OAT Academies: Updates

OAT Futures Careers Portal

At the Annual OAT Conference, an online careers portal at OAT was launched to help students make choices on their futures. 

This is a part of OAT’s wider goal to enhance careers services for young people. This portal serves to assist not only OAT students but young people across the UK who want to know more about career options. The purpose of OAT Futures is to create meaningful, career-related opportunities, educate students on their options and choices and support the development of employability skills.

The portal aims to remove geographical barriers in awareness of career opportunities as it is based around an interactive map and allows students to browse through careers and watch short films of people doing each role involved. It also provides a summary and advice points page from the featured individuals that also discusses the qualifications they took.

The first phase of the career portal is focused on maritime careers and the second phase focuses on OAT alumni.

To see the portal visit the link here and to read more about OAT Futures, its development and the different stages visit the Ormiston Academies Trust website here.

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy’s new principal 

Cliff Park Ormiston Academy will be welcoming Harry French as their new principal from the summer term onwards. 

Mr French grew up in Norfolk and did his teacher training in the region. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in product design and initially worked in the business world before teaching. He qualified as a design technology teacher in 2005 and had his first headship in 2013.

As a headteacher, Mr French led various schools on a school improvement journey and has a track record of success in raising standards and outcomes for students.

Joining Cliff Park his aim is to ensure students flourish academically and personally and ensure that the academy remains embedded in the community in Great Yarmouth.

To read more about Mr French and his background, visit the Ormiston Academies Trust website here. 

Cowes Enterprise College shortlisted for Maritime UK Award

Cowes Enterprise College has been shortlisted for a prestigious Maritime UK Award, recognizing the academy’s excellent work embedding maritime learning into the curriculum.

The academy has worked in collaboration with the maritime sector to create this curriculum and has local maritime experts come in to support specific lessons. Maritime content is embedded into traditional curriculum subjects and applied to practical projects like boat building and sail design. Students are also given exposure to different roles in maritime industries with careers encounters and field trips.

The Maritime UK Awards are to celebrate the sector and are open to organisations from across the sector and associated sectors.

To read more about the scheme at Cowes Enterprise College and the award, visit the Ormiston Academies Trust website here.

James is the Chief Executive officer of Ormiston Trust. He has worked as an organisation advisor in the private, public and voluntary sectors, helping organisations to grow sustainably over the medium to long term. He has helped charities for over 20 years in the fields of strategic development, partnership setup, programme and project delivery.

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.