Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT)
Birmingham, United Kingdom
About Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT)
About Ormiston Academies Trust
Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is one of the largest not-for-profit multi-academy trusts in England. Multi-academy trusts are charities that run schools that give local children a great education.
The Trust educates 29,000 pupils throughout England in 30 secondary schools, 7 primary schools and 1 special school and is one of the longest established trusts, sponsoring academies since 2009.
The mission is to become the Trust that makes the biggest difference, both inside and outside the classroom. It is also defined by three core purposes, which are to TEACH and DEVELOP pupils, which effect CHANGE so that schools can be created where no one is disadvantaged.
OAT has a central office in Birmingham and works closely with its academies throughout England, clustered into North, East, West and South regions. The senior team has a proven track record of designing and executing high-quality education at national, regional and institutional levels. This team is overseen by a board with a wealth of national experience and expertise in business and education policy-making, delivery, governance and finance.
Strong and aspirational leadership and teaching staff are central to our academies’ success, and OAT has always developed new leaders from within, with nearly a third of OAT academy leaders home grown. Additionally, to enhance the strength of our own talent, we recruit high-quality, external academy leaders and teaching staff with experience of raising aspirations and ensuring the highest standards of performance and behaviour. OAT is also proud to have a number of academy leaders nationally recognised for their excellence, including National Leaders in Education.
Achievement is always locally led but regionally and nationally governed, encouraged and supported, and the OAT approach seeks to combine a highly specialised hub with inspirational regional and institutional leadership. Individual academy leaders are trusted to make decisions based on their expertise and knowledge of their school. The small and expert central team works closely with academy principals and local governing bodies directly through a wide network of regional and local advisors.
“In my first year as a principal the level of support I have received from Ormiston Academies Trust has been superb. Knowing expertise and support is available exactly when and where we need it is completely reassuring.”- Principal, Ormiston Horizon Academy
“Ormiston Academies Trust and your local governing body provide you with effective support and challenge. There are strong links across the trust at both governance and leadership levels. This provides you, members of the governing body and school leaders with additional expertise, both when reviewing your progress and when planning for next steps.”- Ofsted Inspection, Ormiston Sudbury Academy, March 2018
OAT has a strong focus on both raising educational standards and giving students access to the kind of enrichment opportunities that all too often out of reach for the demographic the Trust serves. This commitment is evident at all levels and it has been an honour to see it in action today.- National Schools Commissioner