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Welcome to Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy which is an


“Outstanding” academy for children aged from 3-16 with physical and/or sensory needs.


We are co-located with Ormiston Endeavour Academy. 


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 Tel 01473 467600

 Defoe Road, Ipswich, IP1 6SG







Why Do We Need Your Support? 


Like many schools, we have many costs that we can’t meet through local authority funding and so we rely on charitable donations for a lot of the really important work we do. 

We pride ourselves on our fantastic staff, and the ratio of staff to children is very high in order to give our pupils the very best care. This means that our staffing costs are much higher than in a mainstream school, so much of our work must be funded by other means. 

Everyday activities that other children take for granted, such as going to a youth club or sports club, going to the cinema, or simply hanging out with friends, can be really difficult to manage for many of our children and impossible for some. Supported activities are vital to enable our pupils to live a life that is as active as possible within their abilities, reach their full potential, and help them to be a part of our wider community and society. 

IMG 2970In addition to this, we have greater need of equipment than a mainstream school, because of the severe and complex needs of our children. This can range from the basic, such as manual handling aids to help move pupils in and out of wheelchairs through to cutting-edge technology such as eye gaze machines, which enable children to express themselves by using their eyes to select words and phrases on a screen. 

Because we have to raise funds to pay for all these things, your support is vital to our mission of developing confident, happy young people who can make their own decisions and to play a full part in their local community and the wider world.



Here are some reasons why people have raised funds for us:


 GMBR 2013 036“George was born on 28th June 2002 and diagnosed as having cerebral palsy at 4 months old.  George started in the Nursery at Thomas Wolsey School in September 2005.  The school became an important part of our family life and the staff were very supportive and informative with practical advice on how to help George progress. When George died unexpectedly in March 2012 we, his family, wanted to give something back to the fantastic Thomas Wolsey School that supported George's needs so well.”

Anna Hutchings, mum of George, coordinated fundraising efforts that raised thousands towards creating a new outdoor classroom and sensory garden for his old class.

Nicky Ashworth Great North Run


“I have NEVER met such a group of dedicated supportive and fantastic staff, who provide care and education for children with such diverse needs - it is incredible how each child, (however different their needs are from the next), is treated as an individual and supported as such, whilst feeling part of "normal" school environment!”






Nicky Ashworth, mum of Millie, did the Great North Run in September 2013, raising over £800 for the school.