Ormerod Resource Base
SENSS Ormerod Resource Base
The Ormerod Resource Base is a purpose-built hub for young people with disabilities in the Marlborough School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, run by the Oxfordshire SEN Service. It provides support for young people with physical disabilities and Autism Spectrum Condition to enable them to access mainstream school through lesson and homework support as well as specialist support services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and specialist teachers.
We are part of the team that enables all students to develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. We foster a realistic understanding of the students' abilities and disabilities and work together with the young people, their families, teachers and outside agencies to promote high self-esteem and realise high expectations.
It is a great privilege to serve our young people and include them in the life of our school. By working together we overcome barriers to learning that many disabled young people face.
If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Resource Base Co-ordinator
Resource Base Teacher
Telephone: (01993) 814741
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.