On Monday 7th October Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy was very proud to host a ceremony to officially open its multi-million pound new building.
The celebrations took place in the presence of The Worshipful the Mayor of Halton Councillor, Margaret Ratcliffe, Guest Speaker, comedian and actor, John Bishop, as well as invited guests from around the country, staff and students.
The new building has seen a huge transformation in the facilities and opportunities available to OBA’s students. The Academy now has its own Sixth Form College, Sixth Form Café, Hairdressing Salon, Fashion House Fitness suite, Theatre, Dance Studio, open plan Learning Street, Debating Chamber, state of the art Science Laboratories and a Science Plaza, as well as newly designed classrooms both in the new build and in the former building.
Guests heard Principal, John Rigby’s, presentation on the achievements of OBA since opening in 2010 and its huge rise to success in three years. He celebrated the GCSE results this year, which increased by a massive 20% and were the best in Runcorn, as well as the 100% pass rate at A Level since opening.
Distinguished guests from the local community were also joined by dignitaries from Ormiston Academies Trust. Chairman of the Trust, Peter Murray OBE, spoke about how OBA goes more than the extra mile to change children’s life chances saying:
“Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is a great example of what Ormiston is trying to achieve, and the opportunities they offer are outstanding. The academy’s transformation shows how hard work and dedication can give young people the opportunity to flourish, whatever their circumstances. I am extremely proud of the outstanding achievements of your children and what they have done to ensure that Ormiston Bolingbroke sustains its place as the flagship academy in Runcorn.”
All present were delighted to hear Guest Speaker and former student, John Bishop, speak from the heart about the vast amount of opportunities OBA offers its students. As he toured the building, John was amazed by the range of skills and confidence displayed by students and was also happy to coach some of them in their dramatic skills. A Year 8 class rehearsing for a performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet were lucky enough to benefit from John’s advice. Ms. Carden, Drama Teacher said:
“Having John meet our students was amazing. For him to coach them was an even greater honour. The advice he gave them was inspirational and the students were in awe of his many skills as an actor, as well as his obvious comic talent. What a privilege it was for us all to meet him and benefit from his vast experience.”
After the unveiling of the plaque, a balloon launch and tours around the school, guests were then able to mingle with students again in the many showcase activities taking place in the Learning Street.
Mr Rigby, Principal, said “The atmosphere during the celebrations was wonderful and I am very proud of the excellent comments we received from so many people from our own communities and beyond. It was a delight to have John Bishop, The Mayor of Halton, Ormiston Academies Trust, Balfour Beatty and so many other special guests present to witness our outstanding achievements in our brilliant new building. OBA has come a very long way in the last three years, has gone from strength to strength and will continue to do so. The stunning work that the staff and students of OBA produce on a daily basis never ceases to amaze me.”