Ormiston hosts Downing Street Reception to boost support for Enrichment Charter

Key representatives from arts, culture, sport, politics and business gathered at Number 11 Downing Street last night for a high level reception in support of the work that Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) and Ormiston Trust (OT) are doing to promote and enhance enrichment opportunities for our students. The reception, hosted by Mrs Susan Hammond and with the kind permission of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, was a call to arms to urge attendees to collaborate with OAT to transform the opportunities on offer to students from our academies. 

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Academies within the Trust are typically located in coastal, isolated and suburban areas, with 55% of all students living in deprived households and more than half in receipt of Free School Meals. 

Research by the Sutton Trust has found that children from the poorest neighbourhoods are nine times less likely to go to the best universities than their more privileged peers and OAT is determined that our students should not lose out because of their background.  Consequently, we are working hard to ensure that every student has the social and cultural literacy, alongside their academic skills, to enable them to secure the best jobs, access the highest quality apprenticeships and get in to the top flight of universities.

To deliver their pledge to be ‘the trust that makes the biggest difference’ OAT has launched an Enrichment Charter which, put simply, seeks to give every young person the opportunity to:

  • experience live music or classical theatre
  • experience the thrill of a high-quality sporting event
  • visit and experience different countries and cultures
  • experience being away from home on a residential visit, to build independence and confidence

The Number 11 reception will forge new links to deliver the charter through partnerships, in kind support, events opportunities and work experience programmes.

A group of sixth form students at the City of Norwich School, An Ormiston Academy (CNS) were invited to Downing Street to perform for the guests.  The five students, Sarah Walton, Leila Hooton, Kara Kordtomeikel, Lucy Rodd and Hannah Bradfield, performed together as the Winterton Quintet, named after their school house.  City of Norwich School benefits from an existing partnership with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, which has given the girls unrivalled exposure to top musical talent and tuition during their time at the school.

Speaking after the event Professor Toby Salt, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"At Ormiston, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students gains not only a first-class education but also has opportunities beyond the classroom, which will help them to become rounded citizens. 

"I want OAT students to have the same opportunities that many of us take for granted and our Enrichment Charter will enable us to deliver that. The reception was a brilliant opportunity to build new partnerships and I look forward to following up on all of the pledges of support that were made.

"I’d like to thank Mrs Hammond for hosting us and the talented Winterton Quintet for entertaining us - they played beautifully and were outstanding ambassadors for the Trust."