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Principals Blog 2: Open Evening Week

Monday 16th September

Reflecting on my first two weeks at Ormiston Rivers and I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone. My priorities this term are to raise standards of expectations and uniform. And, to be out and about as much as possible so I can quickly build relationships with students and staff and therefore get a real insight into the life of the academy. Last week, I started my meetings with staff beginning with support staff and over the next month I will have met every member of the team. I will also be going into the local primary schools so I can meet the Primary Headteacher’s and future students.


It has been wonderful to get into assemblies and lessons to see the students learning. I have been very impressed with how the students are responding to the challenging activities the staff are setting them.


A key area that I want to develop is communication, we have launched a new website which you are aware of and now have created a Facebook page. The aim of the page is to showcase the daily activities taking place in the academy and remind you of key events. Please do follow us on: https://www.facebook.com/OATOrmistonRivers/

This week as we enter our third week of the new term, we have our Open Evening. This takes place on Thursday 19th September 6-9pm. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the academy, so younger students get to meet the staff and walk around our wonderful academy. The key for me on this evening is for parents/carers to talk to current students to discuss what they think. During the evening I will be delivering two speeches regarding my vision for the academy moving forward.


This summer we saw the Year 11s achieve the best results ever, which bodes really well for what is to come next. We will continue to do our very best to maintain the high standards and expectations we have set for ourselves as an academy for the rest of the year. Thank you to the parents who are continuing to support us on this journey and I look forward to meeting you.


Mrs Emma Baker

Principal


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