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

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!

Bugsy Malone is the latest Abbey College school production and according to many members of staff and audience is ‘the best school production yet’.  With a cast and crew of over 40 students from years 7 – 12 it was certainly a whole school production.  Mati, year 9, took the title role as the man himself and was excellent in his representation of the famous Bugsy Malone.  A very talented cast sang, danced and acted for 3 performances to a public audience.  The show was directed by Mr Hyde and produced by Mrs Carr.  The live band was made up of ASCA music tutors, students, Abbey College staff and guests and was directed by Mrs Carr.  With splurge and silly string a plenty (thanks to Mr Jones’s excellent splurge gun creation) it was a show enjoyed by all age groups –even if it was a little messy at times!  Refreshments were available and money raised from the sale of these has been sent to the ‘help Amelia Martin’ fund.

Discussions are already taking place as what production will be next, but in the meantime the Performing Arts department are looking forward to their next showcase of music, dance and drama  with items from the films and shows which takes place on Tuesday 8th May 2018 at 7pm.  This is open to the public and details can be found on their social media pages.

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.

We are delighted to announce our first person at Abbey College this year to complete his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award is Rowan Murray – year 10, of Da Vinci House!! He showed excellent leadership qualities and maturity throughout his award. He has developed his communication skills and put all of his newly developed skills into practice within each section.

His assessors reports show that he has been an absolute credit to Abbey College throughout and has been recommended to complete his Silver!

Rowan is pictured with Miss Beel