Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy achieved its best GCSE results in the academy’s history in August 2016, with 55% of students achieving A*-C grades in both English and Maths.
There was a dramatic increase in the very highest grades in a range of subjects – over 33% of all results were awarded one of the top grades of A* or A.
These were the academy’s highest recorded academic GCSE scores for A* and A grades.
For the fourth consecutive year, OSCA is full and oversubscribed.
The number of families choosing the academy as their first choice secondary school continues to grow.
The £10 million development project completed in 2015 has had a further £2.5 million allocated to fully modernise an unused 1960s teaching block.
This will provide 12 new classrooms along with extra dining and social areas, allowing more youngsters from its community to be taught at the academy from September 2017.
This thriving academy received a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors in May 2015, receiving a ‘Good’ rating in all four Ofsted categories of ‘leadership and management’, ‘behaviour and safety’, ‘quality of teaching’, and ‘achievement of students’.
The inspectors were impressed with the great progress OSCA has made since its last inspection in 2013.
They noted: “Leaders have made considerable improvements since the last inspection in behaviour and teaching”.
They went on to say that OSCA’s students are “enthusiastic learners”.
Achievements continued with the academy becoming the first school in the country to be credited as a ‘Gold’ standard institution for the quality of careers advice it provides its students.
Credited by Prospects, OSCA achieved the highest, Gold-level accreditation, which is part of the Quality in Careers Standard Award Programme.
OSCA is the only school in the country to have achieved the standard so far.
Earlier this year, the National College of Teaching and Leadership, part of the Department for Education, appointed OSCA’s Principal, Ms Marie McMahon, to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE).
OSCA is now a National Support School, with Ms McMahon as Executive Principal.
The academy will now use its success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.
Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy
Lower City Road
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