The Mathematics Faculty at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy has recently been awarded Specialist Maths Status from The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. This is the third Specialist Award for OBA which already boasts specialisms in English and Applied Learning.
The SSAT’s Assessor was so impressed with everything that he saw that the highest possible standard of “Leading and Transforming” was awarded to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding work that has been carried out in Mathematics at OBA over the last four years.
The assessor highlighted and commended four particular strengths that he felt set OBA apart from other schools and academies:
- Very strong Teaching and Learning in Mathematics, substantiated by excellent student attainment and progress, backed up by embedded strategies which provide students with the appropriate support they need to improve.
- The vast array of enrichment activities provided by the school and the Mathematics team who offer bespoke, focussed support to students throughout the week, on Saturdays and during holidays.
- The cross curricular nature of Mathematics is encouraged by the Faculty’s strong involvement in the direction and management of Teaching and Learning across the school and through its capacity to share, coach and model best practice.
- Student attainment and progress is above national average and there are no gaps in performance for all groups of students; this is made possible by the Faculty’s ethos of “No Child Left Behind!”
Mr Ben Barry, Assistant Principal and Head of Maths, said:
“Being recognised for all the innovative and cutting edge practice that we have developed is a credit to all the Maths staff and the students at OBA. We will keep delivering and developing the kind of Maths education that really makes a difference to our students, and has seen our results go from strength to strength.”
Mr Gavin Hall, who co-ordinated the bid added:
“The assessor sang the praise of every student he met and we are, justifiably, extremely proud of our whole school community. In true OBA fashion, the Faculty is now planning its next steps for further improvement which will include broadening further the existing support offered to parents, families, and local businesses to develop mathematical skills, as well as promoting teaching and learning strategies through regional and national networks.”