#iwill youth social action project – Community Hub

The Community Hub projects aims to develop a community hub/shop that engages the elderly community of Shelfield and creates a rich tapestry of local heritage. The Academy has created an internet café with workshops on internet safety & understanding social media for students who have then taught the elderly community. The students have also created […]

#iwill youth social action project

Ormiston Meridian Academy have recognised the need for students to learn coding which is quickly becoming a basic literacy in the digital age. Encouraging children to learn coding at a young age prepares them for the future and increases their employability skills. Coding helps children with communication, creativity, math, writing, and builds confidence. This project […]

#iwill youth social action project

Students at Sir Stanley Mathews Academy are involved in a number of activities aimed at improving wellbeing by focusing on the mind, body and spirit. The first was the creation of an Academy vegetable patch to encourage students to focus on mindfulness whilst growing crops and being outside in nature. The project also saw the […]

#iwill youth social action project

This project focuses on engaging students with members of the wider community and promotes a healthy lifestyle through the various activities planned. This includes cooking a Christmas Dinner for members of the community and learning how to cook nutritious meals. The students have also been involved in cleaning up the parks in Cothmanhay and Ilkeston […]

#iwill youth social action project

This project is aiming to improve environmental sustainability throughout the Academy and wider community. This is being achieved through raising the awareness of environmental issues and reducing the number of single-use plastics. The school is ultimately working to achieve an eco-school’s green flag which should also help to encourage other Academies to engage and reduce […]

OAT Mental Health Curriculum Bid

The project is currently embedding mental health within the curriculum through staff training on building a resilient classroom. This is also being achieved through explicitly teaching students how to independently manage their own mental health and supporting both staff and students with additional mental health needs. The project also promotes mental health coping strategies with […]

Tennis courts

Contribution to development of school / community tennis Facilities to increase interest in the sport

Medway Satellite Academy

Maidstone United Football Club have partnered with The Victory Academy and Holcombe Grammar School, to create a Medway Satellite Academy for the Club. Students will be provided with professional football coaching from UEFA B qualified coaches at the excellent 3G pitches at The Victory Academy and Holcombe Grammar School, whilst also experiencing regular training at […]

Safer Lifestyle Choices

A series of presentations delivered by Street Teams in Walsall, presented to all students on “Preventing Radicalisation for Terrorism and Violent Extremism”. In partnership with Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, a year 9 ‘drop-down’ day was delivered to students. The programme is run with the support of Street Teams, Young Persons Health Advisor (NHS Trust), School […]

Winter Warmer

Pregnancy and family advice and support for mothers

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.