School Principal Shortlisted For Prestigious ‘Headteacher Of The Year’ Award

20th April 2018

Jane Nolan, Primaries Development Coordinator at Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) and Executive Principal of Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA), has today been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Jane, who has been Principal of OSPA since 2014, has been shortlisted for the ‘Headteacher of the Year’ award by the Times Educational Supplement (TES).

The shortlisting recognises Jane’s outstanding leadership and dedication, which has helped to transform the academy and seen it 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”.

At the heart of Jane’s approach is her commitment to inclusion and enrichment, ensuring that every child, no matter what their starting points, has the opportunity to succeed. From working towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award, to OSPA’s Raising Aspirations programme, pupils at the academy are inspired to believe that they can achieve anything.

Reflective of Jane’s strength of leadership, she was appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) to the national Headteacher Reference Group in 2017. The group, which is made up of leading headteachers from across England, currently advises the government on education policies impacting primary and secondary schools.

Through her role as Primaries Development Coordinator for OAT, Jane is also helping to shape the Trust’s primary development and improvement strategy, as it continues to expand its high-quality primary offer.

The winner of the Headteacher of the Year award will be revealed at the TES gala awards evening on Friday 22nd June, in London.

Jane Nolan, Executive Principal of OSPA and OAT’s Primaries Development Coordinator, said:

“I am honoured to have been shortlisted for the Headteacher of the Year award. Ormiston South Parade Academy would not be the fantastic learning environment that it is today, without the dedication, passion and commitment of the staff, pupils and wider school community, and I’d like to thank them for their continued support.”

Nick Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), said: 

“It is absolutely fantastic that Jane Nolan has been shortlisted for this hugely prestigious award. It is testament to Jane’s truly inspirational leadership, and commitment to ensuring that all pupils at the academy have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and beyond. It has been another exceptional year for Ormiston South Parade Academy and today’s announcement is really well-deserved.”

TES editor, Ann Mroz said:

“It is wonderful to see such innovative ideas and best-practice emerging from our schools and teachers, despite the current squeeze on funding. We had a record year for entries and the standard was the best so far – all those shortlisted should be very proud – it’s an extraordinary achievement.”

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