OAT appoints Ofsted Regional Director in a continued drive for excellence

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Hudson to OAT’s leadership team in our continued drive for excellence.


In recent years our academies have continued to improve their results, with the OAT's best-ever exam results this year. In GCSEs, there was a big increase in overall student achievement and the attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their better-off peers, and between boys and girls both narrowed. In A levels, more OAT students than ever before are applying to and being accepted at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

We have appointed Nick Hudson to continue to drive forward these successes. Nick worked as Ofsted's Regional Director for the North East, Yorkshire and Humber from 2013 and also held a secondary role as Ofsted's National Director for Early Education during this period. At OAT he will lead and work with our team of four Regional Directors who oversee our 31 academies, to ensure each and every Ormiston academy continues to secure the very best outcomes for the young people they serve.

Nick brings with him impressive experience from the front line of education in schools and local authorities. He started his career as a secondary school teacher, working in London, Newcastle and Rochdale before going on more recently to working in senior roles within Local Authorities. He then moved on to be Executive Director for Children and Young People's Services at Wigan Council and Service Director of Learning, Development and Localities at Oldham Council. He also spent two years working abroad in West Africa as an Education Management Consultant for the United Nations Association International Service.

Nick joins as Di Barnes steps down to start her retirement. Di will remain working for OAT on a part-time basis for a short period to ensure a smooth transition. Nick's addition will further strengthen the OAT leadership team who have just celebrated fantastic results in OAT academies across the country.

OAT's new Chief Academy Improvement Officer, Nick Hudson, said:

"OAT's academies have made significant progress over the last few years and I look forward to working with our committed and talented leaders and teachers to ensure this improvement continues for our students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"I truly believe in the OAT ethos that every young person can achieve and that by working together we can deliver excellent education for them all, including broadening their horizons so that they experience the same cultural and enrichment opportunities as their better-off peers."

Ormiston Academies Trust Chief Executive, Toby Salt, added:

"On behalf of the Board we are pleased to welcome Nick to the OAT family. We are extremely lucky to have brought in such an experienced leader and look forward to the wealth of school improvement expertise he will bring. We are very proud of the strides already made across our Trust but school improvement is an ongoing piece of work, and we are determined to keep up the pace.

"With the support of the OAT Team, Principals and all of our employees I am confident that we will continue to improve results in our academies and outcomes for our young people.

"I also want to thank Di for her outstanding work at OAT and for her unwavering commitment to the Trust and its students throughout her time here. She has worked tirelessly alongside OAT's leaders to ensure that every one of our students receives the excellent education they deserve and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We will miss her hugely – but are delighted that she will be staying with us for a little while yet."