Ormiston South Parade Academy leadership recognised for outstanding contributions to teaching

Jane Nolan and Kate Robinson

The Executive Principal and Head of School at Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA) have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to teaching this week, meeting the Prime Minister and visiting Buckingham Palace.

Kate Robinson, Head of School, attended a special reception in Downing Street on Monday, hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May, to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of teachers. Kate has taught at the academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), for eight years and is the Key Stage 1 Phase Leader and Literacy Leader. In 2016, she won the award for ‘Inspiring Graduates of the Future’ at the OAT awards.

In the same week, Jane Nolan, Executive Principal of OSPA and Primaries Development Coordinator for OAT, attended The Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her work for Teach First, a social enterprise which aims to tackle educational disadvantage in England and Wales. The event is also set to be the first appearance of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following the Royal Wedding on Saturday.

Reflective of Jane and Kate’s leadership, OSPA was recently ranked in the top 1% of primary schools in the country for the progress its pupils make, and as the top primary school in North East Lincolnshire.

In July 2016, the academy was rated Good by Ofsted in its first inspection since joining OAT. In the report, inspectors praised Jane for her very strong and effective leadership, and for establishing a culture of high expectations at the academy.

In a line-up of impressive national award shortlistings, OSPA has also recently been shortlisted for ‘Primary School of the Year’ in the 2018 Pearson Teaching Awards, as well as Jane Nolan being shortlisted for Headteacher of the Year at both the prestigious Pearson and TES awards.

Kate Robinson, Head of School, at Ormiston South Parade Academy said: “It is such an honour and a delight to have been recognised at the Downing Street reception event. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with other teachers, and share experiences, whilst celebrating our work. One of the most rewarding aspects of this job is the positive impact that you have on pupils, and knowing that you’re making a difference to their lives.”

Jane Nolan, Executive Principal of Ormiston South Parade Academy, said: “The event was an amazing opportunity to meet so many inspiring people. It has been another fantastic year at OSPA, and the achievements are a result of the hard work of all our teachers and pupils, who I would like to extend my deepest thanks to. We are all working hard to ensure our academy continues to achieve and meet the high standards we have set, so that we can provide the very best education for our pupils.”