Rob Pritchard

Rob Pritchard to step down as National Director of Education

Our National Director of Education at Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is retiring and will leave the organisation at the end of this academic year.

Rob Pritchard has played a central role at OAT since he joined the organisation in September 2017, mainly as national director of education, a role he has held for almost six years. During this time, Rob has worked with all our academies and the central team very closely, supporting them as OAT has sought to continue raising standards and provide the very best education for more than 30,000 children and young people.

Rob has chosen to move into semi-retirement this academic year, making 2023-24 his last with OAT. He will remain full time with OAT until Christmas and from the New Year onwards will continue on a part-time basis, working with OAT academies as a consultant for two days a week until the end of the school year.

Tom Rees, chief executive officer said: “Rob has given dedicated and valuable service both to OAT over a number of years and before that to the sector more widely through his career in education. I want to put on record my huge thanks to him for all he has done, and that he will continue to do in the months ahead.

“I am delighted that we will continue to benefit from Rob’s experience for the rest of this academic year.  We wish him every success for the future when he leaves us next summer.”

Rob Pritchard, national director of education said: “I have loved my time at OAT and it will be a real wrench when the time comes to leave. However, I am very pleased that I will be remaining with what is a great organisation until the end of this academic year. OAT has very many strengths and a great foundation from which to kick on under Tom, through our principals and their teams. I am looking forward to playing my part as we continue to raise standards for the benefit of the children and young people we serve.”

Later this week, OAT will start a recruitment campaign for a national director of secondary education. This will be a new position, with responsibility for secondary education which reflects that more than 90% of OAT’s pupils are in secondary schools. The post will form part of OAT’s executive team.