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Academy students celebrate A-Level success – and top university places

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Students and staff at Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham-on-Crouch are celebrating after receiving their A-level results – with many students winning places at top universities. Today’s results mark yet another year of academic progress and personal achievements.

Some 14% of grades achieved today are top grades (A* to A), 37 percent are A*-B, and 60 percent are A*-C. In all, 94% of grades were passes. This is a significant increase in the number of top grades at A-level achieved by students at the academy.

The academy’s average academic grade was boosted almost a whole grade to C, and the average academic points score was up by 5 percentage points to 29. Meanwhile, the ‘value added’ score in both academic and vocational measures were also up.

The excellent work of the teaching team was complemented by initiatives offered by its sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), who appointed an ‘Access Champion’, Simon Pedley to help students navigate the university application process and raise their aspirations.

As part of his work, Simon delivers lectures and workshops on Russell Group applications and encourages students to develop skills and experiences to help them stand out and access top universities.

Amongst the many achievements, some individual success stories from the day include:

Oliver Cattell achieved three A-levels (A*, A*, A) in mathematics, physics, and chemistry, an A in his Extended Project, and a Distinction* in his Level 3 Engineering qualification. He will be going on to study physics at Nottingham University.

  • Grace Cleary achieved three A-levels (A, A, A) in English literature, psychology, and religious education, and an A* in her Extended Project. She will be going on to study philosophy at Sheffield University.
  • Emily Darling achieved three A-levels (B, B, B) in psychology, performing arts, and religious education, and an A in her Extended Project.

These set of excellent results support the sustained growth in numbers for entry into the sixth-form for 2017. The majority of this year’s Year 12 will progress to Year 13 and the number of applicants for Year 12 has remained significantly high.

These results follow a hugely positive Ofsted inspection undertaken earlier this year, where the academy achieved a “Good” rating. Inspectors said that “Leaders, including governors and the Ormiston Academies Trust, have created a culture of high expectations and rapid, sustainable improvement” and that “[sixth-form] students make good progress and are well cared for.”

Joan Costello, Principal of Ormiston Rivers Academy, said:

 We are absolutely delighted with the outstanding results achieved by our Year 13 students today.

 “All of our students have worked incredibly hard for their results and should be really proud. I would also like to thank our brilliant teachers and supportive parents for their contribution to today’s success. We wish all our Year 13 leavers the very best for the future.”