OA was formed by a group of educational leaders determined to create enriching opportunities for young people struggling to succeed in education. Its principal aims are to encourage students, many of whom live in deprived communities, to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to believe that they can be successful in their own lives.
We recognise that strong governance is crucial to the success of Olive Academies. This is delivered for all our academies though our board and its subcommittees focusing on finance, and education performance and standards. In addition, local governing bodies are established for each of our academies, providing crucial community knowledge, advice and support to help ensure each academy provides the best schooling it can to the young people it works with.
We opened our first AP academy in Thurrock, Essex, in 2015 and our second, in the London Borough of Havering, in September 2016. Our third AP academy opened in central Suffolk in June 2017
OA has developed significant expertise and a strong reputation in a short period, and plans to open further academies in the near future. Through providing strategic advice and leadership, outcomes have improved for young people as well as the capacity and performance of the school leaders. This work is based on setting clear objectives followed by the systematic monitoring of progress.
Olive Academies has high expectations of young people and a deep understanding of their needs. In our experience the team has always been responsive, professional and full of integrity. It has been and continues to be a very productive partnership.
Andrew Blake-Herbert, Chief Executive of Havering Council