Ormiston Academies Trust celebrates successful year at Annual Conference

Senior leaders, teachers and staff from across Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) joined together this week for their prestigious annual conference – Working Together For Excellence – which marked another hugely successful year for the growing Trust.


Taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, the two-day conference celebrated the successes of the last year. It provided a unique opportunity for senior leaders across OAT’s 34 academies to come together to debate, discuss and share best practice, all with a view to further drive forward school improvement across the network.

The event also provided a platform for delegates to discuss how collaboration across the Trust is crucial for achieving the very best outcomes for the 26,000 young people it serves, and OAT was delighted to be joined by a number of VIP guest speakers and panellists.

Speakers included Stephen Munby, former CEO of the Education Development Trust, leading educationalist and author Lucy Crehan, Founder and Director of Foster Focus, Luke Rodgers, as well as Tuesday Humby and Ben Driver, OAT Principal’s who have driven significant improvements in their academies in recent years.

As part of the high-level panel event, OAT was also delighted to host Geoff Barton, General Secretary for the Association for School and College Leaders (ASCL), Nick Brook, Deputy General Secretary at NAHT, Sean Harford, HMI National Director of Education for Ofsted. OAT’s Managing Director of School Improvement, Nicole McCartney, was the conference host.

Working Together For Excellence saw special performances from students from Ormiston Meadows Academy, Ormiston SWB Academy and Ormiston Bushfield Academy, and was attended by two student leaders from Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy.

The conference followed the formal announcement of the appointment of Nick Hudson as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Trust. As a former Ofsted Regional Director and National Director for Early Education, Nick Hudson brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, as the Trust continues to grow, evolve and provide high-quality education provision to more and more children and young people across the country.