Ormiston Academies Trust achieves improved A-level results

  • Record number of Ormiston students secure Oxbridge and Medicine places.
  • Results show no attainment gap between disadvantaged students in OAT academies and their peers.
Hannah Pearce, Sudbury

Students across Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) are celebrating their A-level results today – with improved results achieved at almost every academy and across the Trust as a whole.

More than a third of all A-level entries by students in OAT academies were graded A* to B and dozens of students are heading off to Russell Group universities, with a record number, eight, being offered places at Oxbridge or for highly-prized Medicine courses, with a number of others still waiting to hear. Other students have achieved coveted apprenticeships.

Both the A-level average points score and A level average grade are higher this year than in 2017 across OAT, and 12 of OAT’s 15 academies with sixth forms – in spite of the introduction of new, tougher exams. Vocational education continues to be a strength of OAT academies, with the average grade Distinction.

This was achieved by the hard work of our talented students, and the excellence of the teaching team across OAT academies, complemented by the support of the Trust’s central team in supporting students to navigate the university application process and undertake a wide range of enrichment activities designed to broaden student’s horizons, to help them secure places at leading universities.

OAT is committed to being the Trust that makes the biggest difference and has always sought to tackle the toughest challenges in education, with many of its academies located in disadvantaged parts of the country. The Trust works hard to ensure that students are provided with the same opportunities as their better-off peers, working to raise their aspirations and ensuring that they fulfil their potential.

The success of this approach is demonstrated by the increase in attainment among disadvantaged students from OAT being higher this year than last – to the extent that there is no attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students, bucking the national trend.

Individual academy and student success stories include:

Cowes Enterprise College celebrated an increase in top grades, with:

  • Etienne Tracey achieving A*A*AB and gaining a place at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University to study Human, Social and Political Science
  • Daisy Cody off to study Medicine at Southampton University after achieving four A grades

City of Norwich School has performed exceptionally once again this year, with four students securing Cambridge University places and 36 students gaining Russell Group university spots. Meanwhile five students secured five high-level apprenticeships, including at a leading solicitors’ firm. The successes include:

  • Callum Churchman, who will study Natural Sciences at Cambridge University after achieving A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and her Extended Project
  • Sophie Drew will also read Natural Sciences at Cambridge after gaining A*s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and an A in Chemistry
  • Jack Curson won his place to study Human, Social and Political Science at Cambridge after securing A*s in English Literature and History, and A grades in Government and Politics and his Extended Project
  • Ben Pease-Barton, the winner of the Creativity Prize at this year’s OAT Annual Awards, also achieved 2 A*s and 2 As, securing a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

George Salter Academy, where:

  • Two students, Ria Shemar (A*AA) and Elisha Kaila (A*ABB) gained places at Birmingham University to study Medicine
  • Megan Haney gained three As and is studying Archaeology also at Birmingham University

Ormiston Victory Academy, where there was a 100% pass rate across all A Levels, and record results for the academy recorded in mathematics. An impressive 86% of students achieved a grade A* to C and 71% achieved the top A* to B grades

Ormiston SWB Academy, which achieved a significant improvement on last year’s results after joining OAT in August last year. More than double the number of its exam entries achieved A* to C grades compared to last year

Nick Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

“Almost every OAT academy has achieved improved results, and there have been some exceptional performances by individual students. Our young people, supported by our excellent teachers and their families, have continued to make great progress and our academies have again improved their results.

“It is our priority at OAT to ensure that every single one of our students fulfils their potential, no matter what their starting point may be, and key to this is raising students' aspirations. That underpins our success in supporting young people to achieve so well, including winning places at the country’s best universities, securing leading apprenticeships and entering the world of work.

“Our students have worked incredibly hard for their results and they reflect their commitment and determination to succeed – we wish them well as they embark on the next stage of their lives. We look forward to building on these achievements in the year ahead."


Picture caption: Hannah Pearce, a student at Ormiston Sudbury Academy in Suffolk, collecting her results.