Academy Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to Ocean Academy, Poole. Our beautiful, nautically-themed junior academy sits a short walk away from Poole Harbour, serving a wide community.

We have high expectations here, focusing on three guiding principles: self-worth, engagement and purpose.

As Principal, I am passionate about leading a happy school where pupils, staff and parents work collaboratively to teach the children to be well-rounded individuals and uphold our core principles. My own values also align closely with Aspirations Academy Trust, which focuses on giving each child the tools to be successful in their future career.

I welcome you to explore our website to find out more information about us and welcome any tours of our wonderful school.

Mrs Duggan


Mrs Quarrie, Principal. Ocean Academy PooleI am immensely proud to be the Executive Principal at Ocean and to lead such a forward thinking and aspirational academy. 

Through our Guiding Principles of Self – Worth, Engagement and Purpose, we relentlessly strive to ensure that every child aspires to be the very best that they can be.  Our reputation for excellence in all areas is strong and our dedication to developing each child beyond the classroom and to offer them opportunities to apply their learning in real life situations is paramount to developing the knowledge and skills that enable our children to be resilient, be leaders and be active participants in their future. 

Ocean Academy has its ethos embedded in the Aspirations Academies core belief that for all children to have high aspirations they must believe in themselves, be actively engaged in their learning and see the connection between what they learn today and who they want to become tomorrow.

At Ocean Academy, we provide an enriched and challenging  curriculum where we are  bringing learning to life, with no limits and no barriers. We value ingenuity, creativity and risk taking.

We believe in developing ‘the whole child’ and ensure high expectations for social, emotional, physical, moral, cultural and academic growth.  It is important to us that the children at Ocean Academy are determined and believe in their abilities to succeed, whilst not being afraid to make a mistake or ‘have another go’.

Our children are excited by learning and with a strong pupil voice; they feel safe and highly valued.  In our latest OFSTED report, our personal development, behaviour and welfare was judged as being outstanding.

Our staff are recognised as being a strong team who encourage curiosity in an environment where everyone is respected. High levels of professional development are in place so that we can guarantee that our staff are working at the highest professional levels. The Aspirations Learning Institute also compliments this with its offer of academy support and national qualifications for all.

The facilities at Ocean Academy are modern and diverse. Our Creator Space has allowed us to take STEM teaching to the next level. We have secure connections with local secondary schools, universities and employers to ensure our education has purpose and future context.  We work closely with other local schools and community groups and regularly interact with the other academies within the Aspirations Academies group.

There are numerous opportunities for parents and carers to support the learning at Ocean Academy and we embrace the value of working closely with parents and the local community to uphold the collegiate approach that leads to successful, life-long learning and positive outcomes for our children.  In a recent parent survey, 100% of parents who responded said that they would recommend Ocean Academy to other parents.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or you would like to know more about our amazing academy.  We look forward to meeting you soon. Welcome to the Ocean Academy family!

Best Wishes

Mrs J Quarrie

Executive Principal

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