OAT appoints Regional Director for the North

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tuesday Humby as the Regional Director of the North Region.

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Tuesday will be responsible for the nine academies in the Trust’s North region, previously known as the Central region, helping to drive continued improvement and providing high-level support and guidance.

The Trust, which has been sponsoring primary and secondary academies across the country since 2008, champions the excellent academic achievement and all-round development of the 27,000+ young people it serves.

In the North region, its academies are:

  • Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, Runcorn
  • Ormiston Chadwick Academy, Widnes
  • Ormiston Horizon Academy, Tunstall
  • Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, Ilkeston
  • Ormiston Maritime Academy, Grimsby
  • Ormiston Meridian Academy, Meir Stoke-on-Trent
  • Packmoor Ormiston Academy, Packmoor Stoke-on-Trent
  • Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Blurton Stoke-on-Trent
  • Ormiston South Parade Academy, Grimsby

With a central office in Birmingham, the Trust works closely with its 34 academies, which are now clustered into North, East, South and West regions across England. These new regional ‘hubs’ reflect the changing geographical spread of the OAT network as it continues to grow and expand its reach.

Achievement is always locally-led but regionally and nationally governed, encouraged and supported, and the OAT approach seeks to combine a highly specialised central hub with inspirational regional and institutional leadership.

Tuesday takes on the position as Regional Director for the North alongside her current role as Executive Principal at the Outstanding rated Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes. Since the academy joined OAT in 2014, under Tuesday’s leadership, Ormiston Chadwick Academy has gone from strength to strength and is now ranked one of the top 100 schools in the country and the fifth highest performing school in the North West.

Strong and aspirational leadership is central to the success of OAT’s academies, and the Trust has always sought to develop new leaders from within. With nearly a third of OAT academy leaders home grown, this appointment continues this trend.

Tuesday holds a Master’s degree in both Child Law and Educational Leadership Management, is a qualified SENCO and an Ofsted Inspector, and brings a wealth of expertise on school improvement and development to the role. With significant experience of school leadership at all levels, Tuesday also continues to be an active practitioner in the classroom, teaching across a range of subjects.

Tuesday has a strong interest in developing effective leadership teams and is passionate about teaching, learning and professional development. Her research interests include school improvement in areas of social-economic disadvantage and promoting social mobility, which is very much in line with OAT’s longstanding commitment to supporting disadvantaged students and tackling the toughest challenges in education.

The appointment sees OAT further boosting its strong central team after another successful summer for the Trust, with students across the network celebrating excellent GCSE and A Level results.

At GCSE, despite the introduction of the tougher exams, high standards were maintained in English, with more than half of students achieving at least a Grade 4 or above. The Trust also saw improved outcomes in maths, up by three percentage points from 2016 across the Trust’s network. There was also high attainment at A Level, with more students than ever before across the OAT Network securing top university places.

Tuesday Humby, Regional Director North at Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"I have been working closely with OAT in my capacity as Principal at Ormiston Chadwick Academy and have seen first-hand the benefits of the support and expertise that the Trust provides to all of the academies in the OAT family.

"I am now delighted to be taking on my new role as Regional Director for the North, supporting academies across the region – helping to drive continued improvement and academic success for all the students we serve."

Nick Hudson, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Ormiston Academies Trust, commented:

"Tuesday Humby is a fantastic addition to the OAT team, she has a proven track record of delivering far-reaching school improvement at Ormiston Chadwick, as well as demonstrating the talent, drive and determination to succeed that we look for in leaders across the Trust. The knowledge and experience she brings will help to drive further improvement and success in our academies, both in the North, and across the Trust.

"I look forward to working closely with Tuesday and the other regional directors to ensure that more children and young people can benefit from the high quality of education that OAT offers across our network and achieve their full potential."