Ormiston Chadwick Academy voted No. 1 in Halton

Students and staff at Ormiston Chadwick Academy are celebrating after being named the best state-funded secondary school in Halton, according to the Real Schools Guide 2017.

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Ormiston Chadwick Academy has been on a spectacular journey of school improvement since it opened in September 2014, under the sponsorship of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT). Prior to its conversion, the school was failing and its results placed it at the bottom of schools within Halton.

Within a year of joining OAT, OCA was the most improved school within the Borough, with pupils meeting national averages, which it had never achieved previously. Last year, the Class of 2016’s record GCSE results put the school not only top in Halton but also saw it placed as the 5th best school in the North West. It also gained recognition nationally, as one of the top 100 state secondary schools in the country.

Describing the atmosphere in the Academy, Principal Tuesday Humby described it as a small and close-knit school where the students will stop the teachers to ask how their day is going and equally teachers will stop the students to congratulate them on a recent test result or a house triumph.

Every student at OCA is known and valued, no one walks down the corridor here without being greeted with a smile.

The Academy is invested in the success of every student and even after they leave us we are keen to make sure they succeed. Every year we contact the colleges to find out how our alumni are doing. If they have dropped out, we follow that up, we get them back to college or to work. This isn’t about NEET figures (although of course they are almost non-existent here), it’s about the commitment we make to our students the minute they put on our tie.

The commitment of students to the school also continues long after they leave. Describing this commitment the Principal said last year: "When I asked an ex-pupil to put out a last minute message on social media to ask for anyone from that year to come back and help on open evening – over three quarters of the year group turned up. That tells you more about OCA than I ever can in words."

The Academy has also benefited greatly from the expertise and support provided by its sponsor OAT, which has helped it to make such rapid progress.

In December 2016, the Academy received a glowing Ofsted report, which rated it as Outstanding. The Principal, Executive Principal, Executive Board and the Trust were praised for overseeing the sustained progress of the academy and creating a culture of very high expectations which helped to deliver this.

The Academy has also recently been nominated for three TES awards and an Education Business Award, in recognition of its and remarkable journey of school improvement and considerable success.

Tuesday Humby, Principal at Ormiston Chadwick Academy said:

"We are delighted to have been named the top local school in the Trinity Mirror's Schools Guide for Halton. To move from special measures to outstanding in less than three years is a remarkable achievement, I have been asked many times how it was done and whether there is a magic formula."