• 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 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%)