GCSE results: Outstanding student successes across the Trust

In a year when tougher new exams have been introduced across all subjects, our academies have achieved strong results and there are inspiring stories at every academy across the Trust.

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Overall, more than 239 exams taken by students across the Trust achieved a Grade 9 – the new top grade in all GCSE subjects, equivalent to a very high A* - an outstanding achievement.

More than half of all our GCSE students (54%) this year achieved at least a Grade 4 in English and in Maths – with a Grade 4 the Government’s benchmark pass grade. That is the same mark as last year, with academies across the Trust making sustained progress and improvement, despite this being the first year of the more demanding new exams in all subjects. Some 68% of students achieved at least a Grade 4 in English. Additionally, some 50% of GCSE students achieved a Grade 5 or better in English. Meanwhile, 60% gained Grade 4 or better in maths.

OAT has always been a Trust that is determined to raise aspirations and broaden horizons. We work with academies in some of the most challenging areas of the country and many students join us with below expected levels of attainment for their age, but we are determined that every student is supported to fulfil their potential, an ethos that underpins our success. So it is especially pleasing to see, again, the significant improvements among the GCSE results of disadvantaged students across the Trust’s 29 secondary academies.

The proportion of these students achieving a 4+ in English rose two percentage points from last year and is now at 55%. Among the stand-out OAT academies today are:

  • City of Norwich School, where over half of the year group achieved at least a Grade 5 and 121 exams achieved top grades 9 / A*. • Ormiston Venture Academy in Great Yarmouth, where there was significant improvement - up 16 percentage points from 2017 on the main measure.
  • Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Cheshire, where record results have been achieved with an impressive 75% of students achieving the headline measure, 13 points up on last year.
  • Cowes Enterprise College in Isle of Wight, where students achieved record-breaking results for the fourth consecutive year since the academy joined OAT.
  • Tenbury High Ormiston Academy in Worcestershire, with 72% of students achieving the main measure up five points compared to last year.

Today’s results are thanks to the hard work and talent of OAT students, the fantastic support from families across the country, and the great teaching and leadership from our staff. We are immensely proud of everyone’s efforts and delighted that so many of our students will be able to take up their chosen post-16 pathways and continue to flourish.

Nick Hudson, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"I would like to congratulate all our students on the results that they have achieved today – these are a testament to the hard work, commitment and determination to succeed shown by all our students, staff, parents and carers.

"In a year when the new tougher GCSE exams were rolled out across all subjects, our students have responded brilliantly. Numerous academies have achieved their best-ever results and there are some fantastic individual success stories. We look forward to building on these achievements in the year ahead.

"At OAT, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students fulfils their potential, regardless of their background or starting point. We work to ensure that students not only have access to an excellent education, but also to support the all-round wellbeing and development of the young people we serve and raising their aspirations, working in some of the most challenging and disadvantaged communities in the country."


Picture caption: Ormiston Venture Academy student, high achiever, Leon Goodwin gets a hug from his proud mum Sarah.