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 will be moving 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. We will be welcoming our first cohort of girls in September 2021. The opportunities which the new school will offer are endless. We will be soon be enjoying purpose-built therapeutic spaces, 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, where any conflict is managed through mend it meetings and opportunities are given to repair relationships on every level.

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.

We are especially proud of our work with Digby, a chocolate Labrador puppy who has joined our team as a therapy dog in training. He loves coming to school every day and is the most popular member of staff. We have already seen the positive impact Digby has on the student community. He is helping to build self-esteem, self-regulation and supports students to develop communication skills.

I welcome school visits and look forward to meeting you soon.

Lynne Smith
Head Teacher