The Project

In 2018 Ormiston Trust, together with the Association of Sail Training Oranisations, The Honourable Company of Master Mariners and Trinity House, partnered together to create a unique and exciting project. The Leading Lights Project gave Year 9 & 10 students from Ormiston academies, the opportunity to participate in a sailing adventure with inspirational leaders in business.

This exciting opportunity enabled students and business people, to work and learn together on board a fully-crewed sailing ship. On board were a professional crew from the Ocean Youth Trust South who taught the skills that were required to sail. Both students and professionals alike – many of whom had never sailed before – were actively involved in every aspect of sailing the boat, from hoisting and lowering sails, steering, navigation, anchoring, cooking and keeping watch.

At the heart of the project, the aim was to enable the students to recognise that they can achieve more, exceed their own expectations and push themselves out of their comfort zone. Our goal was to increase their resilience and determination to ultimately raise their aspirations in life. The business people spent time chatting to, and coaching the students, which involved talking to them about aspirations and careers; providing advice, opening-up networks and helping to build the students’ confidence.

Either side of the voyages, each of the Ormiston academies worked with the successful candidates to further the development of their aspirations, and get them thinking about how they might get more involved in their schools and communities. This work was in the form of sessions around careers, inspirational speakers and much more. Following the voyage we have enabled ongoing contact between students and business leaders who have felt proud to share their progress as part of a new support network.

We were awarded Standard 1 from Project Oracle meaning that we had a project model, Theory of Change and an evaluation plan in place which were all certified.