Ormiston Victory Academy

Name Ormiston Victory Academy
Website http://www.ormistonvictoryacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 14 May 2013
Address Middleton Crescent, Costessey, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 0PX
Phone Number 01603742310
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1075 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.9
Academy Sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.9%
Persisitent Absence 16.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 5.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The academy opened in September 2010 following the closure of its predecessor, Costessey High School. It is a smaller than the average secondary school, with a growing sixth form. Most students are from White British backgrounds and very few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs who are supported through school action is well below the national average because of the strict criteria used in the academy. The proportion supported through school action plus or a statement of special educational needs is also well below average. The proportion of students supported through the pupil premium is above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding provided by the government to improve the progress of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals, those who belong to military service families, and those who are looked after by the local authority. All students are educated on the premises as the academy does not make use of offsite provision. New school buildings are currently under construction. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards for secondary schools, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. The academy’s answer to the question ‘What can you expect from these students?’ is simple: ‘A great deal’. Achievement is outstanding because every student matters. The Principal inspires staff and students and demands very high standards. She has created an outstanding leadership team that is sustaining and extending the academy’s strengths. Outstanding teaching and widespread good practice in marking ensure that students enjoy their work and know how to improve it. They make very rapid progress. The academy is on course to meet its very high GCSE examination targets for 2013. Sixth form standards are improving rapidly and are above average. Students who join the academy with weak literacy and numeracy skills quickly gain the tools they need to learn effectively. Students who need additional help are supported very well. This allows them to reach their full potential. Students are rightly proud of their academy. Their excellent behaviour and very positive attitudes ensure a superb climate for learning. Students grow in confidence as they move up the academy. Students have an exceptional range of learning experiences in lessons and through the wide enrichment programme. Leaders at all levels are highly effective. They check all aspects of the academy’s work intensely and constantly seek further improvement. Their advice and support is valued by other schools. The governing body and the academy sponsors are very well informed about the academy’s work. Leaders are constantly challenged to do better. The governing body has had a marked influence on the academy’s development.