One of Ormiston Academy Trust’s rising stars is to take over as principal of Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy (OIEA) when the current head leaves at the end of the academic year.
Nia Salt has been vice-principal at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, in Stoke-on-Trent, for the last five years but in September will become prinicipal at Ilkeston.
During her time as part of the senior leadership team at OSSMA, the Academy’s attendance record surpassed the national average for the first time in its history, and its GCSE results have been consistently above both the national and local authority average.
The current Principal of OIEA, Dave Smith, has decided to leave the Academy after finding the demands of the job increasingly incompatible with a long commute and young family.
Mr Smith joined the school in January 2013 before being appointed permanent principal later that year.
Under his leadership, and since Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) became sponsor of OIEA, GCSE results have almost doubled, from 24 per cent of students achieving at least five GCSEs at C or better including in English and maths in 2012 to 44 per cent last year.
Nia said: “Everyone at OSSMA and across the community has been fabulous to work with, and so welcoming, kind and supportive.
“It is because of everyone here that I feel confident and excited to take the next step in my career, and come to a school with the potential of OIEA. “Dave has put in place great foundations for me to build on.
“I can’t wait to get started at OIEA.”