Students and staff at Ormiston Park Academy are celebrating after receiving excellent GCSE results, with especially strong achievements in maths.
Overall, almost half of the students (48%) achieved a Grade 4 or better in English and maths, with a 4 as the new grade set by the Government as a pass. This is up on the broad equivalent proportion last year, when the old Grade C was still in place.
In maths in particular, significant progress was achieved, with 61% of students achieving at least a Grade 4, which is a 13% increase from last year’s results. In English, 57% of students at the academy achieved a Grade 4 or above, with 37% achieving a Grade 5 or higher – defined by the Government as a “strong pass” or better.
The academy is celebrating 49% of all their students achieving at least one an A or A* grade, with three Grade 9s being achieved – the highest grade possible.
Additionally, more students than last year entered and achieved the EBacc, the set of academic subjects that universities and employers are most impressed by.
There were also some fantastic individual success stories from the day:
- Emily Walker is celebrating an excellent set of results, having achieved a Grade 9 in English Literature, which is the top grade awarded, as well as an 8 in English Language and a 7 in Maths. Amongst her grades, Emily also achieved an A* in Spanish, 3 As in Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science and As in Geography, Statistics and PE.
- Sneha Chowdhury has also achieved significant success, with a Grade 9 in English Literature, and an 8 in both English Language and Maths. She also attained two A*s in History and Spanish, as well as an A in Science and Additional Science.
- Logan Cooper, who is the UK Microsoft Office Specialist Champion for 2016 and 2017, secured the Academy’s Grade 9 in Maths.
- Imogen Edwards achieved a Grade 7 in Maths and English Literature, an ECDL Distinction*, as well as an A in History and Statistics.
- Eniola Oloyede also celebrated success, achieving a Grade 7 in Maths and two As in French and Spanish.
Huw Derrick, Principal at Ormiston Park Academy said:
“This is the first year of the new GCSEs, and English and maths are tougher than previously, with new grades introduced as well – but our students and staff have responded brilliantly, as shown by today’s great results and the many individual success stories. They are a testament to their hard work, talent and dedication, and our students have fully deserved their brilliant grades.
“As a school we have always focused on the achievement of every student, including those taking the academic subjects, and these results bear out our commitment.”
Nick Hudson, Interim CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:
“It is our absolute priority to ensure that every student fulfils their potential, no matter what their background, and we are delighted to see these results from Ormiston Park Academy. Students, staff and parents deserve great credit for these results which reflect their commitment and determination to succeed and we look forward to building on these achievements year after year.”
Students and staff at the Academy are also celebrating after receiving excellent A-level results, marking yet another year of academic progress and personal achievements.
A fifth of all grades achieved by A-level students at the Academy are a top grade (A* or A), with that figure jumping to 44% for all academic qualifications, including A levels. There was a 100% pass rate across A levels.
This is an excellent set of results for the academy, with A-levels on average up by over one grade, and academic qualifications up by two grades. The A-level average point score (APS) was up by 12 percentage points, whilst the academic qualifications APS was up 18 percentage points.
The excellent work of the teaching team was complemented by initiatives offered by its sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), who appointed an ‘Access Champion’, Simon Pedley to help students navigate the university application process and raise their aspirations.
We also have some outstanding individual success stories:
- Yasemin Acikel received three A grades and has been accepted into the University of Westminster to study psychology.
- Emmanuella Williams, a student who relocated from Italy to study A-levels in psychology, health and social care, and sociology, has been accepted to study psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University.
These results follow the hugely positive Ofsted inspection undertaken earlier this year, where the academy achieved a “Good” rating. Inspectors said leaders, including governors and the Ormiston Academies Trust, have created a culture of “high expectations” and are driving “rapid, sustainable improvement”.
Huw Derrick, Principal, said:
“We are absolutely delighted with the outstanding results achieved by our Year 13 students today.
“All of our students have worked incredibly hard for their results and should be really proud. I would also like to thank our brilliant teachers and supportive parents for their contribution to today’s success. We wish all our Year 13 leavers the very best for the future.”
Previous years results and other information about the Academy are published in detail on the Department of Education’s School Performance Tables website – Please Click Here