National Director of Education praises achievements of OAT academy leader

On a visit this week to Ormiston Endeavour Academy (OEA), two education leaders, Sean Harford, National Director of Education and Jacqueline Russell, Acting CEO of the Future Leaders Trust (FLT) marked the achievements of Principal Christine Woods, and praised her excellent work in driving school improvement. 


Christine, who joined the academy last April, is part of the Future Leaders Trust’s ‘Talented Leaders’ programme, which provides training for exceptional head teachers and matches them with schools.

The programme aims to reduce the attainment gap between students across the country and raise achievement in target areas, ensuring all students have equal choices and opportunities in life. So far, it has matched 26 head teachers with schools in eligible areas across England.

Christine, one of the FLT’s ‘exceptional leaders’, is clearly having a positive impact as Principal of Ormiston Endeavour Academy, and in a recent report Ofsted commended her leadership as ‘sharply focused, skilfully delivered and underpinned by good quality training’. The report also stated that there has been a visible positive impact on student learning and progress.

Jacqueline Russell, Acting CEO of The Future Leaders Trust, said:

“It is fantastic to be able to introduce Sean Harford to one of the schools supported by the Talented Leaders programme. Christine has shown a real dedication to and passion for improving Ormiston Endeavour Academy, and this recognition is well-deserved. As a Talented Leader, she is one of a network of head teachers who has shown their commitment to eradicating educational disadvantage and taken up headship in a challenging context to achieve this."

"It is important now that we continue to highlight the challenges faced by schools in isolated, rural and coastal communities, and to seek out exceptional head teachers, like Christine, who can lead their pupils to success – no matter what their background.”
Christine Woods, Principal at OEA said: 

“It is lovely to have such great support from Ofsted, the Future Leaders Trust and of course Ormiston Academies Trust, but all credit should go to the fantastic team we have here – the staff, the parents and most importantly the students."

“We are all delighted with the excellent progress we are making at Endeavour, and we look forward to continuing to drive up educational standards and ensuring all our students have the best possible opportunities to succeed in life.”
Toby Salt, CEO at OAT said: 

“Christine and her team, together with the OAT team, have made considerable steps to drive improvement and promote the highest standards, supported by the Future Leaders Trust.  Pupils, parents and staff have all put in huge efforts and it's great to see this being recognised by Ofsted.  We will continue to provide the support needed to ensure ongoing improvement at the school and fulfil our commitment to ensuring that all students receive the first-class education they deserve.”