Government ranks Ormiston Academies Trust one of the top education providers in the country

Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is today rated one of the top-performing education providers in the country by the Government.

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Official tables published today by the Department for Education place OAT fifth best academy trust in England for primary school performance out of 153 multi-academy trusts. This is for academy trusts which have had at least three primary schools with pupils who have taken the tests in Year 6 for at least three years.

OAT’s overall progress score across reading, writing and maths is 3.4 – recording a particularly strong score in reading (its 4.3 score means it is the second-best trust in the country for reading), and also scoring highly in writing (3.2) and maths (2.8). Almost half of all OAT’s pupils are considered ‘disadvantaged’ – well above the national average.

OAT’s three primaries included in the tables include Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA) in Grimsby, which is in the top 1% of primary schools in the country for the progress of its pupils in reading, writing and maths, and top primary school in its local authority, North East Lincolnshire. Out of the 239 schools in England with the same percentage of free school meals pupils, OSPA ranked 3rd highest for progress. The two other OAT primary schools are Ormiston Herman Academy in Great Yarmouth, which achieved record results in the latest primary school tests, and Ormiston Meadows Academy in Peterborough, whose overall score for reading, writing and maths combined shot up by more than 29 percentage points from 2016 to last year. Two other primary schools, Edward Worlledge Primary in Great Yarmouth and Packmoor Ormiston Academy in Stoke have recently joined OAT to take advantage of its high-quality primary support.

Jane Nolan, Executive Principal of OSPA, and OAT's Primary Development Co-ordinator, who also sits on the Department for Education’s national Headteacher Reference Group, said:

"We are absolutely delighted with the excellent results achieved across our primary schools – they are a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff, pupils and their families, and we are extremely proud of these achievements.

"At OAT, we champion an inspiring and exciting primary curriculum, designed to equip our pupils with high level skills in reading, writing and maths. Our academy motto, ‘Believe in Yourself’, also underpins our approach, which ensures that every child is given the support and opportunities they need to thrive and to make the best possible progress, whatever their starting point or individual needs."

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

"OAT’s primary offer is very strong – and is borne out by today’s rankings. We are delighted that the hard work and expertise of our primary school teachers and leaders are officially recognised as so outstanding.

"Ormiston Academies Trust is committed to raising aspirations and broadening horizons of all our children and young people, no matter what their background, and today’s results again confirm the success of our approach and the fantastic outcomes it is delivering."