Principal's Blog - 30th April 2021

As always, it has been a busy week at Ormiston Rivers!

Our Year 11 and Sixth form students have been sitting formal assessments in exam conditions this week. These will form part of their final, assessed grades, which they will receive in August. I am so proud of how the students have taken these on board in the current, unusual and difficult circumstances. The vast majority of students have behaved in an exemplary manner and have arrived well-prepared, with correct uniform and equipment. They are a real credit to the school, and to you all. I would like to thank you for your continued support in ensuring that all students are enabled to receive the final grades that they so richly deserve.

I know that this is a difficult time for our students, and that some may find it more stressful than others. Please remember that we are here to support you. If you or your child require any support or advice, please do not hesitate to contact our well-being team at: [email protected]

Year 11 Dance students also completed their practical examination pieces this week. It has been truly lovely to see how far their “showpieces” have developed, since I first saw them in rehearsal to the final “polished” pieces they performed so expertly. We wish them all the very best for their final grades. I have included some photographs, although even these do not do justice to the many and varied talents of our students.

Also, this week, our Year 9 “Brilliant Club” students attended their well-deserved “virtual” graduation ceremony, to celebrate their fantastic work in the Philosophy project last term. The tutor was so impressed with the quality of their essays; with several being graded as a first. The graduation ceremony included a keynote speech from TV presenter Ben Caiee, as well as a talk on studying at St. Anne’s College, Cambridge; which has certainly inspired some of the group to aim for the top! Well done to all involved.

We have also had a visit from our OAT Regional Director this week, who met with several staff and dropped into various lessons during the day. He was very impressed with the quality of teaching and learning he observed, the calm and welcoming atmosphere throughout the academy, and the obvious enjoyment and engagement of our students. We genuinely enjoy welcoming visitors to our wonderful academy, as this gives us the opportunity to demonstrate just how enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working and committed our students and staff are; and how very proud they are to be part of our school community.

Just a reminder that it is Year 10 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 6th May, and the academy will finish at 12.45 p.m. for all students. Normal bus transport has been organised for the finish time.

Finally, I am sure you will have seen the information sent out at the beginning of this week regarding the appointment of Ms. Joanne Williams, who will succeed me as Principal in September 2021. I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Ms. Williams on her successful appointment, and that you will continue to support her in the academy’s on-going journey.

Wishing you all a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.

Kind regards,

Emma Baker



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