“The whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal. ”

Sir Michael Wilkins, Founding Chief Executive

The Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) was born 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 80% including English & Maths. Outwood Grange Academy 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.

OGAT currently has six National Leaders of Education; Sir Michael Wilkins, Julie Slater, Martyn Oliver, Robert Tarn, Lee Wilson and Dr Phil Smith who all have extensive experience of working in schools from Special Measures to Outstanding. OGAT is recognised nationally as a high performing chain of schools and is one of the highest performing Family of Schools in the country.

OGAT is a multi-academy sponsor and the Family of Schools currently comprises of fifteen academies who work together 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 all areas we work in and wish to play a full role in the wider community.

We bring a breadth of professional development and are one of the first 100 designated Teaching Schools, with partner schools in our alliance stretching from our own schools in Nottinghamshire to Cramlington Learning Village in Northumberland. The Outwood Institute of Education offers school improvement training both nationally and internationally in all elements of school leadership and learning.

OGAT has developed the Outwood Grange Transformation Model of school improvement which has evolved from the work which originally took place at Outwood Grange, enabling the school to move from the bottom 10% of schools in the country to the top 10% culminating in an outstanding Ofsted. The Outwood Grange Transformation Model is comprised of the following areas:

1. Leadership with vision and efficacy (Deeps)
2. Quality in the classroom (L4L)
3. Curriculum design (2 KS3, 3 KS4)
4. Monitoring and intervention (4XI model)
5. Systems and policies (Finances, Consequences, Day)
6. Targeted professional development (2 hours L&P)
7. Praise culture for staff and students (Pledges)

The impact of our knowledge, experience and DNA was recognised by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector in their annual report, when OGAT was citied as a high performing MAT.

As an organisation we build capacity in advance of need; this enables us to provide support to other schools at very short notice. Through our leadership model we successfully develop leaders at all levels who are then able to take on whole school/academy responsibilities or to be deployed across our Family of Schools. Our Directors of subjects (Maths, English, Science, Performing Arts, Curriculum design, MFL, Humanities, Primary) bring outstanding leadership, working across all our schools in the Family and contributing extensively to school improvement. We have 91 SLEs for deployment in the Alliance and of these, 30 SLEs from the Outwood Trust.

We pride ourselves in meeting the needs of all children in our care, including those who are most vulnerable or challenging. These groups of students are a major priority and we work closely with parents/carers in helping to raise their children’s self-esteem and subsequent achievement and attainment. We are highly successful in introducing alternative curriculum models that are targeted at the children who are predicted to get few or no GCSEs, or in danger of not achieving an A*-C grade in English and Maths.

“Outwood Grange Family of Schools is the prototype of where schools will be tomorrow. ”

Professor David Hargreaves, Cambridge, 2010