OAT Chess Championship

Project Summary   This project involved students across OAT academies undertaking social action projects and competitions relating to STEM. The theme of STEMFest was social action and finding solutions through STEM to problems that affect student’s local communities. Overall, 25 STEM-focused social action projects were submitted, 11 academies took part with over 70 students from […]


Project Summary This project involved students across OAT academies undertaking social action projects and competitions relating to STEM. The theme of STEMFest was social action and finding solutions through STEM to problems that affect student’s local communities. Overall, 25 STEM-focused social action projects were submitted,  11 academies took part with over 70 students from years […]

OAT Matholympics

Project Summary The Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) Matholympics Programme involved termly maths-based competitions across OAT academies where students were set a series of maths based challenges. The project was the first time a national, trust-wide enrichment programme for maths had been developed and established at OAT. Winners of the challenges received Amazon vouchers and support […]

Singing for the community

Pupils from Ormiston Meadows Academy have spread festive cheer to Lapwing Extra Care Retirement Facility by performing a selection of festive songs, and as part of their #iwill project, Kindness in the Community campaign. The pupils were spread around outside the residential home in Orton Brimbles within their social bubbles, and performed a range of […]

#iwill Library

Staff and students at Ormiston Park Academy excitedly celebrated the opening of their new #iwill library. Back in 2018, when the #iwill campaign was first introduced to the academy, the student steering team had to design a whole project that would create a legacy for Park’s community. With no official library in the academy, the […]

Eradicating Bullying in their Academy

The #iwill Support Hub provides students with a safe place where they can drop in for peer-to-peer support sessions to discuss any concerns they have regarding bullying. The aim is to proactively prevent bullying in the school and offer support to students. The hub has been designed to develop a community where every student feel’s […]

#iwill youth social action project – ‘Musical Meadows’

The ‘Musical Meadows’ project has several strands to improve access to music for all pupils at the academy and the wider community. The Academy has established several choirs to allow access to high-quality music tuition and performance opportunities – a KS1 boys choir, continuation of KS2 choir, a community choir involving staff, parents, a local […]

#iwill youth social action project – ‘Difference is normal’

The ‘Difference is normal’ campaign was created to spread awareness to others of different disabilities by producing a schools training package developed by Thomas Wolsey pupils. The aim of the project was to create a more respectful and tolerant society. The students worked with pupils and parents from the Academy. The incentive was trialled in […]

#iwill youth social action project – The EnCLude Project

The EnCLude Project consists of a student-led inclusion group who wish to work with minority groups from Endeavour and the local community. The project has instigated LGBTQ+ activities in Ipswich, which resulted in Suffolk Pride 2019 for which Endeavour was named as the Lead Academy. The students also campaigned for Tolerance and Awareness – Development […]

#iwill youth social action project – Transformation

The ‘Transformation’ project was chosen by students, for the community. Ormiston Denes students have undertaken an ambitious project to transform the Trams into a beautiful walkway that is safe for the community of Lowestoft. To make the project manageable, it has been divided into a series of sub projects, of ideas generated by students, such […]

Poppy is the Youth Engagement and Partnership Officer at Ormiston Trust, responsible for coordinating our team of Young Advisors and developing effective working relationships with external organisations. She is currently studying ‘Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development’ at Warwick University and previously worked as Board Advisor for a non-profit youth-focused organisation in Croydon. She has experience in activism work – attending COP26 with environmental education company Force of Nature and had been a member of the UK Youth Parliament for many years, speaking on environmental issues in the House of Commons for its ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign.

Genéa is the Communications and Events Coordinator at Ormiston Trust. She plays an integral role in overseeing the communications and media strategy – along with leading the content development for internal and external comms and PR across the Trust and the #WeWill programme. As well as supporting all event planning across campaigns, including the delivery of comms workshops with the Youth Advisory Council. 

She has worked predominantly in broadcasting PR, comms and editorial and now works as a narrative designer alongside her work since completing her MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins. 

Fiona is the Grants Assistant at Ormiston Trust and in her role she supports the Grants team. Previously, she worked in the City for 10 years, firstly as a dealer on the floor of the London Stock Exchange and then as an equity salestrader.  

Samia is a business and ICT Teacher with over 20 years of leadership experience in Education, working with leaders from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. Her experience has ranged from working as an Acting Head Teacher to a Deputy for an Education Trust. Some of the key highlights from her education career have included building schools and setting up education provisions, including a teaching school, and winning several National awards. Samia is passionate about ensuring the young people in her care have the best possible experience and has always led by example by sending her own children to the schools she has been a part of.

Ray leads the youth engagement, partnerships and fundraising work streams at Ormiston Trust, in particular having strategic oversight of how we as an organisation can embed the voices of our young people in everything we do, and how we can work with partner organisations to maximise shared outcomes and opportunities.

His background is in community project development and funding, having worked with charities, schools, and local authorities in East Anglia to develop a plethora of projects including primary-secondary school transition, award-winning youth amateur theatre, social prescribing in rural GP practices, and youth commissioning boards, for which he was recognised as a Prime Minister’s Point of Light.

Ray is a global health and medicine graduate, alongside his work at Ormiston, he is a hospital doctor and public health academic. He is also an #iWill Ambassador and national #iWill Partnership Board member.

Anne is Finance Manager at Ormiston Trust and has worked for Ormiston Trust for over 30 years, overseeing the property portfolio and asset management. She combines her work at the Trust with voluntary community work and has raised thousands of pounds to enhance leisure and education opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities. 

Karlene is Finance Manager at Ormiston Trust and has been handling the Financial Management of Ormiston Trust since 2014. Her background is in Financial Services with 20 years working in the industry and she has a passion for systems, processes and spreadsheets to enable good finance management. 

Aneela is the Head of Education at Ormiston Trust. Prior to joining Ormiston Trust, she was Head of Professional Development and School Improvement at Beaconhouse Group, overseeing the professional development of over 8000 teachers and implementing systems for school improvement across 200 international schools, in the Southeast region. Prior to this, she worked at Universities in the UAE, where she taught on the Bachelor of Education and Diploma programmes, and previous to this she was a Lead Advisor for Nord Anglia Education services, working with head teachers and principals to raise educational standards across schools in Abu Dhabi.

Melissa is a Programme Management Officer at Ormiston Trust. In her role she supports the #WeWill programme management, and works closely with the monitoring & evaluation, social action toolkit & skills, and youth engagement teams. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Development at the University of Sussex, and her postgraduate degree in Global Health and Development at UCL. Over the last eight years, she has dedicated much of her time to working with non-profit organisations in the UK, Nigeria, China, and Tanzania.