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


Ofsted last visited the College in February 2016 and judged it to be ‘Good’ in four out of five areas including: effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes for pupils, and 16-19 study programmes.

The report said that changes made by the new leadership team and members of staff at the College had led to ‘raised expectations’ and improvements across the school and highlighted that ‘leaders have prioritised the right areas for improvement’ and that improvements in the quality of teaching ‘have been successful’.

The inspectors also commented that the achievement of pupils ‘indicates that the actions taken by senior leaders to improve pupils’ outcomes are having a positive impact.’ This was demonstrated by the number of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate in 2015 being ‘well above the national average’.
You can read the full report below.


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

A-level results

Our 2017 A-level results saw continued success with a 98% pass rate, remaining above the national average. Our higher results were also strong with 30% of students achieving A* or A grades and 47% of students achieving A* to B grades. Almost three quarters of our students were awarded A*-C. Among the top performing subjects were history (36 per cent A* or A) and geography, which doubled the percentage of students achieving A*- B to 63 per cent. 100 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades in sociology. Improvements were also reported in maths with 45% of students achieving A*-B grades.

GCSE results

Despite the change in grading system and more rigorous exams in English and maths, our school’s GCSE results also continued to rise with 70 per cent of students achieving grade 4-9 in English and maths, the equivalent of A*-C. Additionally, 65 per cent of students achieved 5 A*-C, including English and maths at the new grade 4 and above. Our English Literature grades were particularly notable, with 60 per cent of students achieving a strong pass (grade 5) or above an increase of 15 percentage points on last year. Twenty per cent of students also achieved the top grades of 7-9 (equivalent to an old grade A*-A).

2017 was also another year of strong science results, with a third of all students studying physics achieving the top A* grades. Languages also performed well, with a third of students also achieving A*s in Spanish.

Performance 2017

Data area

2017 results

Attainment 8

44.81 (England average 44.2%)

Progress 8


% 9-4 in English & Maths

68.7 (63.3% England state funded schools)

% 9_5 in English & Maths

45 (England average 39.1)

% Pass EBacc

11 (18% entered)

Staying in education or entering employment after year 11

94% (England average 94%)

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

95% (England average 88%)