Ormiston Sudbury Academy

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Ormiston Sudbury Academy
Ormiston Sudbury Academy Logo Black.png
Established 1972 (SUS) 2012 (OSA)
Type Academy
Principal Mrs Caroline Wilson
Location Tudor Road
CO10 1NW
Coordinates: 52°02′51″N 0°44′03″E / 52.0474°N 0.7341°E / 52.0474; 0.7341
Students 944
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Colours Teal Blue
Sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust
Website ormistonsudburyacademy.co.uk

Ormiston Sudbury Academy is an 11–18 secondary school in the town of Sudbury, Suffolk.[1] The school was established in 1972 as Sudbury Upper School, following the country wide introduction of the comprehensive school system, to serve the expanding town of Sudbury, and its surrounding villages. Sudbury Upper School was an amalgamation of Sudbury Grammar School, the High School for Girls and the Secondary Modern School. The school became an Academy in 2012, operated by the Ormiston Academies Trust.[2]

The Academy has a student population of approximately 944, with 180 in the sixth form.[1] It school draws students from three pyramid feeder middle schools, Uplands Middle School and All Saints Middle School in Sudbury, and from Clare Middle School. In addition, the school attracts students from outside its catchment area.[3] The academy specialises in Performing Arts.

The school has achieved several notable national awards, including the Schools' Curriculum Award (1990 and 1997), the School Achievement Award (2002 and 2003), Investors in People Standard, Sport England's Sportsmark, and Artsmark.[4]

School site[edit]

Ormiston Sudbury Academy.

Accommodation includes a separate performing arts block, a sports centre open to the public and an extension housing the modern foreign languages and mathematics departments. Building of a new vocational teaching block on the site to house construction was completed in September 2008.[5]

Extracurricular and partnership work[edit]

The school has a wide range of extracurricular activities including many related to sport and the performing arts. Many music events are held each year.

The school is works closely with Thomas Gainsborough School, to enable students to access a wider curriculum across both sites, particularly at post-16. Students from both schools use the vocational facilities.

Notable incidents at Sudbury Upper School[edit]

Sudbury Upper School made the national news in 2005 when six 15-year-old pupils took pictures of themselves in the toilets in bras and posted them on the internet,[6] and in August 2007 when a former maths teacher was sentenced to a year's imprisonment after pleading guilty to six counts of abusing a position of trust.[7] In spring 2008, a supply teacher was filmed on a camera phone removing his shirt in a cover lesson at the school. As soon as the headteacher found out, the gentleman was asked to leave the premises immediately and was banned from working in schools in Suffolk.[8]


  1. ^ a b Sudbury Upper School and Arts College, Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 10 June 2007
  2. ^ Brennan, Emma (11 September 2012). "Sudbury: New head in pledge to raise standards". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  3. ^ [1] Sudbury Town Council. Retrieved 11 July 2007
  4. ^ Schools in the East receive most Artsmark Gold awards in the country, Arts Council, 9 June 2004
  5. ^ Upper schools' bold new link, Suffolk Free Press, 12 January 2007
  6. ^ Levy, Andrew (21 April 2005). "Schoolgirls put pictures on the Internet". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  7. ^ Levy, Andrew (8 August 2007). "Wife uncovered teacher's affair with pupil he texted 200 times". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Stripping supply teacher banned". BBC News. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2008. 

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