'Super Six' for Wodensborough Ormiston Academy

Wodensborough Ormiston Academy is celebrating after four of its staff have been nationally accredited as Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs).

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Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools.

This marks a milestone in the local academy’s improvement journey when it was rated as Requires Improvement by Ofsted in October 2016. Inspectors returned in July 2017 on a monitoring visit and found that senior leaders and Ormiston Academies Trust, are taking effective action to drive improvement.

The academy was challenged to improve standards in all areas of the school’s work and inspectors noted considerable improvements in the effectiveness of teaching and learning at the academy which has now been validated by the creation of four new SLEs at the Academy.

Matt Shaw (Lead Practitioner – Teaching & Learning), Paul Harris (Lead Practitioner - History), Richard Price (Lead Practitioner - Science) and Helena Rock Sawyer (Head of Performing Arts) were all recently accredited by the Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance and will join Rebecca Tymoshyshyn (Lead Practitioner – KS2/3) and Myk Wagstaff (Vice Principal) in supporting schools across Sandwell and the Black Country to develop their practice and student outcomes.

Leigh Moore, Principal of Wodensborough Ormiston Academy said:

"I am incredibly proud of the improvements we have made to the quality of teaching and learning across the Academy and especially so of our new Specialist Leaders of Education.

"We are very much a school on the up and that is because of the hard work, commitment and dedication of our staff, our students, our local community and the support of OAT our sponsors."