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Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) – vision and values

Vision

The driving ambition of all of our staff is that

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

Sir Michael Wilkins, Founding CEO

Hence, OGAT’s vision is:

Students First

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. To achieve this aim staff within OGAT have three values in common.
They:

  • put ‘students first’ – they care deeply about children;
  • strive to be experts in their respective fields; and
  • are obsessive about attaining the highest standards.

As a multi-academy trust we want to be known for placing…

“Students first: raising standards and transforming lives”
Martyn Oliver, CEO

Who we are

Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) is a not for profit sponsor of primary and secondary academies and is recognised nationally as one of the highest performing chains of schools and is the highest performing family of schools in the North of England. We have developed our educational blueprint from the original school at Outwood Grange Academy and used this to sponsor schools, having a transformational effect on children’s life chances within very quick timescales.

All academies within our trust work closely with each other as a ‘family of schools’. Indeed, each academy individually and collectively forms the trust: the trust as a whole is not a separate body or group of people but rather one single organisation made up of all our academies with one single vision and shared set of values. Together we all work 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.

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, resilience and subsequent achievement and attainment.

We have always had excellent working relationships with unions and these partnerships have reinforced our way of working. We would never do anything that would be detrimental to any child, staff or school in a neighbouring community. More importantly, we care as much about the results and outcomes of children in other schools as we do our first academy. In order to effect a sustainable transformation for the community we would wish to work with other local education providers and in particular the primary schools which feed in to our secondary schools as these are critical to the long term future of an area. We are serious about the part we have to play in regenerating the area by placing an outstanding school at the heart of the community.

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

Professor David Hargreaves, Cambridge, 2010