One In A Million (OIAM) Academy Trust was established in 2012 and comprises outstanding teachers, educationalists, business experts and sports professionals. As the vision Sponsor, we are committed to raising educational standards within the City of Bradford. Our secondary free school is welcoming of students from all backgrounds and of all abilities. Our school ensures each individual student has the opportunity to flourish and achieve his or her potential, in turn contributing to raising educational attainment and improving life chances across the City of Bradford.
The vision for our Academy Trust has been developed as a result of the OIAM Charity’s commitment to community engagement and its extensive experience of delivering successful community based programmes in sport, the arts and enterprise to over 1,500 young people each week as part of its Hub & Spoke Model. It is through an understanding of the needs of the young people we work with, coupled with our drive and determination to make a difference, that the OIAM Academy Trust is committed to offering a sustainable and successful alternative in educational provision within Bradford.
Building upon the strong principles underpinning successful Charter schools in the USA, our school is small in size, ensuring each student is well known to each other and the wider school community. The ‘smallness’ of One In A Million Free School is a strength.
We wish to establish outstanding schools that offer a unique learning experience that is themed across sport, the arts and enterprise and framed around a connected and creative approach to learning. We believe children must be equipped for learning with enquiring minds, significant levels of independence, higher order thinking strategies and intrinsic motivation. Students in our schools will problem-solve, collaborate, negotiate and constantly seek new avenues of learning and challenge. They will be taught strategic higher order thinking skills and will emerge as critical, creative thinkers who have much to offer their employer and community.
We believe our unique learning offer will enhance the life chances of all our students, ensuring they can utilise their skills and talents to better themselves and their communities. When students leave a One In A Million School, they will be active participants in their community, acting as role models and using their talents and skills to engage others in positive community activities and programmes. Our students will be confident and have a level of self-belief and self-discipline that enables them to participate in professional and leisure based activities through work and/or volunteering. Our students will be proud of the communities in which they learn and live.