OAT welcomes Ormiston SWB Academy to the family

South Wolverhampton & Bilston Academy previously sponsored by City of Wolverhampton Academy Trust (COWAT) officially joined the OAT family on 1 July.


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.

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.

South Wolverhampton & Bilston Academy's GCSE results have improved every year for the last three years, and its Progress 8 score last year was in line with the national average. Every student who applied to university in 2016 won a place at their top choice.

Nick Hudson, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Ormiston Academies Trust said:

"The academy is on an upward trajectory and we are very excited at the prospect of building on the strong foundations and supporting students at the school to achieve even more. At OAT, we are committed to ensuring every student achieves their full potential, whatever their background, and we look forward to supporting Ormiston SWB Academy in the months and years ahead."

COWAT Chief Executive Bernard Dickenson said:

"We have been proud to lead South Wolverhampton & Bilston Academy and are confident that OAT is a strong academy sponsor which can take the Ormiston SWB Academy to the next level." 

Kerry Inscker, Principal of South Wolverhampton & Bilston Academy said:

"This is an exciting new era as we become Ormiston SWB Academy. I remain committed to ensuring our students receive first class education and enrichment, an ethos that the Trust shares. We have already begun to take advantage of the great opportunities joining OAT brings for staff and students and we look forward to this continuing. At this time, I would like to publicly thank COWAT and our current sponsors for their support since our academy opened."


Note: North East Wolverhampton Academy (NEWA), which is also sponsored by COWAT, will follow later in the summer, perhaps as soon as 1 August.