In 2005, Ormiston Trust’s Board looked for ways to broaden its impact in new areas and made the decision to become an academy sponsor. This decision was driven by a commitment to helping young people to maximise their potential; both academic and personal.
The Trust sponsored its first academy, the Gateway Academy in 2006. At the time it was rated as the 7th worst school in the country. Standards at the academy were rapidly transformed through strong partnerships between parents, Ormiston staff and students.
In order to manage this growing network of academies, the Trust established Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) to oversee the work in the new academies. Like the Ormiston Trust and Ormiston Families, OAT is a not for profit, charitable organisation. Ormiston Trust retains the responsibility for three academies in the Ormiston network, whilst OAT manages the remainder.
As we would all acknowledge, educational achievement is important but Ormiston also has a commitment to a broad and balanced education for all young people, one that develops their social and personal skills, their well-being and confidence as well as their academic prowess.