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Why work for ODST

At ODST we pride ourselves on being very different from the image you might have of working for a large multi academy trust.

We are wholly committed to our family feel and preserving and developing the unique nature of each of our schools. Our schools are empowered to work with their local governing bodies to make the decisions they believe to be right for their pupils and community. They are supported by our small central team to ensure they have the resources and skills to be able to do the job brilliantly. 

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Support and development

We operate a strong school effectiveness programme, developed with the input of headteachers. A regular programme of CPD activities is available to staff, to enable up-skilling and knowledge sharing across schools. 

We are keen to promote staff development through this CPD and through in-school development, as well as through opportunities that being part of a large family of schools presents, such as cross-school working, secondments or mentoring.

Don’t just take our word for it though...

‘School leaders rate the training provided by the Trust highly… the training that they and their staff have benefited from would have been otherwise out of their reach.’

Ofsted Summary Evaluation of ODST, January 2019

‘Since the school became part of the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust, half-termly visits from trust officers have ensured that the school continues to meet all statutory requirements. More recently they have supported the development of your middle leaders’ skills. The trust also offers training for all teachers and governors in an increasing range of subject areas’

St Christopher’s, Langford, Ofsted, Oct 17

‘The MAT has provided a high level of support, encouragement and challenge to leaders. The school improvement adviser from the MAT visits the school regularly and has an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and where further improvements are needed'

Datchet St Mary’s Academy , Ofsted. May 18

Equal opportunities

ODST is a fair employer promoting equal opportunities, which do not disadvantage any person on the grounds of a protected characteristic. It is designed to ensure that clear and transparent guidelines are provided for all working in ODST and to ensure that ODST complies with its legal obligations under the Equality Act (2010).