Whoever you are and wherever you are from, the school celebrates your heritage. Pupils growing up in a very tough world need to be resilient. The structures are in place to promote resilience and support mental health. The school’s outstanding pastoral provision gives its children the confidence to pursue academic excellence.
There is good use of new technology, with translation apps an aid to good teaching and learning, not as a substitute for it. There is also a huge focus on an older technology known as printing. Everywhere you go in North Ormesby there are lots and lots of books, including dual language books in most of the languages spoken by pupils. Key visuals are also a central part of the school’s pedagogy.
A major strength of the school is its nurturing of new arrivals in mainstream classrooms. It also knows what it needs to do next, with training in LiLAC techniques for more advanced EAL learners a feature of the last year.
Towards the end of my visit, I talked to the six pupils who act as Young Interpreters. They were a diverse group who had been in the school for between one and six years. I asked them what to tell me what they thought was the best thing about the school. There were different words in the answers (I feel accepted, I am valued, people are kind to me, the adults always have time to help you) but the same message. At they very end of my visit I told the principal, Craig Nicholson, what his pupils had said. I think I saw the beginnings of a proud tear in his eye. And why not? North Ormesby Primary Academy really is a very special place