Ormiston Park Academy motivate their high achieving students by introducing them to inspirational stars
Aimhigher is a national programme, which aims to widen participation in higher education (HE) by raising HE awareness, aspirations and attainment among young people from under-represented groups. Ormiston Park Academy strive to push this programme upon their students who have the potential to achieve and fulfil their ambitions and, decide to partner the programme with a number of initiatives.
As part of the Aimhigher scheme this term, Ormiston Park Academy introduced their Year 9, 10 and 11 students to the Paralympic Olympian star Danny Crates. The students were inspired by Danny’s courage and determination after he gave them a number of talks on how to accomplish their dreams no matter what hurdles come their way. The students had the opportunity to speak to Danny afterwards, took pictures and even had the opportunity to hold his Gold medal!
Following the astonishing success of 2 of last year’s Year 11 students, Daria Zielinska and Paola Mursean, (2 international students originating from Romania and Paula originating from Poland, who both only joined the school in Year 8) who achieved 16 A*-A grades in their GCSE’s, Ormiston Park Academy have decided to run a number of intense programmes and introduce them to their students who are on the road to excelling in their GCSE’s, in the hope of gaining more and more sets of amazing results.
The role of Aimhigher is to:
Raise aspirations and motivation to enter HE among young people from under-represented groups
Raise attainment of potential students from under-represented groups so that they gain the academic or vocational qualifications that will enable them to enter HE
Strengthen progression routes into HE via vocational courses
Offer information, advice and guidance to potential students and their teachers and families
Since gifted children generally do exceptionally well on standardised tests, schools have little incentive to provide them with educational experiences that will allow them to progress academically, but now OPA have provided this, ready for the next set of over-achievers.
OPA see it as their responsibility to support the parents’ efforts to ensure that their children get a relevant, meaningful education.