Ofsted Regional Director’s visit to celebrate success at Ormiston South Parade

Ofsted Regional Director, Cathryn Kirby visited Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA) to meet staff and pupils, and celebrate the academy’s success.

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For the visit, Ms Kirby, Ofsted’s Regional Director for North East, Yorkshire and Humber was joined by Ofsted Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI), Mark Evans and CEO Nick Hudson.

The group toured the academy on a ‘learning walk’, visiting different year groups and speaking with pupils and staff. They were then treated to a delightful singing performance by pupils.

During the visit, Ms Kirby and Mr Evans met with key members of the academy’s strong leadership team. This included Executive Principal Jane Nolan – recently named Headteacher of the Year at the Tes Schools Awards 2018 – and Head of School, Kate Robinson, who has also been recognised nationally for her work, recently attending a Downing Street reception for ‘Outstanding teachers’.

The group discussed the academy’s strategy for success, how it seeks to make a difference through its motto 'Believe in yourself', as well as curriculum design and delivery to develop every child and ensure they make the best possible progress.

Jane also serves as OAT’s Primaries Development Coordinator, supporting OAT’s growing network of primary academies to share best practice and embed the Trust’s ethos of enrichment. She is also a member of the National Head Teacher Reference Group, working closely with the Department for Education.

OSPA opened in October 2012, as OAT’s first sponsored primary academy. The academy was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in its first inspection in July 2016 and has since gone from strength to strength. In last year’s Key Stage 2 results, OSPA was ranked in the top 1% of primary schools in the country for the progress its pupils make across reading, writing and maths.

This year the academy achieved results 20% above the national figure for reading, writing and maths combined. OSPA’s success has also been recognised with a number of other awards and accolades. Executive Principal, Jane Nolan, won a Silver Pearson Teaching Award for Headteacher of the Year (primary school), whilst OSPA won School of the Year - ‘Making a Difference’.

Jane Nolan, Executive Principal, Ormiston South Parade Academy said:

"We were delighted to welcome Cathryn and Mark to Ormiston South Parade to see first-hand how our inspiring curriculum and strong focus on enrichment is ensuring that all pupils are given the opportunities and support needed to achieve their full potential, in line with our motto ‘Believe in Yourself’.

"I am continuing to use my knowledge and experience in my role as an Ofsted Inspector, to ensure that other schools are delivering the high-quality education for young people."

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

"I would like to thank Cathryn and Mark for taking the time to visit OSPA today. The academy truly exemplifies the success of OAT’s vision and values. Jane and her fantastic team have demonstrated what can be achieved by working hard to raise the aspirations, broaden the horizons and nurture the talents of every child, so that they make the best possible progress, regardless of their background or starting points."


Picture caption: Back row, from left Mark Evans, Ofsted HMI; Stephanie Walton, Assistant Principal, Ormiston South Parade Academy; Jane Nolan, Executive Principal, Ormiston South Parade Academy; Cathryn Kirby, Ofsted Regional Director; Nick Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, OAT; Kate Robinson, Head of School, Ormiston South Parade Academy. Front row – Year 5 prefects.