Ormiston South Parade Academy celebrates excellent SATs results

Pupils and staff at Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA) are celebrating today after achieving fantastic provisional results in national tests for 11 year-olds.

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In reading 86% of Year 6 pupils achieved at least the expected standard, 81% did so in writing, and 81% do so in maths. Overall 78% of pupils achieved at least the expected standard in all three subjects.

The results at the academy are markedly higher than both this year’s interim national average for all three subjects, which is 61%, and the national averages for the individual subjects. This represents another huge improvement in results at the academy, reflective of OSPA’s continuing improvement and success.

The percentage of pupils attaining the standard of ‘greater depth’ was also impressive, with 34% achieving the higher level in reading, 33% in maths and 22% in writing. Sixteen per cent of pupils achieved a greater depth in all three subjects.

The academy has also been celebrating success in Key Stage 1, with pupils performing significantly higher than 2016 national averages in phonics, writing, maths and science. The academy’s youngest pupils have also performed very well with 76% achieving a Good Level of Development – 7% above last year’s national figure.

OSPA opened in October 2012 as OAT’s first sponsored primary academy and since then it has gone from strength to strength. In its first Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy, in July 2016, the academy was rated as Good, with inspectors noting that pupils make strong and sustained progress, with overall attainment improving at a rapid and sustained rate.

Much of this improvement has been driven by the academy’s strong leadership team, who have set high standards and raised expectations for pupils. They have also developed an exciting and inspiring curriculum, designed to equip children with high level skills in reading, writing and mathematics and to support and develop every child so that they make the best possible progress, regardless of their starting points.

The academy has also introduced innovative new teaching methods including a whole-school Shanghai style approach to the teaching of maths, introduced in October 2015, which has led to significant improvements in progress and attainment in the subject across the academy, particularly at Key Stage 2.

Jane Nolan, Principal of Ormiston South Parade Academy congratulated staff and pupils and said:

"These results are absolutely fantastic and I would like to thank our dedicated staff, hard-working pupils and supportive families – all of whom have played a part in making this year such a success. 

"We have given our pupils a very firm foundation of knowledge and skills and we are confident that they are now well equipped to move into their exciting next phase of education and ultimately to become confident, proud and successful adults."

Jason Howard, OSPA’s Chair of Governors, who is also OAT’s Regional Director West and Director of Primary and Progress, praised the academy’s senior leadership team and all members of staff for their hard work and commitment to pupils. He said:

"These are outstanding results, which are down to pupils' hard work, as well as the excellent teaching and support they receive, which has helped them to achieve so highly. On behalf of the governors and OAT, I would like to thank OSPA's strong leaders, dedicated teachers, and of course the parents for all of their efforts and support."