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The Ongar Academy proves a popular choice 

Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Supporters,

The team and I have been delighted to meet over 500 prospective parents, carers and children at our recent Open Days held at the Academy’s confirmed site next to The Ongar Leisure Centre. This overwhelming support, coupled with the fact that The Ongar Academy is on track to be oversubscribed when applications close this Saturday 31st January, demonstrates the undeniable demand for our school.

We are also fortunate to have received significant interest from professionals interested in working at The Ongar Academy and our Staff Recruitment Fair, held last Saturday, attracted over 70 teachers and support staff. So far, nearly 200 highly qualified staff have registered online with us. I have no doubt we will be spoilt for choice as we recruit the high quality staff our students deserve.


My team and I have been so grateful for all of the positive comments we have received. We are creating a truly inspirational place to teach and learn, with excellent staff and first-rate buildings. Clearly, The Ongar Academy is becoming the school of choice for Chipping Ongar and the surrounding villages.

Please click on the image below to watch our new video and find out the five things you need to know about The Ongar Academy.

Headteacher's Welcome Message

Thank you for your continued support.

David Grant


Pictures from our Open Days


Apply for a Year 7 place by Saturday 31st January

An application to The Ongar Academy is a risk-free choice for 2015 as applications are made in addition to the usual Local Authority process. This gives parents and carers the chance to be offered two places on National Offer Day on 2nd March, one from The Ongar Academy and one through the Local Authority. They can then choose which to accept.

Application numbers are extremely strong, especially from the schools most local to us, but it is not too late for parents to submit an application. Those wishing to apply for a Year 7 place for September 2015 can do so via our website by 31st January 2015.


If you have any queries before applying for a Year 7 place at The Ongar Academy, please leave your details on 01277 286255 or email before Saturday 31st January and we will be in touch. 

Register your interest in a place for 2016 onwards

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“Just attended your second Open Day and would like to say how incredibly impressed I was. David is an inspiring speaker/educator and the whole team are so passionate and committed to their vision of providing a school of excellence for Ongar. It's a no-brainer!”

Parent, The Ongar Academy Facebook page


We’re recruiting!

The Ongar Academy seeks to recruit the highest calibre of staff in all areas of the school and we are currently advertising for the following positions:

  • Assistant Headteacher
  • Faculty Leader: Maths & Computing
  • Subject Leader: French or Spanish
  • Subject Leader: Computing

The closing date for job applications is 5th February 2015.


If you would like to chat informally about these opportunities, please leave your details at 01277 286255 or email us at

Please register your details to be informed of further staff vacancies at The Ongar Academy.

Register your details


PSA success

The newly-formed Parent and Supporters' Association (PSA) signed up an incredible 37 new members at our recent Open Days. These parents and other members of the community will work together on local teams led by the founding members of the PSA to support and promote The Ongar Academy in your area.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email your details to Pete Marchant at 


"This is a very exciting development for the Academy as we are working together to make sure that the school belongs to the community it serves.

"Thank you to the founding members for all their hard work  to date, and welcome aboard to all new members of the PSA team." 

Pete Marchant,
Chair of Governors


Information Centre

Our Information Centre, located at 172 High Street, Ongar, is now open from 9.00am - 4.30pm, from Monday to Friday (other times available by arrangement).

Please call 01277 286255 or email to book an appointment. We hope to see you there!

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Kind regards
The Ongar Academy Team


Photos © Roy Strutt Photography