• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG


Ofsted Good GP ColourAbbey College received a ‘Good’ rating in all areas in our latest Ofsted inspection. The report marks a significant improvement from our previous judgement, where we received a ‘Requires Improvement’ rating, and is a testament to the success of the changes that have been introduced at the school over the last few years.

It is quite a feat in today’s education climate for a school to achieve a Good Ofsted rating as a standalone academy, without joining a multi-academy trust. However, due to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic students, staff, carers, governors and the local community, we have beaten the odds and pulled together to make Abbey College a school we can all be incredibly proud of. I would like to thank everyone who has helped us on this journey for their support of the school so far.

Overall effectiveness


Effectiveness of leadership and management


Quality of teaching, learning and assessment


Personal development, behaviour and welfare


Outcomes for pupils


16 to 19 study programmes


Overall effectiveness at previous inspection

Requires Improvement

For more detail about the findings of the report, please download the report in full from the sidebar.


Abbey College continued its run of excellent results again this year!

A level results

Our 2018 results saw continued success with a pass rate of 97%, which is above National Average. Our higher results were strong with 26% achieving A* or A grades and 49% of students achieving A* to B grades. A* to C grades were achieved by 71% of our students.
Among the top performing A level subjects were History with 83% achieving A* to C grades; Philosophy with 86% achieving A* to C grades; Mathematics with 46% of students achieving an A* or A grade and 62% achieving grades A* to B; and Further Maths with 80% of students achieving A* to B grades.

High performing BTEC subjects include Business studies with 76% of students being awarded a Distinction* or Distinction and BTEC Science with 79% achieving Distinction* or Distinction.

GCSE results

2018 was the year when the majority of subjects changed from the old A*-U grading system to the new 9-1 grading system. This change marks the introduction of more rigorous exams questions and an increase in the number of exam papers sat by students for GCSE subjects. The Basics at grade 4 was achieved by 62% of our students representing those that achieved a grade 4 in English and Mathematics. The Basics at grade 5 was achieved by 40% of the students. Additionally, 58% of the students achieved 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics at grades 9 to 4.

The English results were particularly strong with 81% of students achieving a grade 4 or above; 55% achieving a grade 5 or above and 20% achieving a grade 7 or above. In Moral and Spiritual 71% of students achieved a grade 4 or above and in Drama 73% of students achieved a grade 4 or higher.

High performing BTEC subjects were Business Studies with 88% achieving a Distinction* to Merit and 42% achieving a Distinction* or Distinction. Engineering students achieved 85% Distinction* to Merit and 30% achieving a Distinction* or Distinction. Fifty percent of the Catering students achieved a Distinction* or Distinction.

Performance 2018

Data area

2018 results

Attainment 8

46.02 (estimated using 2017 values)

Progress 8

0.04 (estimated using 2017 values)

9-4 in English and Mathematics


9-5 in English and Mathematics


Pass EBacc

11%  (26% entered)

Staying in education or entering employment after Year 11

98% (Average for English state schools is 94%)

Post 16: Students staying in education or training or employment for at least 2 terms after 16 to 18 study

95% (Average for English state schools is 88%)

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