Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Investors in People

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy Awarded Investors in People Gold 

Once again, Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA), in Oldbury, have struck Gold. OSCA are delighted to have achieved the Gold Investors in People Award, an accolade given to organisations who demonstrate best practice in leadership, empowerment and staff development. Going for, and achieving gold, is about vision, teamwork and drive, - this award demonstrates that ‘Team OSCA’ has the winning formula.

The academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), achieved the award after an in depth assessment by Investors in People, a community interest organisation who lead the drive for better leadership and workplaces. OSCA received the organisations prestigious ‘advanced’ level in seven of the assessment’s nine categories, in an achievement that is testament to the dedication of all staff at the academy.

The Gold award places OSCA amongst only 2% of institutions nationally who achieve this level for their belief in realising and recognising the power and potential of their employees.

Investors in People found that colleagues at all levels were actively engaged in capitalising on successes and committed to driving the academy to excellence. As one employee said: “We are constantly thinking about how we are progressing and what help we might need to move forward… it’s an ongoing dialogue.”

The assessment also recognised the academy’s work to develop and empower strong leaders at every level. One member of staff said: “I’m pushed to take opportunities within the school… they enable me to develop and be noticed. The leadership team are all very different, but you can feel their passion for making a difference and it’s contagious!” Teachers and other staff members were highly complementary about the passion of all leaders within the academy.

The majority of academy’s team members responded positively to the statement: “My behaviour reflects the organisation’s values.” These values were found to directly impact the students at Ormiston Sandwell, with one employee commenting: “Everything we do is to encourage the ambition and achievement of the kids,” and another saying that the development of staff demonstrates that: “The values of having aspirations and taking courage are being enacted every day.”

The report clearly demonstrates the commitment the staff all feel to improving the experiences of outcomes for all students. People described how the values are lived and breathed, with one saying: “You can feel it… I’ve never worked in a school quite like it… everyone is valued and part of team OSCA and we are all striving for excellence.” This was also reflected in the wide range of extra-curricular activities for students that staff spoke about during the assessment, from the Brilliant Club, trips to places including Iceland, Peru and the Azores and experiences such as the Duke of Edinburgh award and the annual academy production.

As well as benefiting students, assessors also found that one of the greatest changes the Ormiston Sandwell team has made is establishing the academy at the heart of the community. Many staff members are from the local area of Oldbury and some described the pride they now feel to say they work there. As one staff member said, Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy are “having a far greater impact than simply on our pupils.” Staff were proud to work with a wide variety of community organisations in order to make OSCA the thriving hub it is.

Marie McMahon, Executive Principal of Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, said:

“We are thrilled that Ormiston Sandwell has been awarded the Investors in People Gold Standard. We take the direction, support and values of our academy very seriously and we are proud that this has been recognised.

“The award is a tribute to the collective effort of all of our staff, as well as the parents and pupils who are so supportive of our vision and ethos.

“We now look forward to continuing to drive best practice at the academy and support the development of some of our best people in a way which benefits themselves, our students and the local community.”