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Message from the Principal

21st March 2020

Dear friends,

Yesterday was quite frankly the most devastating day during my time in education. Saying goodbye to our Y11’s was heartbreaking and extremely emotional. The thought that we may never get them together as a year again has hit us all hard. We will, however, arrange the best Prom ever as soon as it is safe to come together.

As our other year groups left there was clearly a sense of confusion and fear about what happens next. I have every faith in our government to guide us through this crisis and advise us on what we can do to keep everyone safe. It broke my heart to say to our younger students that we won’t be able to see them until this virus is defeated. We are a close community at OSSMA and I know we will all do our bit to ensure those who are most vulnerable are cared for, loved and supported. If we all pull together and follow the expert’s advice I am convinced that we will beat this greatest challenge since World War 2. As a nation, we are known the world over for our ability to overcome adversity and come together, because we understand the importance of community and national spirit. That’s what made Britain Great! If things get tougher before they improve I know you will all remember what a great community we are and reach out for help should it be required. Keep an eye on those who are most at risk.

As you all know I have always promoted the greatest gift (next to having our children) of education. Can I please implore you all to ensure that your children do all the work set for them by our teachers. Our city could be at risk and its future is in the hands of our young people. By continuing to learn whilst at home is crucial to all our children as the time away may never be caught up and I want all our young people to have the best possible education in order that they have a choice of career in their adult life. Working at home can support that life chance and I want everyone at our school to not lose out by not falling behind.

Finally, I know that many families will be terrified about the uncertainty and how they will make ends meet. Please keep in contact with us because we have staff in for vulnerable children and children of families who are key workers. I know the government are doing all they can for our workforce but this may not be enough for some and so we will use our website and social media platforms to inform you where you can seek additional support and advice.

I can assure you OSSMA will do everything it can to help get us through this crisis.

Stay safe.

Mark Stanyer

Our students, teachers, parents and governors, form one big OSSMA family who work together to ensure that achievement and enrichment are the central aspects of our daily life together. We are committed to go the extra mile to ensure the best for our young people and achieving our vision that:

“All OSSMA students will be exceptional learners, experiencing a world class education”.

We aim to provide the best experiences to our students, whether through academic work, competing in sport, participating in drama or by seeing the world. This helps them to shape their course as they move from school through to university and then on into their adult lives.

Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy is a Good school with Outstanding Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, as judged by our recent Ofsted and we have been designated as a National Support School and our Principal, Mark Stanyer, as a National Leader of Education.

As a National Leader of Education, the Principal is able to conduct Pupil Premium reviews and as a National Support School, we are able to offer support for the development of senior and middle leadership and also teaching and learning.

Should any school or academy wish to utilise these offers, please contact Mrs Emma Smith, PA to the Principal.

We are proud of how far OSSMA has advanced since becoming an Ormiston academy in 2010 and we will continue to improve the opportunities for our young people that will equip them for modern life, and to have no ceiling on their aspirations.

Mark Stanyer, Executive Principal


Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy is “Good with Outstanding Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare”

The new Ofsted framework expects very high standards and our judgement shows that we deliver a high quality education day in day out.

To view the full Ofsted report please click here or to see the Department for Education’s school performance tables click here.

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