The value of enrichment

We are committed to raising aspirations and broadening horizons, enriching the lives of students across our OAT network.

We understand that to compete in the working world or higher education, social mobility is as important as the grades that our young people achieve.

The demographic of our academies means that many of our students might never have access to live music or theatre, they might never have gone away on a trip or experienced the thrill of a professional sporting event.

It is therefore essential that we not only stay focused on raising educational standards, but that we also inspire young people to develop skills, talent and character through a wide range of activities. We encourage them to use their curiosity and creativity to find new ways of achieving their potential and to have the confidence, drive and resilience to follow their dreams.

As evidence of our commitment to enrichment, we already have resources such as the Forge Mountain Centre at Dinas Mawddwy in the Dovey Valley in wales, and the Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham for students to utilise.

Our students have already benefitted from partnerships with organisations such as UKSA, Youth Sport Trust, The Brilliant Club, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Centre for Young Musicians and Debate Mate, to name but a few, as well as from funding from our founder, Ormiston Trust. We thank them all for their continued support.

Download a PDF of our Enrichment Brochure by clicking on the thumbnail image below.

"The importance of the enrichment programme is about developing the life skills of our students, and for some of our students it's about the spark that gets them going in terms of working towards academic achievement"

Peter Murray, OBE
Founder and Chairman, Ormiston Trust.