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.