Ormiston Academies Trust welcomes Flegg High School to the family

Flegg High School in Martham, Norfolk has today (1 February) joined Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT). The transfer has received widespread support from staff, students, parents and the local community and as part of its new chapter with OAT, it also welcomes a new name Flegg High Ormiston Academy.

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For many years, OAT has successfully raised academic standards amongst its 34 academies, and last year achieved excellent exam results at both GCSE and A Level across the network.

Flegg High Ormiston Academy will benefit from the full support of the Trust, including having access to its wide range of resources, services and expertise. Teachers and leaders at the Academy will also have the unique opportunity to share and exchange best practice with the other academies across the tight-knit family network.

Retaining its own unique identity, the Academy will continue to build on its positive community links, as well as work in collaboration with the Trust. Flegg High Ormiston Academy will maintain its funding from the government, but benefit from greater autonomy and Trust-wide collaboration supporting them on many things including procuring services and funding for future projects. There are no plans to change the duration or schedule of the school day, nor the school uniform.

OAT’s academies are clustered into hubs within the North, West, East and South regions. Flegg will join the East regional hub, which has ten academies, including the Outstanding rated Ormiston Venture Academy and Ormiston Victory Academy - recognised for their excellent education provision. All East and wider academies will work closely with Flegg High Ormiston Academy in the coming months, supporting them as they begin their journey as an OAT academy.

The Trust’s vision for the Academy is for its students to have access to the highest academic, social and practical skills required to fulfil their potential.

Dr Simon Fox, Principal at Flegg High Ormiston Academy, said:

"We are delighted that Flegg High Ormiston Academy has today joined Ormiston Academies Trust. This new chapter will bring huge benefits to students, staff and the whole school community and will create a strong foundation for the academy’s future. “As part of the strong network of academies, Flegg will have access to the wealth of experience, resources, high-quality education provision and brilliant enrichment opportunities which the Trust champions.

"We look forward to working with OAT as we continue on our journey to provide the very best opportunities for our students to succeed."

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

"We are thrilled to be welcoming Flegg High Ormiston Academy to the Ormiston Academies Trust family network. The academy is well established in the local community, and the staff and students are dedicated to achieving highly. Flegg High Ormiston Academy will be an excellent addition, to not only the Trust, but to the OAT academies it joins in the East region.

"The transition has received such great support from parents, staff, students and the local community. We are committed to ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential, and we look forward to working closely with Flegg High Ormiston Academy to ensure it continues to achieve this."

Peter Spencer, Chair of the Governing Body at Flegg High Ormiston Academy, said:

"Today marks an exciting journey for Flegg High Ormiston Academy, as its joins Ormiston Academies Trust. Being a part of the OAT network offers an excellent opportunity to further provide our students with brilliant learning opportunities and to raise the standards of education, alongside providing excellent professional development for our dedicated staff.

"We are grateful for all the support shown by parents, staff, the school community and the Trust itself so far, as we embark on this new chapter to provide our students with the very best education."