Ofsted confirms Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy’s continued success

Students and teachers at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (OSSMA) are celebrating a brilliant Ofsted report – rated ‘Outstanding’ for personal development, behaviour and welfare, and ‘Good’ in every other category.

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Inspectors described the academy’s Principal, Mark Stanyer, as an inspirational leader, who has been highly effective in building a culture of high expectations. The report also praised the Principal’s vision for creating an inclusive, highly aspirational community, where pupils will be exceptional learners, experiencing a world class education.

The inspectors also commended the Principal and senior leaders for their visible presence around the school, and their consistent approach to motivating and managing students, which is driving strong results.

The glowing report follows a summer of excellent exam results achieved by students at the academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT). The academy celebrated brilliant results at GCSE with 61% of students achieving a Grade 4 or better in English and maths – an impressive 9 percentage-point increase on the equivalent proportion last year.  Students at the academy also achieved fantastic A-Level results, with a 100% pass rate and well over half (57%) achieving A*-C grades. Students undertaking vocational qualifications also achieved highly, receiving a Distinction+ on average.

The academy was previously rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2013, in its first inspection under the sponsorship of OAT. This latest inspection once again confirms the success of the academy, which continues to be on a strong upward trajectory.

The report highlights a number of other key areas:

  • Inspectors found behaviour at the school to be exemplary, rating it Outstanding. They praised students for being attentive in lessons and responding quickly to teachers’ requests.
  • The school develops articulate, self-assured learners who have a real pride in their school and their appearance. They thrive, academically and socially, in a warm and trusting environment.
  • Pupils achieve exceptionally well in a range of vocational subjects that include engineering, IT and health and social care – with vocational education continuing to be a strength of OAT academies across the board.
  • Pupils value the chances they have to extend their learning outside the classroom and think it is a strength of the school.This builds on the success of the academy and OAT’s commitment to enrichment, with an ‘Enrichment Charter’, which ensures all students have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities and events.
  • Teachers know their pupils well and deliver engaging lessons, with a strong focus on providing pupils with opportunities to discuss ideas by working with partners or in small groups.
  • The majority of disadvantaged pupils respond well to teaching at the school and make progress in line with their non-disadvantaged peers.

Mark Stanyer, Principal of Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, said:

"I’m absolutely delighted that Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews has today received a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, with one ‘Outstanding’ category. This report is a real testament to the hard work of our talented students, dedicated teachers and our whole school community.

"The report has confirmed the success of our academy, following another year of strong exam results, and we are determined to build on our achievements so that we can continue to meet high standards and deliver excellent outcomes for all our students."

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

"We are so pleased that the continued excellence and high quality of education at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews has been confirmed in today’s Ofsted report. We look forward to continuing to support the academy as it pushes to achieve even greater heights."