Our aims

In January 2019, our board of trustees agreed a five-year strategy for OAT. This strategy sets out our mission, values, core purposes and priorities for change.

Our mission is to become the Trust that makes the biggest difference, both inside and outside the classroom.

We are a values-led organisation, and it is our aim that we continually challenge ourselves to adhere to the spirit of our values:

Anyone can excel. Enjoy the challenge. Share what is best. Be inclusive.

In our schools, we believe that:

  • Anyone can excel: you don’t have to be exceptionally bright or naturally gifted in order to excel at something. We know hard work, determination and perseverance pay off.
  • Enjoy the challenge: just because something might be hard, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. We know it’s okay to face setbacks too – they can make you stronger.
  • Share what is best: if you’ve done something or created something others would benefit from seeing or having, you should share it. We know our schools keep getting better when we all share what is best.
  • Be inclusive: every child and adult should respect and accept that difference is normal, that everyone should be welcomed and included.

Download the OAT Strategy 2019–2023 below.