Ormiston Academies: Updates

Another round of exciting updates from Ormiston Academies are listed below!

Ormiston Maritime Academy Ofsted Praise

Ormiston Maritime Academy has been praised by Ofsted for taking action to make improvements and raise standards at the school.

Following an academy visit on June 30th, Ofsted inspectors noted the clear vision and high aspirations the school has for its students. This vision has led to a unified effort to deliver the academy’s plans to improve as a school.

The academy was also praised for effective support provided by leaders as they deliver professional development for teachers, leadership guidance for subject leaders and closely support the improvement plans. They also praised the academy’s commitment to high standards, discipline and inclusivity.

Principal Carrianne Robson, said: “We are thrilled that Ofsted has recognised the hard work, commitment and passion that students, staff, the Trust, our Governors and our wider school community has put in to get Ormiston Maritime Academy to where it is today.

Click here to learn more about the positive feedback Ormiston Maritime Academy received by Ofsted.

Stoke High School Sporting Opportunities 

Stoke High school has new state-of-the-art sporting facilities to encourage students to get involved in new sports and forms of physical activity.

The school has bought a variety of new sporting equipment, including a brand new 5G football pitch and 2 Grand Master Trampolines. Football, trampolining and gymnastics have always been popular sports for students at the school and these new facilities will allow students to continue to participate in their favourite activities and explore different sporting opportunities.

Another part of the school’s commitment of providing students with the opportunity to try different sports and activities students will be able to play basketball on outside courts, use the fitness suites and use the outside gym. Alongside sports, Stoke High School provides a wide variety of enrichment programmes including chess club, crafting and music club.

For more information about Stoke High School visit the Ormiston Academies Trust website. 

Flegg High Ormiston Academy supported by Read Aloud initative

Students at Flegg High Ormiston Academy received a donation from the Norfolk Broads Lions Club to help access reading books as a part of the new “Read Aloud” scheme.

The “Read Aloud” scheme has teachers reading to their Year 7 students daily for twenty minutes to improve literacy, mental health and promote a love for reading.

The Lions Club has supported this initiative by donating money to fund new books for the project. For anyone interested in supporting the school to raise funds for new books there is a Just Giving page here. To read more about the initiative at Flegg High Ormiston Academy, 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.