Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

OSCA Principal Chosen for key School Support Role

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy Principal chosen for key school support role.

The Executive Principal and staff at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Marie McMahon, who leads the academy, sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), has been appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) by the National College of Teaching and Leadership, part of the Department for Education.

NLEs, along with staff in their school - designated a national support school (NSS) - use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools. 

They are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming executive headteachers. They also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.

Marie McMahon, Executive Principal at OSCA, said:

“I am so proud that all the fantastic work we have been doing at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy over the last few years has been recognised by the awarding of this status. As well as continuing to strive for excellence here at OSCA, we are delighted we will now be able to share our expertise to help drive improvement in other schools too.”

Ms McMahon, who has been Executive Principal of OSCA since February 2013, has led the academy through a period of rapid progress which:

  • Has seen the school judged to be Good by Ofsted
  • Has led to a significant improvement in students’ results, and
  • Has seen the completion of a multi-million pound build project.

Many NLEs/NSSs report improved outcomes at the schools they support.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:

“It’s fantastic that heads like Marie McMahon have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people, not just in their own but in other schools as well.

“The aim of national leaders of education is to drive improvement in under-performing schools.
We now have over 1,200 NLEs and we’re working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”  

Successful heads have been invited to attend a formal induction and training event for the role in driving school improvement.

For further information contact Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy on 0121 5525501
For more information about the NLE programme visit www.gov.uk/nctl