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Ormiston teachers and students hit the high notes as they celebrate record year
Posted: 24 Nov 2016
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools Lord Nash and National Schools Commissioner Sir David Carter praised Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) as its teachers and students celebrated a record-breaking year at their annual conference.
The event in Nottingham saw performances from students at specialist arts academy Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA), whose renditions of ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and ‘Happy’ impressed the audience and from Ormiston Sudbury Academy in Suffolk who performed their own version of classic such as ‘And So It Goes’ by Billy Joel.
Jessica-Jane Applegate, a Paralympic swimmer and a former Ormiston student also made a special appearance and presented a number of academies with Gold Standard Awards for sports.
Sir David Carter said:
"What makes OAT stand out is its core ethos, its emphasis on life chances, and its commitment to ensuring this ethos is enacted on the ground level. I am particularly impressed by the recent achievements the Trust has seen, with raising attainment across all OAT academies and the narrowing gap for disadvantaged students and between boys and girls, bucking national trends. Where academies are still on their improvement journey it is this ethos that will improve outcomes and secure progress for the future."
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for School Lord Nash thanked all Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) staff for the work they are doing to raise standards and told OAT staff:
"You are at the forefront of driving change through the school system. The best way to drive change is through chool to school support, and the best way to do this is through a Multi Academy Trust like OAT."
OAT works with academies in some of the most challenging areas of the country and many students join OAT academies with below expected levels of attainment for their age. Despite this, the Trust ensures that a student’s background is no barrier to success.
This year the Trust achieved its strongest ever set of exam results this summer, with record results at many OAT academies and student attainment improving across the Trust. OAT also enjoyed a 96% success rate for students at A level, also praised by Sir David Carter. This has directly helped the Trust double the number of its students going on to study at Oxbridge and medical schools this year, or go on to win top apprenticeship opportunities.
Professor Toby Salt, CEO at OAT said:
"We were delighted to share our success with everyone within the OAT family who works so hard to ensure we deliver the high-quality education our students deserve. It is fantastic to see hard work paying dividends and being recognised by the country’s leading educationalists."
"We look forward to building on these successes year after year and are committed to continuously learning from and improving upon the excellent progress we are already making."