Ormiston South Parade Academy ranks top 1% in the country for progress

Ormiston South Parade Academy (OSPA) in Grimsby is celebrating, following the release of new primary school league tables, further confirming its success.

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The academy was placed in the top 1% of primary schools in the country, for the progress that pupils made in reading, writing and maths.

The academy ranked top of the 47 primaries in the Local Authority (North East Lincolnshire), for the value being added in reading, writing and maths. This places OSPA joint 34th for progress out of all primary academies in the country.

This summer, pupils at the academy achieved fantastic results in the national SATs tests for 11-year-olds. In reading 86% of Year 6 pupils achieved at least the expected standard, 81% did so in writing, and 84 % did so in maths. Overall, an impressive 79% of pupils achieved at least the expected standard in all three subjects – significantly above the national average of 61%.

The final results at the academy were markedly higher than both this year’s national average for all three subjects combined, and the national averages for the individual subjects – representing another huge improvement in results at OSPA, reflective of the academy’s continued success.

Disadvantaged pupils (those pupils from low income backgrounds who are eligible for free school meals) performed particularly well in the Key stage 2 tests. In reading (+6.2), writing (+3.1) and maths (+5.3) these pupils made progress that was significantly above national results for non-disadvantaged pupils and 68% of them achieved the expected standard in all 3 areas. Out of the 239 schools in England with the same percentage of free school meals pupils, OSPA ranked 3rd highest for progress.

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 also had considerable success at Key Stage 1, with pupils performing significantly higher than 2016 national averages in phonics, writing, maths and science. The academy’s youngest pupils in the Early Years performed very well with 76% achieving a ‘Good Level of Development’ – 5% above the national average.

Opening in October 2012 as OAT’s first primary academy, OSPA has since 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 all pupils. Reflective of this, the academy’s Executive Principal, Jane Nolan, has this year been appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) to the national Headteacher Reference Group. The group, made up of leading headteachers from schools across England, advises the Government on education policies and their impact on primary education.

Jane Nolan, Executive Principal of OSPA and OAT's Primary Development Coordinator, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the excellent results achieved at OSPA over the past year – they are a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff, pupils and their supportive families, and we are extremely proud of these achievements.

“At OSPA, we champion an inspiring and exciting curriculum, designed to equip our pupils with high level skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Our academy motto, ‘Believe in Yourself’, also underpins our approach, which ensures that every child is given the support and opportunities they need to thrive and to make the best possible progress, whatever their starting point or individual needs”.

Nick Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “Ormiston South Parade Academy is strongly committed to raising aspirations and broadening horizons of all pupils, no matter what their background, and today’s league table results once again confirm the success of this approach and the fantastic outcomes it delivering for pupils at the academy.”