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

This Friday 9th November we stood silent for 2 minutes in the midst of our annual remembrance service.  With the public in attendance, along with the Mayor of Ramsey, our Governors and all staff and students we laid a wreath and individual poppies each to honour a fallen soldier from Ramsey.  Joe Brooker played The Last Post on his cornet whilst students did readings and led prayers.  It was a truly memorable service.IMG 2319 2

A record number of over 50 students have auditioned for our forthcoming production of Dick Turpin.

The prospect of a pantomime about the famous highwayman has appealed to students of all ages - with lots of year 7s auditioning as well as students right through to Sixth Form.  This is a testament to the popularity of our Performing Arts department who are working really hard to put Abbey College on the map.

Dick Turpin will run in February 2019 and will include, for the first time, a  Saturday matinee performance.

audition drama

dance audition

We are delighted that three of our students have been selected to take part in the Royal Institutes Master classes for young Mathematicians this autumn. Now Year 8, Harry, Aidan and Taylor were selected based on their academic progress in class, in conjunction with their performance in the Junior Maths Challenge that was held in April whilst they were in Year 7. They were the three highest performers in the year group and have been invited to take part in this great opportunity to experience maths at a high level. We wish them the very best of luck in Cambridge and hope that they enjoy their sessions there. Well done boys. Keep up the good work.

 

Maths boys

We are celebrating with another great set of GCSE results!

Almost two-thirds (63%) of our students achieved a Level 4-9 in both English and maths, with 41% achieving the higher Level 5-9 – above last year’s national average. 

As well as GCSE, we had lots of students collecting BTEC results. The grades received this year were excellent with several students receiving Distinction * in more than one of their subjects.

A huge well done to our students for their hard work and dedication.

Students at Abbey College, Ramsey are celebrating again this year after securing another excellent set of GCSE results this summer – capping off an excellent year for the College.

Students at Abbey College’s Sixth Form are celebrating today after receiving their long-awaited A Level results.

We are celebrating after receiving a ‘Good’ rating in all areas during a recent Ofsted inspection. This is a fantastic achievement for us and an improvement on our previous rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ in 2016.

The Ofsted inspectors particularly commended our leadership team, who they felt have accurately identified our strengths and weaknesses and used this knowledge to establish a “culture of high expectations and aspirations.” 

Our headteacher, Mr Christoforou, said: “I am delighted with the results of the Ofsted report, which confirms that all students at Abbey College receive a high-quality education and have good opportunities to achieve their very best. 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.

“Our ability to do this on our own reflects the hard work of our staff, governors, students and parents and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us on this journey for their support of the school so far. We look forward to continuing to provide a strong education for the children in Ramsey and its surrounding areas.”

Our teachers and pastoral leaders were praised for the support they provide disadvantaged students or those with special educational needs. Instances of bullying were deemed to be rare and pupils were aware of how to access help should they need to. Inspectors felt that “the overwhelming majority of responses on Parent View indicated that parents feel that their children are safe, happy and well cared for at the school.”

The inspectors felt that our teachers, including newly qualified teachers, were positive about the training and development provided for them and that this is having a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching. The report praised our teachers for “establishing a positive climate for learning” and said as a result, attendance is above the national average and students have positive attitudes that support their learning.

Inspectors felt that this has allowed our pupils’ confidence to grow as they ask effective questions to deepen their understanding. Pupils’ behaviour was praised with inspectors noting the students “are polite, respectful of the opinions of others, and prepared and willing to learn.”

The curriculum and additional activities we offer were also commended with the inspectors commenting that we provide a broad range of opportunities. The inspectors stated that our pupils make good progress across most subjects in all key stages and “consequently, they are prepared well for the next steps of their education, training or employment.”

Finally, the report praised the effective leadership of the sixth form and the broad range of opportunities available to the sixth form students. The inspectors felt that “students make good progress in their courses and almost all move on to their chosen career or education pathway.” The inspectors also felt that students were happy with their experience at the sixth form and spoke highly of their time there. 

We are very excited to be share some exciting news about one of our sixth formers, Aerin Blood.

Aerin has always been an exceptional student at Abbey College, having achieved 12 A*s and 1 A in her GCSEs last year. Her hard work and determination to succeed has not stopped and last half term Aeirn applied, all by herself, to go to the winter Youth Assembly UN meeting, in New York.

The Youth Assembly is open to young people aged 16-28 and has thousands of applicants. We are delighted to say that she was accepted and over the February half term she took the trip over to New York alone and attended the 3 day conference. This is a massive undertaking for anyone, especially one so young, as Aerin did not know anyone but embraced the opportunity and was determined to learn as much as possible and to make the experience a positive one all round.

Aerin describes the experience as "inspiring" and states that "it has encouraged me to further pursue my interests in human rights and politics, especially hearing about the work other young people do - many leading NGOs or setting up charities". She also really enjoyed visiting New York for the first time and meeting so many amazing new people, many of whom were older and with qualifications such as Master's degrees.

This is a truly inspiring story and we congratulate Aerin on her amazing success and bravery, doing this alone, and really look forward to hearing about what she does next!

Abbey College have a wide range of strategies in place to ensure that their students can learn in a happy, safe and friendly environment.  They have a whole college approach to anti-bullying and work closely with the students on awareness raising, peer support and through their focus group.  Bullying can happen anywhere, but having a whole organisational approach is the key to prevention.  I am delighted that Abbey College have achieved the BIG Award for Excellence in Challenging Bullying.  Val McFarlane, Director, Bullying Intervention Group.

Pictured are our student ambassadors with Mrs Noble and Mrs Gregory.