Overall 10% of A levels were graded A* or A – up on last year’s figure – 28% of exams were A* to B, and more than half (54%) of exams achieved A* to C grades. Students undertaking vocational qualifications also achieved strong results, receiving a Merit + on average.
This is a strong set of A-level results for the academy, which has been on a rapid journey of improvement since it opened in 2010 and joined OAT.
In 2017, OSSMA’s success was confirmed when it was once again rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted, with inspectors rated the academy ‘Outstanding’ for personal development, behaviour and welfare.
Amongst the many successful students was Phoebe Parkin, who achieved the best results in OSSMA sixth form’s history. She achieved grades A, A, A, and B in Psychology, Sociology, Core Maths and English. As a result of her hard work and commitment, Phoebe has been successful in her application to Keele University and will be studying a joint honours degree in Psychology and Sociology.
Mark Stanyer, Principal of Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews, said:
“I would like to congratulate all our sixth form students getting their results today – they have worked incredibly hard and fully deserve these results. I am extremely proud of all of them for what they have achieved, particularly given that that this is the first year of the new tougher exams.”
“We wish all our students the best of luck with the next phase of their education or in the world of work. I would also like to thank our fantastic staff, their families and our sponsor OAT, who have supported the students and the Academy so brilliantly and helped us to continue to improve results.”
Nick Hudson, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:
“I would like to congratulate students, staff and the whole school community at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy on these brilliant results, which are testament to their hard work and determination.”
“As a Trust, it is our absolute priority to ensure that every student has the opportunity to fulfil their potential and the skills to succeed whether going on to study at a leading university or entering the world of work. We look forward to working with the academy to build on these achievements.”
Picture caption: OSSMA A-level student Phoebe with her proud mum