It is my privilege to be the Headteacher of a school with such a highly regarded reputation not only for academic success but also for developing and nurturing its young people to become outstanding individuals.
Ovingham Middle School opened its doors in 1976 as a three form entry school designed to be a stepping stone between our three First Schools and the High School. It was to offer tailored pastoral care for the young people of Ovingham and the surrounding areas in a context that understood their specific age needs. It was also going to provide a transitional education that was designed to be rewarding and challenging.
It may be nearly 40 years ago, and a lot has changed in education since then, but Ovingham Middle School is still a fully subscribed three form entry school of 358 pupils and it is still here for those same reasons. We firmly place pastoral care, and ability to nurture and develop our pupils through this transitional age, at the heart of our educational philosophy. We welcome you into our family to feel what we mean by that.
As the Headteacher, in the changing world of education, I am aware of the pressures of academic success, parent choice, league tables, wider curriculum developments and readiness for GCSE’s. We are a ‘Good’ School (OFSTED 2012) and on a journey, we believe, to Outstanding. Our results are some of the highest in the Northumberland at KS2 SATS and our progress over the 4 years is well above national average. We provide a broad and rich curriculum with a mixture of specialist secondary and primary trained teachers. This enables us to provide a smooth transition between the traditional KS2 and KS3 curriculums which our parents value and support. It also means we can be creative, taking the best from both primary and secondary systems. Every member of staff here expects our pupils to not only give their best, but go beyond in every opportunity we offer, be it academic, field trips, sporting, musical or residential.
We are extremely proud of our heritage, our commitment to extra-curricular activities, our results and our reputation but we take more pride in the futures of our pupils, knowing we were part of their journey.
Please explore our website. If you would like any further information or to arrange a tour of the school please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mr A. Bennett