About Ormiston Academies Trust

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Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is a leading, not-for-profit, multi-academy trust which has been sponsoring primary and secondary academies across the country since 2009, and which champions the academic achievement and all-round development of the 30,000 young people it serves. OAT is part of Ormiston Trust, a national charity formed in 1969 to improve the life-chances of children and young people so they can fulfil their potential and lead happy and productive adult lives.


OAT’s vision is to provide students with access to the highest academic, social and practical skills required to achieve their full potential. Working across the country in 40 academies, OAT is determined to become the Trust that makes the biggest difference, both inside and outside the classroom. It has always tackled the toughest challenges in education and is now moving to the next level, so that even more children and young people can benefit from the high-quality education within the network. OAT is one of the leading academy sponsors in the country and is playing an increasingly significant role in the development and delivery of the education strategy nationally. Find out more about our academies here.


OAT has a central office in Birmingham and works closely with its academies throughout England, clustered into north, east, west and south regions. A map of their locations is available here. There is also an additional office in Wolverhampton situated at Ormiston NEW academy. 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. Explore our Strategy 2019-2023 here.


Your leadership journey with OAT


Strong and aspirational leadership is central to our academies’ success, and OAT has always developed new leaders from within, with nearly a third of OAT academy leaders being home-grown. Additionally, to enhance the strength of our own talent, we recruit high-quality, external academy leaders 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.


OAT has a strong commitment to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of all staff, including our Principals. Our comprehensive regional and national CPD offer is designed to develop and retain talented staff in our schools. We run a large number of CPD development networks, specialist training, briefings, meetings and forums/events at all levels to share information and best practice. Our CPD programme is built around emerging needs, subject specific content and leadership development, with all programmes involving explicit discussion, reflection and research. National training is available at all levels with the opportunity for Principals to complete the NPQH and NPQEL programmes, as well as being involved in regional and trust wide school improvement projects.


Successful applicants will be able to contribute to the further development of the network, as well as leadership of their own academy.