Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is a not for profit multi-academy sponsor. Ormiston sponsored its first academy in 2006; the Gateway Academy in Thurrock.
At the time it was one of the most challenging schools in the country and only 13 per cent of studen
AQA names Toby Salt as new Chief ExecutiveAQA | News | AQA names Toby Salt as new Chief Executive
AQA names Toby Salt as new Chief ExecutiveAQA names Toby Salt as new Chief Executive
Tuesday 17 Jan 2017
Exam board and education charity AQA has appointed Professor Toby Salt as its new Chief Executive - taking over from Andrew Hall, who is retiring in August.
Toby will join AQA from Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), where he has been Chief Executive since 2012.
During this period he has overseen strong performance in student attainment and progress across the Trust's 31 academies, with record results achieved in last year's GCSE and A-level results.
He has more than 30 years' experience in the education sector, and has held roles including Head of outstanding-rated schools and Deputy Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership, where he led the teams for school-based programmes including teaching schools and National Leaders in Education.Paul Layzell, Chair of AQA's Council of trustees, said: "From his early days as a teacher in a comprehensive school to his current role overseeing more than 30 academies, Toby has shown a tireless commitment to ensuring that every young person realises their full potential.
As AQA shares this mission, Toby is the perfect choice to lead our organisation into the future.
I know he'll provide strong leadership rooted in a deep understanding of the education world, and we're looking forward to welcoming him to AQA in the summer."
Professor Salt said: "I am honoured to be joining AQA, especially at such a critical time for education with the major qualification reforms coming in this year.
I am looking forward to meeting new colleagues and working with them to further AQA's charitable mission to advance education.
But it will be a real wrench to leave OAT.
It is a great team, across all our academies, and I am very proud of what we have achieved.
I would like to put on record my gratitude for all the fantastic support I have received from across the trust, from classroom teachers and principals to the executive team, the Board and our Chair Paul Hann, and Peter and Diana Murray, whose support and commitment has been unwavering."
Toby will join AQA on 3 July as CEO Designate for an initial transition period with Andrew Hall, who will retire at the end of August.
Outline of Professor Salt's careerProfessor Toby Salt, B.Ed (Hons), M.Ed (Dist) is the Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust and Ormiston Education, a charity and incorporated company formed in 2008 to manage academies sponsored by Ormiston Trust.
To date, the Trust sponsors 30 academies across England with responsibilities for 25,000 students.
Ormiston Trust began sponsoring academies to help remove barriers to learning by creating a network of inspirational and inclusive schools and academies that share the same values, but keep their own individual identity.
Previously Toby was Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director for School Leadership Development, and a founding member of the governing council for the National College for School Leadership.He has worked in a variety of leadership roles in education.Before joining the National Collegehe was Executive Head of a federation involving three schools.
Formerly he was a senior civil servant for four years as Director at the Department of Education Innovation Unit and was on the first national pilot of NPQH in 1997.
He has led schools to achieve outstanding Ofsted ratings and worked in a variety of challenging contexts.
Toby has been a representative on Government reference groups and provided special advice to ministers.He remains a governor of a Further Education college and a federation of schools.Toby also contributes to, and is on the editorial board of, a range of national and international professional journals and publications.Toby has been appointed as visiting professor at the University of Wolverhampton for education leadership and is a member of the All Souls Group, Oxford.Toby is also a director of UCAS Media Limited.
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