New Principal at Ormiston Six Villages Academy

We are pleased to announce Ormiston Six Villages Academy (OSVA) in Chichester has appointed a new principal ready for the September.


Paul Slaughter will join the academy at the start of the new academic year and will take over from Pat Walters and Alan Westerman, the current co-principals. Pat and Alan had been overseeing the academy as co-principals on an interim basis, whilst the recruitment process for a new principal was ongoing.

Husband, father of four daughters and a local man, with nearly 18 years' teaching experience, Paul is currently Deputy Head at Worthing High School, where he has been a key member of leadership team which led the school to be rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership and Management by Ofsted in 2016.

Paul began his career as a maths teacher and has since worked at two schools in West Sussex, so he brings to the role a strong local knowledge and understanding of the area. In his current role, much of Paul’s focus has been on ensuring that students make the transition into secondary education as successfully as possible. He has worked closely with local primary schools to achieve this.

From September, Mr Slaughter will be working with academy’s senior leadership team, the Board of Governors and the Trust, to continue to build on the work of his predecessor, Umbar Sharif. Mr Slaughter shares the academy’s commitment to high standards as it works towards becoming an Outstanding school.

In September 2017, Ofsted rated Six Villages ‘Good’, with inspectors noting how rising standards had led to improved outcomes for students, with results for Year 11 students improving year-on-year. They also highlighted the commitment of staff to students’ personal development, designed to enable students to “reach their true potential”.

Luke Bowers, Regional Director South for Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"We are absolutely delighted that Paul will be joining Six Villages in September – we had planned to appoint a new principal from January 2019, but were thrilled to find such an excellent candidate able to join us at the start of the new academic year.

"Paul is a fantastic appointment for the academy. I look forward to working closely with him to ensure that the new school year gets off to a fantastic start under his leadership and that OSVA continue to go from strength to strength."

Antonio Betes, Chair of the Governing Body at Ormiston Six Villages Academy, said:

"We look forward to welcoming Paul to Ormiston Six Villages Academy in September, we are confident that he is the right person to take the academy to the next level. The Board and I look forward to working with him to drive further improvement at our academy as we continue on our journey towards Outstanding, ensuring that every student at Six Villages succeeds."

Paul Slaughter, incoming Principal at Ormiston Six Villages Academy said:

"I am delighted to have been appointed principal of Ormiston Six Villages Academy. The academy has achieved so much over the last two years and I look forward to working closely with the students, staff, parents, carers, and the team at OAT, to build on the fantastic legacy of my predecessor and ensure that Six Villages is the academy of choice in the local area.

"I believe strongly in the importance of getting to know every child as an individual and ensuring that, we provide all our students with an education tailored to their individual needs, helping them to achieve their full potential. Over the next few months, I will be getting to know the school and community and plan to hit the ground running in September."