Who We Are
Outwood Grange Academies Trust is an education charity and not-for-profit sponsor of primary, junior and secondary academies. We are a dynamic organisation, recognised nationally as one of the highest performing family of schools in the North of England, and we currently sponsor over 30 schools.
Our educational blueprint has been developed through leading and supporting schools over many years.
We have used this successful blueprint to sponsor academies and have a transformational effect on children’s life chances within very quick timescales.
We feel strongly that academies should enhance the education provision of the community they serve, in addition to driving up standards and playing a central role in regeneration. This is because we believe that improving the life chances of young people is essential to developing a strong local and national economy.
We are now comprised of over 30 schools who work together to ensure that all children, irrespective of their starting point, receive an excellent education. We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of children in our care, including the most vulnerable or challenging.
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As a high-performing multi-academy trust we embrace the opportunity to ensure that all children, irrespective of their starting point, receive an excellent education.
We relish the opportunity to be part of the much needed regeneration of the areas we work in. We are serious about the part we have to play in regenerating the areas we serve by placing an outstanding school at the heart of the community.
To do this, we ensure that:
students are always at the forefront of what we do, so we can help them to reach their potential
that all our staff strive to be experts in our respective fields
together, as a trust, we are obsessive about attaining the highest standards, thereby enhancing children’s life-chances.
Quite simply, we want to be known for placing:
Students first; raising standards and transforming lives.
OGAT academies are supported by a central executive team which works with Principals, academy leaders and academy councils to implement the OGAT model and deliver the vision of Students First: Raising standards and transforming lives.
Our board of trustees oversees the central organisation and is the legal governing body for all OGAT academies. The board of trustees delegates many of its functions to the Academy Council in each academy. The local community, parents and staff are represented on each Academy Council.
"...recognised nationally as one of the highest performing chains of schools"
The values of our Trust
We feel strongly that academies should enhance the educational provision of an area, drive up standards, particularly for the most vulnerable, and play a central role in the regeneration of communities. We believe that improving young people’s life chances is essential to developing a strong local economy. Our philosophy and values are reflected in the ten underlying principles of our trust:
We always put ‘Students First’. We care deeply about children;
We want to be known for our track record in raising standards: we are obsessive about results;
Our staff are experts in their field and through the Outwood Institute of Education (OIE) we will always aim to recruit, retain and continuously develop both our own staff and help to develop the whole education system; in particular supporting the development of multi-academy trusts, to the best of our ability;
We want to transform the life-chances of our children by focussing on raising standards, particularly the basic skills of literacy and numeracy as well as employability skills so that our students have the best possible start in life;
We believe that local children should attend local schools and we are not, and never will be, selective in our admissions: we are fully inclusive and welcome children from vulnerable groups, e.g. SEND, Looked After Children, etc;
We play our full role in behaviour partnerships/hard to place protocols;
We follow the guiding principles of School Teachers Pay & Conditions and National Joint Council conditions of service and want to work positively with trade unions and actively involve them in our decision making;
We always put collaboration before competition and will never do anything detrimental to a young person, member of staff, school or college in a neighbouring community;
We believe in the implementation of a systematic model, our 7 strand transformation model, across our multi-academy trust which enables every individual academy and all our academies collectively, our ‘family of schools’, to significantly raise standards and transform children’s life-chances. Individual academies are encouraged to retain and develop their own unique local community links and character alongside our transformation model;
We will ensure we create capacity in advance of need at every level of the organisation. Decisions to support new schools will be led by the capacity available and in our confidence that our existing academies continue to perform. Parents/carers and students would quite rightly never forgive us if standards in our existing academies declined.
The Outwood Family
Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) is a not-for-profit charity which sponsors primary, junior and secondary academies. We are fortunate that our past performance has been recognised nationally and that we are regarded as one of the highest performing multi-academy trusts and the highest performing family of schools in the North of England.
OGAT was one of the first multi-academy trusts first sponsoring academies back in 2009 and prior to this having a number of years’ experience in running and supporting schools under National Leaders of Education (NLE) contracts. As such we have developed, and continue to develop, our model for school improvement which is focused on creating a collaborative pedagogical model and has a transformational effect on children’s life chances within very quick timescales.