Ormiston Academies Trust celebrates double win at Tes Awards

Teachers from two OAT academies are celebrating after winning awards at the prestigious Times Educational Supplement (TES) School Awards, which took place on Friday 22 June in London.

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The winners were Jane Nolan, Executive Principal of Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA), who won Headteacher of the Year and Nicola Whiston, joint Head of Mathematics at Ormiston Chadwick Academy (OCA), who was awarded Maths Teacher of the Year.

The awards, celebrating their tenth year, recognise outstanding contributions made by education teams and individuals around the country to help students to succeed, both inside and outside the classroom.

Jane has been Principal of OSPA in Grimsby since 2014 and is also Primaries Development Coordinator at OAT. Sir David Carter, the National Schools Commissioner, presented Jane with the award for Headteacher of the Year recognising her outstanding leadership and dedication, which has helped to transform OSPA.

Under Jane’s leadership, the academy has been ranked in the top 2% of primary schools in the country for the progress its pupils make, and as the top primary school in North East Lincolnshire.

In July 2016, OSPA was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in its first inspection since joining OAT. Inspectors praised Jane for her very strong and effective leadership, and for establishing a culture of high expectations at the academy. In 2017, Jane was appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) to the national Headteacher Reference Group in 2017, which advises the government on education policies impacting primary and secondary schools.

Meanwhile, Nicola Whiston was awarded the Maths Teacher of the Year Award for her inspiring approach to the teaching and learning of maths at OCA in Widnes.

Nicola is an experienced maths teacher, having taught the subject for more than eight years, and at OCA for three. Nicola joined OCA in December and, within two years, the Maths Department had not only turned a corner, but was also achieving some of the best outcomes in the North West.

Nicola and her department work hard to create a buzz and excitement for mathematics across the academy to inspire and excite students and give them the confidence to succeed, including providing extra lessons for students and always going the extra mile to give them the support they need to achieve highly.

OCA’s success was also recognised with nominations in two other categories at this year’s Tes School Awards – Secondary School of the Year and Headteacher of the Year. OCA’s Maths Department was also previously shortlisted for the Maths Teacher or Team of the Year award at last year’s awards.

The academy, which is rated Outstanding by Ofsted, is ranked as one of the highest performing schools in the North West, and in the top 2% of schools nationally for the progress students make.

Jane Nolan, Executive Principal of OSPA and OAT's Primaries Development Co-ordinator, said:

"I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded Headteacher of the Year - it is truly an honour and privilege to accept this award.

"Ormiston South Parade Academy would not be the fantastic learning environment that it is today without the dedication, passion and commitment of the staff, pupils and wider school community, and I’d like to thank them for their continued support, without which this would not have been possible."

Nicola Whiston, Joint Head of Maths at Ormiston Chadwick Academy, said:

"I am feel very privileged to have received this award. It is a huge honour, not just for me, but for my fantastic colleagues in the Maths Department and the wider team at OCA, without whom this would not have been possible. I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff across the academy, our dedicated, hard-working students and their parents and carers, for their tireless work and support.

"At OCA, we are all extremely passionate about maths and work hard to ensure that it is an engaging and exciting subject that all students enjoy learning and do well at. As a result, our students continue to achieve highly in maths and outperform their peers, exceeding the national average."

Nick Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), said:

"It is fantastic that Jane and Nicola have been recognised with these hugely prestigious awards and I would like to congratulate them both on this impressive achievement. These awards are testament to both Jane and Nicola’s commitment to ensuring that all young people at their academies have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. This commitment is central to everything we do at OAT.

"Both Ormiston South Parade Academy and Ormiston Chadwick Academy have had exceptional years – achieving national recognition for the strong outcomes their students achieve and being ranked as some of the top performing academies in the country."

(Picture featuring Nicola Whiston, Ormiston Chadwick Academy)