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Principal's Blog 3

Updated: Sep 22, 2019

The start of term has been exciting and a busy time for all of us here in the academy. Our Year 7's have made a fantastic start to the school year and are already impressing all of their teachers with their work-rate, commitment and desire to do really well in their lessons. All the other students have made similarly impressive starts, with lessons being purposeful and engaging and by displaying excellent behaviour throughout the school.


The year begins with lots of information evenings for those students and parents starting new courses (GCSE's, Year 11's and our new Sixth Form pupils). Next Thursday we have our Information Evening for Year 11 students starting at 6pm and ending at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to meet key staff who will talk you through how to support your child in this important year. There will also be the opportunity to purchase revision guides and useful resources.


Last Thursday was our Open Evening which was a fantastic night that really showcased the strengths of our academy. During my speech I asked the Sixth Form Leadership Team to talk about their experiences at the academy. Being new to the academy myself, I felt it was important for parents to listen to students that had attended our academy and fully experienced Rivers' school life. The student speakers set the tone, speaking confidently and eloquently to a packed hall about their experiences here at Ormiston Rivers. It was genuinely inspiring. Their words spoke more eloquently about the academy than mine ever could.


Over the course of the evening I managed to visit nearly all of the academy and was absolutely blown away by what I saw. The commitment of the students, the organisation, the activities, the sheer quality of the work on show was genuinely outstanding. The site looked amazing as always – no litter, no vandalism, and really well-presented, from the Science Block, to the sports hall and the Library. I was very, very proud.

Of course, the whole idea behind Open Evening is to show our academy in the best light possible to ensure that we continue to be extremely popular and over-subscribed. I felt that we did this and in doing so it really felt like a huge team effort – so well done and thank you to all the Ormiston Rivers family!


Please do feel free to book a tour over the next few weeks to see how the Academy works on a normal school day.




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