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Welcome to Ormiston Chadwick Academy or as we fondly call it, OCA. I am extremely proud and privileged to introduce myself as Principal of this dynamic, high achieving and forward-thinking school.


At OCA we pride ourselves on being an academy that makes the biggest difference to young people’s lives by laying the foundations to encourage a successful future. Everything we do, we do with our students and their curriculum at the heart of it.

Here at OCA, we set high expectations to ensure that every pupil excels across all aspects of academy life. Our intention is to ensure pupils make outstanding progress and that our bespoke curriculum removes any potential barriers to learning. We want our pupils to leave with the knowledge and skills that will not only create excellent life opportunities, but will also prepare them exceptionally well for life beyond the academy. We seek to achieve this through recognising and accepting that all our students are individuals; the caring, trusting and positive relationships are our core; our students feel safe and they are valued.

At OCA, we aim to develop inspirational, forward thinking young people who gain the skills, knowledge and qualifications to lead a happy and rewarding life. We want all of our students to feel part of our family and understand what it means to be a ‘true OCAer’. We do this through our core values of:

Originality – All our students are encouraged to think independently and creatively. Our students are able to create new and exciting beginnings; a ‘must have’ quality in our world today.

Community – Supportive relationships are at the heart of our OCA community. Just like any other community, our community members are unique, each contributing different qualities.  In addition to encouraging and supporting our students to take active roles in meaningful social interaction.

Aspiration – We encourage all of our students regardless of background or ability to have aspirations; supporting our students to achieve what they want from their education and their life is evident in our belief in all of our students.

Excellence –Our pupils are motivated and inspired to strive for excellence in all that they do and to live by our motto of ‘Age Quod Agis’ – Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability.’

Respect – Mutual respect is an essential value in our school; we endorse all students to respect each other, our staff and all sectors of our local community.

You are welcome to visit us any time.

Mrs J Lowry-Johnson