National Schools Commissioner Visits Ormiston Academies

Sir David Carter, the National Schools Commissioner, today visited Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (OSSMA), an Ormiston Academy in Stoke, and Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) which is sponsored by Ormiston Trust.

Sir David Carter at BOA

The visit recognised the important role the trust plays in education provision across the country and provided Sir David Carter with the opportunity to see first-hand the excellent work the schools and trust are doing to deliver high quality education to young people across the country. It will feed in to the work he does leading communications between the Department for Education and the education sector.

His first stop was Birmingham Ormiston Academy, one of Britain’s leading academic and vocational institutions. The academy provides students with unique learning opportunities including dance, theatre and broadcast lessons combined with a rigorous academic curriculum. BOA has already seen fame for some of its talented pupils who have won roles in hit TV series, and many other projects.

The second stop saw Sir David Carter visit OSSMA where he had the opportunity to meet staff and students as well as see English, Maths, Humanities and Technology classes in action. OSSMA Principal Mark Stanyer has played a leading role establishing an innovative partnership with the local council and local MP Tristram Hunt to drive up maths standards in schools across Stoke. The Maths Excellence Partnership aims to recruit more high quality maths teachers to the region and drive up student attainment in the subject and has been praised by Ofsted Chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Sir David listens to students play at BOASir David listens to students play at BOABoth academies, which have been rated "good" by Ofsted, consistently perform above similar schools nationally. Last year 56% of pupils at OSSMA and 71% of pupils at BOA achieved 5A*-C GCSEs including English and mathematics.

Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner said:

"OAT has a strong focus on both raising educational standards and giving students access to the kind of enrichment opportunities that all too often out of reach for the demographic the Trust serves. This commitment is evident at all levels and it has been an honour to see it in action today.

"It has been wonderful to meet the students and hear about the work that OSSMA is doing in Stoke to drive up aspiration, particularly in maths. I was also impressed by the talent I saw in Birmingham at BOA, where students are not only achieving well academically, but also excelling in the performing arts.

"It is always such a pleasure to spend time in academies and I look forward to working closely with OAT over the coming years."

Sir David and Principal Mark Stanyer with students at OSSMASir David and Principal Mark Stanyer with students at OSSMAToby Salt, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust said:

"I was delighted to host Sir David Carter at two excellent academies today. It was a great opportunity to show Sir David the work that we are doing on the ground and the amazing opportunities open to our students throughout the trust.

"At all Ormiston schools we have a relentless focus on ensuring students have the same chance to enjoy a top quality education alongside character building enrichment experiences, and we are proud to share our work as one of the country’s leading education providers with the National Schools Commissioner."