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Sudbury secondary school recognised for best practice in education

Ormiston Sudbury Academy has been recognised for best practice in education in a government document.

The Sudbury secondary school, which is part of Ormiston Academies Trust, features in The Parliamentary Review, a guide which highlights best practice across a variety of industries.

The 700-pupil school is described as a Best Practice Representative 2019 in the guide, with executive principal Caroline Wilson asked to contribute an article.

In it, she discusses the design of the academy’s curriculum and its aim to develop the workforce of the next generation.

She said: “It is both a benefit and a privilege to offer a good education to all students – we are all-inclusive and have the same high expectations of all our students.

“Being part of a trust allows us to develop links across other academies.”

She added: “As executive principal, my work gives me the chance to share good practice across a triad of academies and develop networking and in-house continued professional development.”

Commenting on the school being recognised for best practice in The Parliamentary Review, she said: “It is reassuring to know that the commitment we undertake on a day-to-day basis to ensure students are skilled and prepared for the world of work is recognised so widely.”

She said the academy believes learning should not stop in the classroom and the school was involved in a range of projects to enhance its teaching, including acting as the lead associate for the Royal Shakespeare Company for the Eastern region.

Through its collaborative approach, the school has also secured the a gold Arts Mark and school games gold award.

Mrs Wilson said all her staff felt it was an honour to work alongside students and to watch them develop and succeed.

“Our students go on to utilise their academic and creative skills and return to share with us their current experiences in further and higher education as well as in apprenticeships and posts,” she said.

“Students move on to Russell Group universities, drama schools, dance schools and conservatoires, as well as enrolling on apprenticeships.”

The Parliamentary Review is co-chaired by Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett.

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