About us

Background

When Fiona Ormiston Murray and her husband tragically died on their honeymoon in 1968, her family were devastated. Fiona had loved children and it was no secret that she was excited about starting her own family. In response the family sought to create a lasting memorial. Her father George and brother Peter, therefore started a charitable trust devoted to enabling children and families to fulfil their potential.’

Ormiston Trust is a grant-making trust that is not open to applications. It works strategically in its areas of interest which are principally with schools and organisations supporting children, young people and families.

“We envision a future where all children and young people can lead fulfilling lives.”

Mission

Our mission is to invest in the delivery of high quality programmes through children’s services and academies that will improve the life skills of the young people and families they support.

To achieve this mission, we work in close partnership with Ormiston Families and Ormiston Academies Trust who are able to deliver effective programmes to the young people and families.

“We improve the life chances of children and young people by partnering with and investing in schools, charities and organisations who share our goals”

 

Ormiston Trust is committed to:

Value 1: Empower each other

  • We work with, not for people
  • We value parity, not charity
  • We support people to become more confident, self-reliant and engaged in decision-making

Value 2: Deliver results

  • We strive for continuous improvement of services in the organisations we support
  • We make the best use of resources
  • We are not afraid to fund and develop innovative projects that reflect our vision, mission and values

Value 3: Care for people

  • We develop caring and supportive relationships that foster wellbeing
  • We listen to and respond the views of our stakeholders

Value 4: Sustain success

  • We monitor our impacts as well as our outcomes and embed lessons learnt
  • We keep on living all the values so we can sustain success

Our History

1981
Ormiston Trust opened its first children’s centre in 1981 and has continued to grow ever since
1981
1990
NEWMARKET CHILDREN AND FAMILIES PROJECT OPENED
IMAGE: Opening of the Newmarket Centre
1990
1992
PETER MURRAY MET DAVID WRIGHT OF SAVE THE CHILDREN
Lady Tollemache became patron of the charity and today is the charity’s president. Peter Murray met David Wright and Mark Taylor of Save the Children (SCF) and a partnership agreement was signed for the running of a service and visitor centre at HMP Norwich to support children visiting their fathers.

IMAGE: Peter Murray with David Wright of Save the Children
1992
1993
A VISIT FROM PRINCESS ANNE
Princess Anne visited the Robert Milne Centre in Ipswich and the Newmarket Children and Families Project.
1993
1995
OPENING OF ORMISTON CENTRE IN COLCHESTER
Trevor Brooking MBE opened The Ormiston Centre in Colchester, which enabled the charity to continue working with Sporting U’s, a children’s sporting charity.

IMAGE: Lady Tollemache with Trevor Brooking MBE
1995
1996
THE FIRST ANNIVERSAY OF THE OPENING OF THE ORMISTON CENTRE
Ethel and Peter Murray celebrate the first annivesary of the Ormiston Centre in Colchester.

IMAGE: Kinship article 1996
1996
1998
PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST
Anuual Report and Accounts. 'Spending on children and families has increased even faster: by more than 20% overall, of which nearly 92% was a direct charitable expenditure.'

IMAGE: Putting Children First 1998 doc
1998
2000
ORMISTON CHILDREN & FAMILIES TRUST ANNUAL REVIEW 2000
Income from government and local authorities recorded to have grown by 30% in this year.
2000
2001
JOINTLY FUNDED NOMS CONTRACT WAS INITIATED
Ormiston Families operates National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Visits Experience contract in prisons across the East of England. Jointly funded by Lankelly, Ormiston Trust and the Home Office.
2001
2002
MAKING FATHERS MATTER
2002
2003
ORMISTON: THE FIRST DECADES
A personal Account by Sue Blake
2003
2005
VISITING MY DAD
This book was made with the help of children and young people who were experiencing life with their Dad in prison. Published by the Ormiston Children & Families Trust.
2005
2006
THE FIRST ORMISTON ACADEMY WAS SET UP
It was agreed with the DfES that instead of sponsorship being used towards the new building, it be spent on developing extended school projects. Therefore Gateway Academy was the first of its kind in the country, and was launched by the Ormiston Trust.
2006
2006
TIME FOR FAMILIES
Positive outcomes for children & families of offenders using Ormiston services in prisons and community.
2006
2007
THE ORMISTON RACING WELFARE RACE DAY
Fundraising in style!
2007
2009
ORMISTON ACADEMIES TRUST WAS FOUNDED
'OAT academies share the Ormiston Academies Trust ethos of ensuring every child reaches their full potential; being aspirational and committed to academic excellence and being supportive yet courageous in our approach.' - Ormiston Academies Trust website
2009
2009
DUNCAN MURRAY JOINS ORMISTON TRUST AS A TRUSTEE
Duncan is currently the Global Shareholding Reporting Manager for Prudential plc. He has previously held positions working for BlackRock, Deutsche Bank, Tudor Capital LLP and Credit Suisse.
2009
2010
THE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM IS INCORPERATED INTO ORMISTON ACADEMIES
Ormiston Trust has a strong commitment to extended services, rooted in its vision “to improve the life chances for young people so they can fulfil their potential and lead happy and productive lives”.
2010
2011
DIANA MURRAY JOINS ORMISTON TRUST AS A TRUSTEE
Di's career began in the Foreign Office, and has extending all over the world from Hong Kong where she set up a Welfare Office for 8,000 Vietnamese Boat People in a Refugee Camp, to London and New York where she worked for a PR Agency with the Director on a number of high profile accounts. Di served for several years on The Children's Society and NSPCC Fundraising Committees. She worked as a Citizens Advice Bureau Adviser for 5 years. She latterly taught in higher education both main stream students and those with Learning Disabilities.
2011
2012
THE ORMISTON TRUST BURSARY FUND WAS LAUNCHED.
The aim of the Bursary Fund is to ensure that an individual’s household income is not a barrier to participation in enrichment activities. A broad and balanced curriculum is needed to give pupils skills and confidence to succeed in the future. For this to happen, education must extend beyond the classroom.

IMAGE: Pictured are three students from Ormiston Park Academy reaching the Microsoft Office Software World Championships in 2016
2012
2012
STEVE MACLEOD JOINS ORMISTON TRUST AS A TRUSTEE
Steve was the founder and Managing Director of the Cameron Scott Group, which by 2007 was a broad based financial Services Business with an independent financial services arm, a specialist Healthcare business plus AXA’s largest Appointed Representative business in the UK, managing over 10,000 clients. Steve now runs a specialist Wealth Management firm dealing with family trust arrangements and individual private clients.
2012
2014
ORMISTON TRUST LAUNCHES MAD FUND
The Ormiston Trust offer up to £1,000 of funding per Ormiston Academy for a group of students to design and run a project to bring about change.
2014
2014
ORMISTON REACHES 30 SPONSERED ACADEMIES!
All around the country!
2014
2014
ORMISTON CHILDREN FAMILY TRUST CHANGES NAME...
To... Ormiston Families!
2014
2015
DAVID CAMERON VISITS AN ACADEMY
Prime Minister David Cameron described Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy as "a beacon of opportunity"
2015
2016
ORMISTON TRUST LAUNCHES THE COLLABORATIVE FUND
In summary this fund is a new one year fund which will support collaborative projects between groups of 4 or more Ormiston Academies focused on enrichment or cocurricula activities.

IMAGE: In 2016 more than 600 students participated in the first collaborative Ormiston Academies Trust 'Road to Rio' Olympic Games, which this year was held at the Northwood Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent.
2016
2016
IAN BROOKMAN JOINS ORMISTON TRUST AS A TRUSTEE
Ian has been involved with Ormiston Trust and Ormiston Families since the early 1990s. Ian also specialises in financial and governance consultancy in the charity and broader not-for-profit sectors.
2016
2016
ORMISTON FAMILIES CELEBRATES THEIR 35TH ANNIVERSARY!
The event was hosted by Lord Deben. He and his wife Penny have been hugely supportive to Ormiston Familes.

IMAGE: Charlotte Wright and Anne Taylor from Ormiston Trust enjoying the celebrations!
2016
2017
ORMISTON TRUST'S BUSY TWITTER PAGE!
Where the work continues to grow...
2017
2018
OAT SECURES LANDMARK £2M FUNDING FOR SOCIAL ACTION PROJECTS!
Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) has secured £2 million funding, thanks to the #iwill Fund. The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the #iwill campaign – to make involvement in social action a part of life for young people, by recognising the benefit for both young people and their communities. The £1m funding has been awarded to OAT through the #iwill Fund, made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Ormiston Trust contributed another £1 million as we strive to improve the life chances of children and young people.
2018
2018
ORMISTON TRUST LAUNCHES THE LEADING LIGHTS PROJECT
Ormiston Trust, together with the Association of Sail Training Oranisations, The Honourable Company of Master Mariners and Trinity House, partnered together to create a unique and exciting project. The Leading Lights Project gave Year 9 & 10 students from Ormiston academies, the opportunity to participate in a sailing adventure with inspirational leaders in business. Ormiston Trust 2019 38 ACADEMIES IN THE OAT NETWORK The numbers continue to grow! Ormiston Academies Trust currently sponsors 38 academies nation-wide, comprising 30 secondary, seven primary schools and one all-through, special school.

IMAGE: Leading Lights 2018 Mentor Penny with two students
2018
2019
38 ACADEMIES IN THE OAT NETWORK
The numbers continue to grow! Ormiston Academies Trust currently sponsors 38 academies nation-wide, comprising 30 secondary, seven primary schools and one all-through, special school.
2019