Head Teacher’s Welcome

I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to our new website. Orion Academy was established in February 2020 and I feel very privileged to be leading a new school at the start of a very exciting journey, along with our fantastic staff and students.

We moved into our new school in September 2021: a state of the art building which will enable us to build our school community from 60 to 108 students in time and also become co-educational.  The opportunities which the new school will offer are endless. We enjoy purpose-built therapeutic spaces and vocational spaces, as well a new music studio, gym, sports hall and 6th form.

We believe that positive and healthy relationships are fundamental in ensuring that all students can thrive within our community. All our class sizes are small and led by a team of dedicated staff who work alongside the students all week. This ensures that there is a continuity of approach and opportunities for deep relationships are formed.

Our school community works within the principles of, ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’ and the students and staff work within restorative practices.

All our students have Education, Health and Care plans with a range of needs, but most significantly we work with those who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs, Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and other associated difficulties.

We believe that each student should be treated as an individual and we enjoy forming positive relationships with parents and carers to help us to understand each child and to be able to forge individual pathways to ensure the best outcomes.

We take our responsibilities as educators very seriously and aim to develop responsible and well-rounded citizens of the future.   

One of our unique features is our work with our school dog, Digby.  Digby loves coming to school every day and is undoubtedly a very popular member of our community. 

Thank you for your interest in our school.  Please do get in touch if you would like further information.  

Lynne Smith
Head Teacher