Principal’s Message

Welcome to Wodensborough Ormiston Academy.
  • We are a truly inclusive school. A family. A caring community, who support and work collaboratively in the best interests of every young person to support them on their learning journey.We are a popular and oversubscribed 11-16 mainstream school with the additional expertise and facilities to include 3 focused SEND provisions for young people on the autistic spectrum, deaf and hearing impaired (ARC and Deaf Academy). Our small and bespoke 6th Form, WOA6, caters for students in Years 12 and 13 who have EHCPs.Education is, I believe, the key to opportunity. As Principal, I have the very highest expectations of, and for, all and am uncompromising in my view that the students must be at the very heart of all we do.
  • My vision – Believe, Achieve, Succeed – is more than just a phrase. It is a systematic approach to raising aspirations and standards which is underpinned by my unwavering commitment to improving the life chances of young people in Sandwell. I thank our local community for their steadfast support since I took up post and sincerely look forward to further engaging with parents, local schools, employers and community groups to continue to provide our students with the support, skills and experience they need to have a successful future.
  • At WOA, our Core Values are living, breathing principles which are reflected in our everyday work.
  • These values are very much akin to my own ethos and belief that every child can achieve their potential through an inclusive education and that school has a moral responsibility to nurture and shape the individual:
  • Being ready to learn
  • Working together with mutual respect
  • Caring for each other and our environment
  • Living a safe and healthy lifestyle
  • Striving for a successful future
  • At WOA, we believe that every child has the potential to achieve and we expect nothing but the best for each and every one of our students. Through our curriculum, we aim to provide an excellent education for all our students; an inclusive education which raises aspirations and brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in education and later life. Our curriculum is progressive and designed to provide children with the core knowledge they need for success along their learning journey.
  • We have a team of dedicated, specialist curriculum and student welfare staff who work together to ensure that the needs of each individual child can be met. We work closely with our local community – families, schools, businesses and community groups with a shared common priority – our students who are front, back and centre of every decision we make at WOA.
  • As a result of the hard work, dedication and commitment of students, staff and our local community we are proud to share some of our more recent achievements with you:
  • In 2019 Ofsted stated that: “The determined, committed hard work and resilience of the principal and the senior team have improved the school.”
  • In 2020 HMI stated that: “The school’s vision is ‘Believe, Achieve, Succeed’. Staff and pupils embody this vision. Pupils are well behaved and polite. Many have excellent attitudes to learning because they trust the teachers to help them do the best they possibly can.”
  • We are full and oversubscribed for the 3rd year running.
  • Our attendance has increased at a faster rate than other schools nationally and despite the recent challenges all schools have faced as a result of the global pandemic.
  • We have maintained a continued upward trend of improved outcomes for pupils!
  • Finally, we have an open-door policy within the school, with a calendar of events which will provide you with an opportunity to see for yourselves what makes WOA so special. We actively encourage our families and our local community to come in to school and to meet with the team and myself.
  • We believe that we all have an important part to play in raising standards – come in, meet the team and join us on our journey!

Leigh Moore, Principal