“The whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.”Sir Michael Wilkins - Academy Principal and Chief Executive
The Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) was borne out of the success of Outwood Grange, a large school of 2,200 students which has achieved record exam results every year for the past 10 years, culminating in 84% including English & Maths. Outwood Grange is an Outstanding school recognised by Ofsted – achieving all Grade 1s – and was one of the first National Leader of Education Support Schools.
We believe we have the capacity and the experience to inspire students and staff and bring about rapid and sustained improvement for the benefit of the Local Authority and community.
Outwood academies in Worksop have received high praise from Ofsted following inspections in both academies and the Post 16 in the second week of March 2014. The two academies, Outwood Academy Portland and Outwood Academy Valley, along with their shared Post 16 Centre were inspected under the new Ofsted framework, which is recognised as being far tougher than previous Ofsted inspections. At the end of both inspections the inspectors awarded leadership and management in both Outwood Academy Portland and Outwood Academy Valley the highest category available of ‘Outstanding’. The inspections then went on to grade Outwood Academy Portland as outstanding overall and Outwood Academy Valley as good overall. The Outwood Post 16 was recognised within the Outwood Academy Portland inspection as also being outstanding overall. Sir Michael Wilkins, Academy Principal and Chief Executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust, who are the sponsors of both academies and Outwood Post 16 Centre, stated “I am delighted that, at last, the children of Worksop are receiving the standard of education they deserve. Two years ago parents could choose between two schools in Ofsted categories of ‘Special Measures’ and ‘Notice to Improve’, now all children can receive good and outstanding education without leaving Worksop. We expect both academies and the Post 16 Centre to continue to go from strength to strength under the outstanding leadership of the three Principals, Angela Hull, Dr Phil Smith, Elaine Hamilton and the Executive Principal, Paul Tarn. It has been the unwavering commitment and hard work of these leaders along with the rest of their staff, students, parents and governors that has led to the rapid transformation of these schools”.
Sir Michael Wilkins, the academy principal and chief executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust, has had the honour of Knighthood conferred upon him in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
The Trust is delighted to announce that, for the third year running, all Outwood academies have achieved record results with the most recent secondary academy to join the group, Outwood Academy Brumby (Scunthorpe) seeing an increase of 28% in 5+ A*-C including English and maths to 61%. This success followed an Ofsted inspection when the academy was awarded an outstanding progress judgement from Special Measures in less than a year.