OSCA celebrates literacy achievement

Students and staff from Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) are celebrating after becoming one of this first Sandwell schools to achieve the Quality Mark Award for Literacy and Basic Skills.

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Mr Les McDowall, a Quality Mark Assessor from The Basic Skills Agency UK, commended OSCA on the quality of its curriculum and strategic planning, which he described as 'robust and clear.' He also said that 'Staff at OSCA believe in the children,' and endorsed whole heartedly by parents involved in the accreditation process.

OSCA has developed a broad and balanced curriculum for all of its students, with a focus on students mastering key literacy and numeracy skills. This has boosted by the recent £10 million Academy Redevelopment Programme which has seen every classroom in the building remodelled and improved. This will be further enhanced in 2017 as the final block at the academy is redeveloped, enabling more students to attend the ‘Good’ academy, which has been historically oversubscribed.

Associate Principal at the Academy, Faye Cutler said:

"The award is recognition of the hard work and effort staff, students, parents and governors display every day at OSCA. I’m so proud that, as an academy, we are equipping our students with the skills they need to be successful in life. “Our hard work is paying off, and this year we celebrated the best ever results in the school’s history."

This year 55% of Students achieved the top A*-C grades in both English and Maths, and the academy celebrated a huge increase in the elite A* and A grades.