Ormiston Academies: Updates

The second round of exciting updates from OAT schools are outlined below!

Ormiston Park Academy basketball mentoring

Ormiston Park Academy has appointed Diana Naydenova, professional basketball player and European Championship finalist, as their new basketball coach.

Ms. Naydenova provides a wealth of experience, with over 25 years playing professional basketball in Italy, Croatia and Bulgaria. She will also serve as a great inspiration for students at the academy who aspire to play basketball professionally.

Ms. Naydenova will assist in running the new Ormiston Park Academy Basketball Excellence Programme (OPABEP). This new programme enables students to reach their full potential as well as playing and training at a US collegiate programme standard.

The programme is free to all students and open to all ages and abilities. The programme is designed to help student atheles follow a structured pathway to reach club or national team level. The programme has been arranged to work around academic timetables to allow students athletes to priorities learning.

This presents a great opportunity for Ormiston Park Academy students for world-class training in what is now a sport riding in popularity in the UK.

To read more about the programme at Ormiston Park Academy, click here.

Ormiston Rivers Academy Summer School 

Ormiston Rivers Academy celebrated great success in their recent “Summer Schools” programme, supporting students transitioning from Year 6 to secondary school.

These summer schools were offered to each student over the summer holidays for two weeks in the month of August. During these summer schools, students were able to meet with new teachers, support staff and peers and they were also told about the wide variety of opportunities that will be available to them at the academy. Students also were provided with activities and taster sessions in different subjects and fun experiences ranging from baking to arts and crafts to animal experiences, as well as daily snacks, nutritious lunches and a Friday ice cream treat.

Parental feedback was extremely positive and many were grateful their child was given an opportunity over the summer holidays to settle into their new environment prior to the start of the new academic year.

Principal Jo Williams said: “It is great to see how the summer school has provided invaluable support for our new Year 7 students, to feel comfortable and confident in their new environment.

To read more about her statement on the Summer Schools and more positive feedback from parents click here.