Two more Norfolk academies refuse to reveal GCSE results yet

Pupils at Ormiston Victory Academy receiving their GCSE results in 2013. Photo: Bill Smith Pupils at Ormiston Victory Academy receiving their GCSE results in 2013. Photo: Bill Smith

Friday, August 29, 2014
2:01 PM

Two Norfolk academies have said they will not make their overall GCSE results public until the outcomes of a number of appeals are known.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Last year Ormiston Victory Academy in Costessey, and Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston, recorded 73pc and 58pc of pupils gaining the government’s gold standard respectively.

Both schools were given Ofsted’s top ‘outstanding’ verdict when inspected in 2013.

Unlike most Norfolk schools, they chose not to release their results to the media last week.

An Ormiston Academies Trust spokesman said: “Along with other schools we are waiting for a significant number of appeals and will be releasing our results when these have been finalised. Despite turbulence in the exam system this year, both schools have strong foundations and are looking forward to a very positive 2014-15.”

City Academy Norwich has adopted a similar approach.

An initial Norfolk County Council analysis of county-wide GCSE results suggested 54pc of pupils gained the government’s gold standard - the same as last year - missing the council’s target of 60pc, which was last year’s national average.

13 comments

  • Very good points LUN ...... academies= privatisation, expense, no local accountability and lower standards........we have all been conned!!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • The whole Free School and Academy drive from this government was sold to the public as a move to 'free' schools from the 'dead hand' of Local Authority control. This, it was asserted, would drive up standards. It hasn't. And now the most extreme local examples of the failure of academisation can't even bring themselves to admit the extent of their failure. What can the parents of west Norwich and Gorleston do to discover what's going on in their children's schools (or prospective school)? Go to their local councillor perhaps? No, that won't help. They won't have any more access to the data than anyone else. MP? Likewise. The Conservatives are taking education from the public realm, where accountability was at least possible, into the private realm where it is impossible. It is true that the validated data for 2014 will be available (and no doubt prominently publicised in the EDP) in January 2015 but meanwhile the academies in question will be busy constructing a 'narrative', massaging figures and putting in very expensive appeals to the exam boards in an attempt to put a gloss on their failure. No Local Authority maintained school has taken this coy line with their results. They wouldn't have got away with it.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    LeftUnityNorwich

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • And another big question this week, as all the post 16 children who have been forced to stay on in education or training to reduce the unemployment figures and allow all the EU and non EU migrants to take the jobs that are available-is how much are you paying for your child to access this compulsory post 16 education? I have heard figures in thousands for season tickets. If the nation needs well qualified kids ( whilst it wastes the graduates we do have because of lack of appropriate opportunities) why cripple their families with travel costs to access sixth form or college?

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • I said at the time that the first lot of results out of the old Oriel school,( which let's face it had been underfunded and struggling for donkey's years with a really difficult catchment area) were incredible.And I did not mean that as praise, but in the sense that they were hard to believe. Such a rapid and extreme turn around and improvement in exam results was hard to accept as having been done by fair means, and Ofsted inspection findings the same. This matters because these academy companies take our money meant to educate children fairly for the benefit of the children, divert too much into managers' pockets and treat the children as a product for the benefit of a company.Any fool could have seen this was going to happen, except the fools in charge who don't care.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Blimey! I agree that comments are being vetted and there are many questions to be answered. I do not agree with what reads like a celebration of any school doing poorly. I do believe some here are beginning to lose perspective. Politics have a place but children should be the priority surely? What a shame.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Compendium

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • We have not heard the full story of what happened in China either, it all has been de'souzaed. Politics has no place in education at all, it stifles childrens education, pitches schools against schools were there should be mutuality and trust of each other and it pitches staff against staff. Why should someone who never taught, be let loose to indoctrinate our children with a deliberate moral creed that speaks more of a victorian Britain than it places us into the 21st. century?

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • It is now starting to unravel, Mr. Gove’sMrs Morgan (Conservative Policy), giving ordinary teachers who have been promoted to the position of Principal of academies where they pay themselves large salaries with bonuses and do everything they can to manipulate the figures to make themselves look good and justify their positions, without concern for the actual human beings going through their factory. Look at the Open Academy Norwich, a multi-million pound building it was built 6 years ago with a mandate for 800900 children after 5 years, there are approximately 550 still. After six years they are on 47% A*-C, let’s get this into perspective 7% below the Norfolk and 13% below the national average of 60%. Unqualified staff in the classroom, staff being paid off with large sums of money and placed on gagging clauses, even with the introduction of Dr Tim Coulson, Commissioner for Academies, the government is now trying to cover up the mess it has made to the education system in which unscrupulous principals, poor leadersmanagers are manipulating the situation to cover up their incompetence. All schools should be under the scrutiny of a LEA not just Oftsed who as we have read can be manipulates or the centralization of the Education Minister.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    GreyMan

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Ah, I'm glad I'm not the only one having posts blocked. Several comments about recent articles have been blocked, possibly because they were a bit close to the truth. Makes you wonder how these school's achieved their great results and subsequent Ofsted ratings doesn't it? If only I could come up with some sort of link!!! How on earth could Ormiston have these issues only a year or so before the Inspiration Trust start to hear claims of 'foul'???

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    OldSchool

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • All of these academies last year made all students take at least 1 equivilancy which are no longer valid. Subsequently they were looking at a drop of around 15-20% in results as pupils have had to take real GCSEs.Along with that retakes are no longer allowed, (RDS loved to put students in for retakes even before they had their results,) and that was before speaking and listening was removed by Gove from GCSE English which also helped them bump up their English grades. The illusion of RDS promoting progress is truly ironic- kids made to take qualifications that are worthless just to get the high A-Cs

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Academyscmademy

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • DeSouzaGate how much more to come out?

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    martin wallis

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • My posts are being blocked too. Don't they want comments on academies in trouble?

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Johnboy

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Agree Sportswagon. For some reason my posts are being blocked at the moment so trying to say as little as possible!

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    TheTruth

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I wonder why????? Is it all now beginning to unravel as so many of us have predicted?

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Sportswagon

    Friday, August 29, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Homes24
Jobs24
Drive24
LocalSearch24
MyDate24
MyPhotos24
FamilyNotices24
Weddingsite

loading...

Classifieds, browse or search them online now

The Canary magazine
Order your copy of The Canary magazine

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT