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FRIDAY 28 MAY 2021: Daniel Gibbons appointed next Head of Our Lady’s Abingdon School

FRIDAY 23 APRIL 2021: OLA extends exam-free entry for COVID-hit county

THURSDAY 20 AUGUST 2020: 55% of OLA pupils achieve top grades in another outstanding GCSE performance

THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2020: 49% of OLA A-level students achieve A*-A in best results on record

TUESDAY 10 MARCH 2020: OLA ranked in top 5% of schools in England for adding value at A Level

FRIDAY 28 MAY 2021: Daniel Gibbons appointed next Head of Our Lady’s Abingdon School

Our Lady’s Abingdon is pleased to announce that Daniel Gibbons has been appointed Head of OLA with effect from September.

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FRIDAY 23 APRIL 2021: OLA extends exam-free entry for COVID-hit county.

Our Lady’s Abingdon is pleased to announce that we are cancelling our entrance examination for both 2021 and 2022 pupil intake, to support COVID-19 affected families across the county.

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THURSDAY 20 AUGUST 2020

55% of OLA pupils achieve top grades in another outstanding GCSE performance

Pupils at Our Lady’s Abingdon are today celebrating another strong year of GCSE results.  The 2020 results show an 8.2 percentage point increase in grades 9-7 from 2019 (a real term increase of 17.5%).

Grades

2018-19

2019-20

Grades 9 – 7

46.80%

55.00%

Grades 9 – 6

64.80%

70.10%

Grades 9 – 4

92.10%

89.40%

Grades 9 – 1

100.00%

100.00%

Further Mathematics and Physics topped the subject performance table with 100% grades 9-7. Other top performing subjects were:

Subject

Grades 9-7

Further Mathematics

100.00%

Physics

100.00%

Biology

94.00%

Chemistry

89.50%

Art

85.70%

English Language

83.60%

15 students gained 10 or more 9-7 (A*-A) grades with the highest number gained by a single individual student being 14.

Commenting on the GCSE results, school Principal Stephen Oliver said:

“This is yet another excellent set of results for OLA across a wide range of subject areas: well done to all our students and staff on this tremendous achievement. I want to congratulate our Further Mathematicians and Physicists in particular for their exceptional results, and to thank every student for the dedication and application they have shown in what has been a very challenging year.”

THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2020

56% of OLA A-level students achieve A*-A in best results on record

OLA has recorded its most successful ever year of A-level results with A*–A results up 12 percentage points on last year. A real term increase of 31.7%.  49% of students achieved an A grade or better, an outstanding achievement. A*-B results are also the best in the school’s history.

Grades

2018-19

2019-20

Grades A* - A

37.2%

56.3%

Grades A* - B

67.0%

79.5%

Grades A* - C

80.9%

96.1%

Grades A* - E

96.8%

99.3%

Top performing subjects were:

Subject

Grades 9-7

Further Mathematics

100.00%

Religious Studies

100.00%

Drama

94.00%

Chemistry

89.50%

French

85.70%

EPQ results were also notably strong with 71.4% of students achieving A*-A.

OLA has an established reputation for the ‘Value Added’ it achieves for its students and this year was no different, with an average VA score across all departments of more than half a grade over baseline predictions.

Students have achieved places at a range of prestigious universities, including Oxford, Warwick, St Andrews and Birmingham to study for degrees in subjects ranging from Law, Architecture and Biochemistry to Music, English and Economics.

Commenting on the results Principal Stephen Oliver said:
“This has been a very challenging year for our students and staff but all of their endeavours have certainly paid off today in a remarkable way. Congratulations to all!”

Head of OLA 6th Dr Elizabeth Lawson commented:
“There are many wonderful achievements today. Congratulations to every student. I am very proud of the wonderful Sixth Form we have and the staff who give so much to help our students succeed so strongly every year.”

TUESDAY 10 MARCH 2020

OLA ranked in top 5% of schools in England for adding value at A Level

Abingdon independent school OLA (Our Lady’s Abingdon) has been ranked in the top 5% of schools in England for adding value at A-level in the recently published Government results for the 2019 exams.

The School received a score of 0.42 in the league table, placing it in the ‘Well Above Average’ category, the highest a school can achieve and a rate well above most of its major local competitors.

These scores explain how much progress students who studied A-levels made between the end of Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and the end of their A-level studies, compared to similar students across England.

Commenting on the result OLA Principal Stephen Oliver said:

“This is an outstanding result for the school. To read that our 2019 A-level cohort made much greater academic progress between their GCSEs and A-levels than those in other schools is a clear testimony to the dedication and hard work of both staff and students. What they achieved effectively built on from the ‘Value Added’ many of them had already achieved at GCSE, where their performance exceeded baseline expectations. The result reflects our commitment to see every student achieve their very best throughout their time at the school.”