Ormiston Academies: Updates

The fourth round of exciting updates from OAT schools are outlined below!

New sixth form block at City of Norwich School

Last week the City of Norwich school celebrated the opening of their newly built sixth form block- the Elkins Centre.

The new facility has four new classrooms, a study centre and a cafe area. The opening of the new facility will allow the school to expand its teaching provision for A-level students.

The building is named after the school’s longest-serving former headmaster Dr Tom Elkins. Dr Elkins was the headmaster of the City of Norwich School for 22 years and was instrumental in building its reputation for providing excellent education.

Dr Elkins was present at the unveiling of the new block last week, as well as the Lord Mayor of Norwich and more than 50 members of the CNS community. Current headteacher Jo Philpott and director of sixth form Kate Nichols both delivered speeches at the event.

Headteacher Jo Philpott, said: “It was a delight to welcome Dr Tom Elkins, his family, and members of the wider CNS community to join us for this happy occasion. Dr Elkin’s leadership shaped and impacted the lives of countless students and staff who remember him with respect and fondness. The new facilities reflect the true value we place on enable current and future students in enabling them to be successful and in empowering all students to be Excellent in All.”

Click here to read more about the unveiling and the impressive accomplishments of the City of Norwich school on the Ormiston Academies Trust website.


Ormiston Endeavor Academy awarded as LGTBQ+ champions

Recently, Ormiston Endeavour Academy was awarded the Stonewall School and College Champion Gold Award. The award is in recognition of the academy’s commitment to supporting and celebrating diversity in the LGBTQ+ community.

The academy’s work in supporting their LGBTQ+ community started with a student-driven enrichment initiative and the appointment of student ambassadors. This led them to be the first lead school for Suffolk Pride and receiving the Diana Award for Anti-Bullying.

The academy has continued support of LGBTQ+ students and created an inclusive environment for students allowing them to receive 64 out of 70 marks to receive the Gold award. The Stonewall organization provided feedback that staff training demonstrated a school-wide approach to supporting LGBTQ+ children and young people and that measures at the school built LGBTQ+ student confidence.

Principal Jamie Daniels said: “I am delighted to see that our projects, which were created based on our student’s voices, have had such a positive impact and will continue to do so for a long time to come. It is fantastic that Stonewall has acknowledged the culture of kindness and respect we seek to foster for all students.”

To read more about the criteria for the award visit the full article on 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.

Tom heads up Comms and Youth Engagement here at Ormiston Trust. His role focuses mainly on helping run the Youth Advisory Council, as well as heading up our social media accounts and planning events. His creative roots lie in journalism, music and theatre as well as horticulture and creative producing, having been involved in a variety of workshops and projects. Tom is passionate about the environment and politics and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Birmingham in International Relations.

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.