MP visits Outstanding-Rated Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy

MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter, visited Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy to celebrate the special school being rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted last month.

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Inspectors praised the academy and OAT for their strong partnership and the ongoing improvement at the academy since it joined the Trust in February.

Ofsted found Thomas Wolsey to be an academy where students are very happy, and parents have confidence in the school and feel their child is safe.

Dr Poulter visited the academy, which provides high-quality provision to children and young people with physical and/or sensory, medical or learning needs, to see its success. During the visit, Dr Poulter met the Principal, Helen MacDougall, and was introduced to Thomas Wolsey’s ‘person-centred approach’ through a new curriculum specifically designed to meet the needs of students.

Dr Poulter also held a Q&A session with students to discuss his role as a Member of Parliament and his work across the constituency.

Helen MacDougall, Principal of Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy, said:

"All of us here at Thomas Wolsey were delighted to welcome Dr Poulter to our academy. Students and staff very much enjoyed meeting him.

"Following our Ofsted inspection and subsequent Outstanding rating, this has been a very exciting time for us. Thomas Wolsey has built on its existing strengths since we joined OAT earlier this year, and today was a great opportunity to share our success with our local Member of Parliament."

Dr Dan Poulter, who has been the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich since 2010, said:

"It was a real honour to visit Thomas Wolsey and support the wonderful work they are doing with the support of its excellent sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust. “It was great to talk with Helen and her brilliant team about how they deliver every day for their students and I enjoyed taking questions from a group of very inquisitive and interested young people.

"I look forward to seeing Thomas Wolsey continue on its ongoing school improvement."


Picture caption: Q&A session with students and MP Dr Dan Poulter