Ormerod Resource Base

SENSS Ormerod Resource Base

The SENSS Ormerod Resource Base is a purpose-built, specialist secondary provision situated within The Marlborough School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire. It provides specialist secondary support for students with Communication and Interaction Difficulties and Physical Disabilities as part of the SENSS countywide provision.

The partnership with The Marlborough School enables students to access the full range of educational opportunities ranging from full inclusion in mainstream classes to tailored learning according to the needs of the individual.

The students have severe learning difficulties as a result of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Speech & Language difficulties. These conditions have a massive effect on their ability to learn. Through the dedication and commitment of the staff in the base and the attitudes of the students themselves, we aim to overcome their barriers to learning. In addition to working with the National Curriculum, the students benefit from occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and swimming in a heated pool.

The aim of the Ormerod Base is to enable all students to develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally to the full extent of their potential. It fosters a realistic understanding of the students' abilities and disabilities and promotes high self esteem and a desire to take some control over their own lives.

I am extremely proud of the incredible hard work, creativity and originality of the Ormerod students and what they achieve. They are an absolute pleasure to work with and are an inspiration in the way they live with and overcome a disability and learning difficulty.

My sincere thanks must go to all the staff at the Ormerod Resource Base who show dedication second to none.

If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Miles Richards
Resource Base Co-ordinator

Telephone:  (01993) 814741

Fax:  (01993) 814748


Flash of Splendour Film

Steve Pratley has enjoyed a dynamic partnership with the Marlborough School for over 18 years, working weekly at the SENSS Ormerod Base with both individual students and groups. Steve, a musician and SEN consultant, and his wife, art historian and writer Anne Louise Avery, initiated Flash of Splendour which is dedicated to empowering disabled children and young people through music and the arts. In 2010, FOS and the Ormerod put on a groundbreaking exhibition of students' paintings at the Mary Ogilvie Gallery at St Anne's College, Oxford University: the accompanying catalogue included an introduction by David Cameron, the Prime Minister, who wrote that "these great examples of art and poetry will stir the imagination of everyone that sees them." Further acclaimed exhibitions followed in 2011 at DC Advisory Partners in the City; the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in Primrose Hill and the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock; at Grant Thornton Accountants in Oxford in 2012; and, in 2013, partnering Oxford and Exeter Universities, with an installation of Jacobean-inspired works in the middle of Wytham Woods.

From 2014-2016, we are working on the Children's Poly-Olbion - a Heritage Lottery and AHRC funded project which introduces Ormerod pupils to the 17th century poet laureate Michael Drayton's topographical poem Poly-Olbion (1612; 1622). Students' reinterpretions of Drayton's world - including maps, portraits, poetry, installations - will be showcased alongside 17th century books and artefacts, at the Royal Geographical Society in London in September 2015 and at Exeter University in October and November 2015.