Ormiston Rivers Academy celebrates as Ofsted rates it Good

Continued improvements have transformed the ethos of the school.

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Ormiston Rivers Academy has maintained its position as one of the top education providers in the area after Ofsted said the school was Good – and that the continuing improvements have transformed the ethos of the school.

The report confirms the school’s upward trend since it joined Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) in 2011, when the predecessor school had been judged only “Satisfactory”. This latest achievement comes after Ormiston Rivers celebrated its most successful year of GCSE results this year, with a record 70% of students achieving A*-C GCSEs in English and Maths.

Inspectors praised the Academy, in Burnham-on-Crouch, for its “effective teaching and leadership”, the high aspirations of students and the “tireless work” of staff. The report also highlights the high-quality support Rivers has received from OAT, which has “made a real difference in helping you to raise standards.”

The academy’s leadership team was commended for “maintaining good quality of education in the school” and “working tirelessly to raise the aspirations of pupils, staff and the community”, which inspectors say has resulted in the academy being an industrious environment where "staff and pupils work together harmoniously and without complacency".

Teaching at the academy was a central focus of the praise, described as “effective in enabling students to do well”. The report also highlighted:

  • The good and sometimes better progress students make, despite many starting at the school with lower than average attainment
  • The Academy’s ability to “talent-spot” teaching talent, with many of its high-quality staff “home-grown” who receive strong support from mentors so that they are “constantly improving”
  • How staff “buzz with energy and enthusiasm” and are proud to be part of the Rivers team
  • The Academy is popular with parents
  • “Disadvantaged pupils’ achievement is improving”
  • “Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities achieve well.”
  • Many students continue into the sixth form, and the sixth form leader is “thoughtful about students’ aspirations when creating a well-thought out curriculum… delivering real improvements and not just quick fixes.” Inspectors noted that increasing numbers of students are getting into some of the best universities in the country.

Joan Costello, Principal at Ormiston Rivers Academy, said:

“We are delighted to receive such a positive Ofsted. Our ‘Good’ rating reflects the hard work and energy that the staff, students and whole school community have put in to the academy. I would like to thank everyone for the part they have played in the Academy’s success so far.

“We are committed to continuing to deliver the highest quality of education that every student at Ormiston Rivers Academy deserves – and look forward to continuing on our journey towards Outstanding.”

Toby Salt, CEO at Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

“We are delighted that Ormiston Rivers Academy continues its ongoing success.

“The latest Ofsted report is a reflection of the excellence that takes place day in day out at Ormiston Rivers Academy to ensure all its students receive a first-class education.”