Ambitions Academies Trust (AAT) is celebrating after three of its education leaders received prestigious honours.
Alex Prout, Director of Primary Education at Ambitions and Nicki Morton, the Trust’s Director of Special Education have been appointed National Leaders of Education by the National College for Teaching & Leadership.
While Ambitions Academies Trust Advisor Brian Hooper received an OBE for services to education in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
National Leaders of Education – known as NLEs – are strong school leaders who use their expertise to provide support to a network of schools and in doing so, help them raise educational standards.
Alex Prout started teaching in September 1999 at Turlin Moor Community School and as Principal of Queen’s Park Academy in Bournemouth, led the school from special measures to outstanding in Ofsted judgements.
Her subsequent leadership of King’s Park Academy and Manorside Academy has also led to both making rapid progress;
King’s Park school was judged by the local authority as requiring rapid improvement in July 2014 and together with poor results had the highest exclusion rate in Bournemouth.
Exclusion rates at King’s Park Academy are now at 0 per cent with the school achieving some of the best progress rates in KS2 across Bournemouth.
Manorside School was also a failing school but has just achieved one of the highest early years development scores in Poole.
Alex is currently seconded to the role of interim Executive Head Teacher at Bournemouth’s only free school, Parkfield.
She said: “I receive huge satisfaction from developing other leaders and building outstanding, sustainable leadership which results in rapidly improved outcomes for all children.
“Being an NLE is an immense honour and something I intend to explore to its full potential.”
Nicki Morton provides professional leadership and management for the special needs academies within the Ambitions Trust – Tregonwell Academy and Longspee Academy in Poole. Her support has contributed to both receiving outstanding Ofsted inspections.
Nicki has over 15 years of leadership experience within special school settings and has worked extensively with children who have a range of learning difficulties and behavioural issues.
She said: “I am very much looking forward to working as an NLE. It is a great privilege to be asked to work in other school settings and there is always so much we can learn from working together.”
Brian Hooper is the former CEO of AAT.
He said: “I feel deeply humbled and honoured to receive an OBE and incredibly proud that Ambitions is being recognised for raising education standards across Poole and Bournemouth.”
He continued: “Last year was a very successful one for AAT with Longspee Academy in Poole achieving an Outstanding Ofsted grade and St Aldhelm’s Academy being taken out of special measures and achieving Good status.
“The Trust is now looking forward to further successes in 2017, driven by our principals, our hugely committed teachers and our new NLEs Nicki and Alex, who will also be using their expertise to help other local schools raise standards.”