Outstanding GCSE success across the OAT family

In a year when tougher new exams in English and maths have been introduced, our academies have maintained high standards across the board, a number have achieved record results and there are inspiring stories at every school, across OAT.

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Overall, 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 new pass grade in those subjects. That is the same mark as last year, demonstrating a strong showing in this first year of the new exams.

Some 67% of students across the Trust achieved at least a 4 in English, with almost half (46%) achieving a Grade 5 or better. Meanwhile 62% gained Grade 4 or better in maths - up three percentage points from 2016.
The new Grade 9 is the top grade in new English and maths GCSEs – equivalent to a very high A*. Across the Trust, more than 130 students have achieved a 9 – an outstanding achievement. 

Ormiston 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 27 secondary academies. The proportion of these students achieving a 4+ in English rose three percentage points from last year, and increased by seven points in maths.

Among the stand-out OAT academies today are:

  • Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft, where the key measure of English and maths at Grade 4 or better rose 20 points from last year
  • Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Peterborough, up 13 points from 2016 on the main measure
  • Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy in Stoke-on-Trent, up 9 points from 2016
  • Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, Norwich, up 8 points compared to last year
  • Cowes Enterprise College on the Isle of Wight, up by 7 points from 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, 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 across our academies. I would like to congratulate our students and staff for their hard work and the results they have achieved today.

"We have always been a Trust which is wholly committed to championing excellent education and the all-round wellbeing and development of the more than 26,000 young people we serve, working in some of the most challenging and disadvantaged communities in the country.

"In a year when new English and maths GCSEs have been introduced, our students and staff have responded brilliantly, rising to the challenge and raising standards. It is a fantastic achievement, of which they should be very proud."

Picture caption: Ormiston Sandwell Community AcademyhHigh flyer Paulina Pankiewicz celebrates with mum Beata and big sister Sandra.