Mark Vickers, Chief Executive Officer of Olive Academies, awarded MBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours List

It was announced today that Mark Vickers, Chief Executive Officer of Olive Academies, has been awarded an MBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours List for his services to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Mark Vickers said, “I feel immensely privileged to be awarded this honour and want to acknowledge…

Collette Hunnisett appointed as Executive Headteacher of Olive AP academies in Havering and Thurrock

Olive Academies is pleased to announce that Collette Hunnisett will be taking up her post as Executive Headteacher with responsibility for Olive AP Academy – Havering and Olive AP Academy – Thurrock from 4 January 2021. This is a significant appointment for Olive Academies. Collette was appointed headteacher of Olive AP Academy – Thurrock in…

Olive academies remain open as support continues for students, parents/carers and staff 

Following government guidance, all of our academies remain open during new national restrictions which begin on 5 November until the provisional date of 2 December. Olive Academies would like to reassure all staff, students and parents/carers that protecting the health and mental wellbeing of our academy communities and supporting the learning of our students remains…

Our AP academies welcome back students

Teachers and staff at all Olive academies gave a warm welcome back to students this week as they returned following the summer break.   Staff training days prior to opening were spent on making sure that our academies are as safe as possible to reduce risks around the transmission of coronavirus.  We have produced personal…

Department for Education announces funding package to support the transition of Year 11 students in alternative provision

Olive Academies is delighted that funding from the Department for Education has been secured for targeted transition and mentoring support for Year 11 pupils in alternative provision (AP) schools and academies across England. Mark Vickers, Chief Executive at Olive Academies and Chair of the AP/SEND MAT CEO Network, has been involved in weekly discussions with…

Olive Academies partners with Thomas Deacon Education Trust to support launch of new alternative provision academy in Peterborough

On 1st May 2020 Peterborough’s Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) joined the Thomas Deacon Education Trust (TDET) and was renamed the Richard Barnes Academy.   Olive Academies was invited by the Department for Education to support TDET on this new project. It marks the first time two multi-academy trusts have worked together to launch an alternative…

An update from Olive Academies in response to the Coronavirus

On 18 March 2020 the Prime Minister announced school closures as part of the government’s strategy to control the spread of the Coronavirus across England. In response, Olive Academies staff from across our network pulled together, worked fast and developed new support plans for all our students and their families. These plans were rolled out…