• 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.