Record A Level and vocational results across the Trust

Students across the Trust are celebrating their A Level results today – with improved results achieved at every academy and across the Trust as a whole.

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More than a third of all A level entries by students in OAT academies were graded A* to B and more students than ever before are set to head off to universities, with a number of students winning places at Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge.

So far five students have secured places at Oxbridge and two others will start courses in medicine, while other students have achieved coveted apprenticeships, including in engineering and with firms like Aston Martin.

Both the A level average points score and A level average grade are higher this year than in 2016 at every single OAT academy, and across the Trust as a whole – in spite of the introduction this year of new, tougher exams.
At the same time as achieving strong performance in post-16 academic exams, vocational education continues to be a strength of OAT academies, with a higher average points score across OAT this year than 2016, and the average grade remaining high at Distinction+.

This was achieved by the hard work of our talented students, and the excellence of the teaching team across OAT academies, complemented by the support of the Trust’s ‘Access Champion’, Simon Pedley, who helps students navigate the university application process and undertake a wide range of enrichment activities designed to broaden student’s horizons, to help them secure places at leading universities.

OAT is committed to being the Trust that makes the biggest difference and has always sought to tackle the toughest challenges in education, with many of its academies located in disadvantaged parts of the country. The Trust works hard to ensure that students are provided with the same opportunities as their better-off peers, working to raise their aspirations and ensuring that they fulfil their potential. 

The success of this approach is demonstrated by the continuing increase in attainment this year of OAT’s disadvantaged students – to the extent that there is now no attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged students, bucking the national trend.

Individual academy and student success stories include:

  • City of Norwich School, where three students won places at Oxbridge – Emma Wilson Kemsley, who will read biomedical sciences at Oxford; Michael Matthews, who will read computer science at Cambridge after achieving four A* grades; and Edmund Jones, who will read economics and management at Oxford – while Kara Kordtoimiekel will read veterinary medicine at Bristol University and Emma Cartner will read medicine at Sheffield University
  • Ormiston Bushfield Academy achieved record results, improved its average A level grade by half a grade to C+, and this October will see two of its students to Oxbridge. They include Sylwia Sajdak, who achieved A*s in French, maths and Polish, and an A in geography in her A Levels, and who is progressing to read geography at Jesus College, Cambridge University
  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy, where results have continued to rise, and where student Tonia Lawes won a place at another of the world’s top universities, UCL, to read archaeology and anthropology. Tonia secured a place after achieving an A* in archaeology, A grades in both maths and psychology and a B in history
  • Numerous academies have already secured more Russell Group places for its students than they did at the end of the clearing process last year – including Ormiston Forge, Cowes Enterprise College, Ormiston Sudbury Academy, George Salter Academy, City of Norwich School, and Ormiston Rivers Academy
  • Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy improved its average A level grade by half a grade to C+

Nick Hudson, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"We are delighted to see this fantastic set of results, with every academy in the Trust achieving improved results and some truly outstanding outcomes for individual students. Our young people, supported by our brilliant teachers, continue to make excellent progress and our academies have again improved their results, in both A levels and vocational qualifications.

"It is our absolute priority to ensure that every single one of our students fulfils their potential, no matter what their background, and key to this is raising students' aspirations. That underpins our success in supporting young people to achieve so well, including winning places at the country’s best universities and securing leading apprenticeships.

"Our students have worked incredibly hard for their results and they reflect their commitment and determination to succeed. Our students, their parents and our staff deserve great credit, and we look forward to building on these achievements in the year ahead."