum

Our PSHE Curriculum

Director of Wellbeing

Miss Marable

Miss Marable is our Director of Wellbeing and is passionate about Wellbeing and Mental Health. You can find her in her teaching room in M16 (next to the computer room). You can email her at:

  • During teenage years we understand the body goes through immense changes which can impact a young person’s confidence, self-esteem and resilience. Therefore it is vital that all students are given a range of opportunities inside and outside of school to learn how to keep going when they are feeling like giving up or are becoming uninterested in their future.


  • Here are the some of the strategies that we have at Ormiston Rivers Academy to develop our students into future leaders by gaining invaluable life skills:


  • Social Action is at the heart of our school and sixth form because it makes us feel good knowing that we are doing something good for someone else. Due to this, we are part of the #iwill project which awards funding to start student led projects to help with local, national and global issues. We have a number of projects running throughout the school which all students are invited to take part in, they are…

  • Get Up Stand Up for Social Action – a student led lunchtime club which focuses on issues in the world that need help and attention.  Students then plan projects to help raise funds and awareness. Projects have included sponsored walks for CAMFED, bake sales for Children in Need, production of Peter Pan for Great Ormond Street, afternoon tea for the local elderly.

  • Pride Youth Network – a student led lunchtime club which focuses on promoting equality and mutual respect, celebrating diversity and difference. Projects have included staff training on LGBTQ+ themes, selling of rainbow ribbons for Stonewall charity, leading assemblies on anti-bullying, non-uniform day encouraging students to express themselves and be proud of who they are.

  • Interact – a sixth form social action club working with the Dengie Rotary Club for charitable causes close to their heart. Projects have included teachers vs. students basketball, Sixth Former Auction, quiz nights open to the local community.


  • We also have enrichment opportunities such as theatre trips, sporting competitions, Jack Petchey Speak Out competition, trips to universities and to different cities and countries including New York, Amsterdam and Italy.


  • We work with external agencies and act as a hub for programmes such as Duke of Edinburgh, Cadet Forces, Camps International and National Citizenship Service.


  • We arrange for external visitors and speakers including Holocaust survivor talks, PRIDE Youth Network speakers, Essex Police, Rotary club, theatre companies, amongst others.


  • Each week students have a guided mentoring session which addresses social, moral, spiritual or cultural aspects of life. Themes include British heritage, environmental ethics, keeping safe on and offline, laws and current affairs.


  • Philosophy club which allows students to explore perspectives on life, building a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them and use of imagination and creativity.


  • Wellbeing and mental health workshops and learning sessions which include how to stay healthy, how to seek help and support, what to do if you are worried.

  • Current and up to date Personal, Social, Health Education for all students covering three core elements: Living in the Wider World, Health and Wellbeing, Sex and Relationships.


  • Celebration and appreciation of British Values through student led projects e.g. students in PRIDE organising a show to celebrate diversity and difference, promoting equality and mutual respect.


  • Future destinations through bespoke careers programme through on site careers advisor with extra qualification ‘Employability for Life’ for all sixth form students. Regular trips to UCAS events and apprenticeships workshops so all students are ready for their next steps to success.


  • At Ormiston Rivers Academy we are serious about helping our students to discover their passions through taking risks and trying out new things by grasping all opportunities offered.

  • If you would like to find out more about any of the above then please get in touch with Miss Marable

At Ormiston Rivers Academy we believe that education should not be limited to the academic, technical or vocational, therefore we aim to go the extra mile in providing an exciting curriculum that fosters passions and develops skills that may not be able to surface within a classroom. We are also aware that, whilst we live in a beautiful part of the country, it can be quite isolated which may make it difficult for our young people to gain new experiences and insights; a fundamental part to their personal development and understanding of the world. Subsequently, at Ormiston Rivers we are keen to work with families, local businesses, national and global organisations so that we can help to create successful young adults who will make a positive contribution to the world we live, theatre companies, amongst others.

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