OAT welcomes Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy to the family

Edward Worlledge Community Primary School in Great Yarmouth, has officially converted into an academy, joining the OAT family on 1 March 2017.

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The conversion received widespread support across from parents, staff and the local community. The school will now be known as Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy.

The academy will receive full support from OAT and access to its significant body of expertise. OAT has many years’ experience of successfully working in partnership with academies across the country.

OAT’s primary academies have been recognised for the excellent education they provide. Just this year Ormiston Herman Academy was nominated for a prestigious Times Educational Supplement Award for the excellent education its Early Years setting provides. Furthermore, Ormiston South Parade Academy, which joined OAT in 2012, continues to make fantastic progress at KS4 and was recently rated 'Good' by Ofsted. 

Retaining its own unique identity, the academy will continue to build positive community links as well as work in collaboration with the wider OAT network.

Norfolk County Council will be investing necessary funding to build sustainable classroom structures, replacing the temporary accommodation currently in use, to ensure learning can be conducted in both a safe and inspiring environment.

Dawn Kightley, Principal at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy, said:

"Converting to an academy and becoming part of OAT is in the best interests of our school, pupils and community. It gives us the opportunity to choose the most appropriate curriculum for our pupils and to maximise their enjoyment, success and future prospects. This is a voluntary decision by the school, its staff and governors who feel it is the right choice for our school. Our ethos is to be a successful, caring school with a strong commitment to excellence and opportunities for our pupils, staff and community, and this fits in perfectly with OAT."

Professor Toby Salt, Chief Executive Officer of Ormiston Academies Trust said:

"We are thrilled to be welcoming yet another primary academy into the OAT family.  Edward Worlledge is a well-respected school and great addition to the OAT community in Great Yarmouth, and we are looking forward to working with the staff and pupils. It will be joining over ten OAT academies from the region, including the Outstanding-rated Ormiston Victory and Ormiston Venture Academies.

"We are delighted that the move has received such great support from parents, staff, pupils and the local community. At OAT, we are committed to ensuring that every child reaches their full potential and we will provide Edward Worlledge with our full support to ensure it continues to achieve this."

Robert Bond, Chair of Edward Worlledge Governing Body, said:

"This is an exciting time, with the potential to strengthen our links and share expertise and services between other academies in the network. Most importantly, we believe the academy conversion is an opportunity for providing excellent learning opportunities and raising standards of education for our children. We have a long tradition of nurturing our pupils, academically and emotionally, and of supporting our parents. This will continue with OAT."