Ormiston Sudbury holds successful Open Week

Students and staff at Ormiston Sudbury Academy held a special ‘Open Week’ last week, opening its doors to prospective students, parents and the local community, to celebrate and showcase everything the Academy offers.

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A stream of visitors had the unique opportunity to have a taste of Ormiston Sudbury Academy life. Guests had access to a whole range of facilities and activities on offer at the Academy, with themed days taking place throughout the week.

'Accelerated Reader' classes took place, which is only one of the many literacy initiatives at the Academy, where every student from Year 7 to 9 are encouraged to regularly read with a quiz following to ensure their understanding. The Accelerated Reader initiative acts as a bridge for prospective Year 7 students joining the Academy; many local primaries follow the same initiative. 

For the day dedicated to prospective Year 7 students, two local primary schools – Long Melford Primary School and Great Waldingfield Primary School - had the opportunity to work with Ormiston Sudbury Academy’s Sports Leaders as part of the Development Festival, where the pupils played tag rugby in four groups, a sport which many had not played before.

The session allowed students to learn about movement, passing and build on their teamwork skills. The Sports Leaders also visited Hartest Primary School, where they ran a multi-sports club after school for students, which focused on tennis. 

A day in the Open Week was also dedicated to celebrating the journey and the success of the Academy’s Year 11 and Year 13 students. While the majority of the Year 11 students will be continuing their academic journey at Sudbury into the sixth form, it provided a brilliant opportunity to share their stories so far – many of whom are set to continue the success of last summer’s GCSE results. The Year 13 leavers shared their stories and next destinations with their teachers and peers, before they embark on their next steps to leading universities and beyond. Year 13 student Tonia Lawes, who is passionate about archaeology and is going on to University College London to study a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, gave a demonstration on how to use the theodolite, as well as showing some finds that the students made on their dig in Long Melford.

Visitors, friends and family were also given the chance to watch the Year 12 and 13 BTEC Performing Arts exam piece for the Musical Theatre Showcase.

The Academy is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and last year’s GCSE results showed further progress, with a six percentage point rise in the proportion of students achieving A* to C in both English and maths. 

Caroline Wilson, Principal at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, said: 

"We’ve been thrilled to open our doors to the community, so that parents and pupils can see for themselves the great work we do here at Ormiston Sudbury Academy on a daily basis. I’m so proud of all our staff and students for the warm welcome they gave to our guests and for continuing to deliver to the high standards which we now see as the norm here.

"Our guests commented on the calm and positive environment our Academy espouses and noted how keen students are to engage with their learning. It is easy for us to take this for granted as we experience it here each day."