Ossett Academy

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Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College
Motto Creating Opportunities, Achieving Excellence.
Established 1735 (As Ossett Grammar School)
Type Academy
Principal Mr A Warboys
Senior Vice Principal Mrs S Broome
Chair Of Governors Brendan Kelly
Location Storrs Hill Road
West Yorkshire
53°40′08″N 1°34′44″W / 53.66899°N 1.57900°W / 53.66899; -1.57900Coordinates: 53°40′08″N 1°34′44″W / 53.66899°N 1.57900°W / 53.66899; -1.57900
Local authority Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
DfE number 384/4023
DfE URN 136462 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 117
Students 1,827
Ages 11–18
Colours Purple
Website Ossett Academy

Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College (formerly Ossett School) is the only secondary school in Ossett, a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England.

The school opened in 1735 as Ossett Grammar School and in 1969 the school converted to a comprehensive school and became known simply as Ossett School. In spring 2006, Ossett School gained dual Specialist School status and became known as a Specialist Technology and Sports College. In 2011 the school converted to an Academy School and became part of the Yorkshire Education Trust and Education Ossett Community Trust. At the same time the school was renamed Ossett Academy.

Park House, Ossett Grammar School in 1907, the building is still part of the school today
Old Grammar School Badge

Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College is a much larger than average size secondary school with a large sixth form and is heavily oversubscribed. The proportion of students supported through the pupil premium is below the national average. A well-below average proportion of students are from minority ethnic groups and the proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average.[1]

Since 2012 the secondary school and sixth form have consistently ranked as one of the top 3 state funded schools/colleges for academic performance in the Wakefield area and in the top 15% nationally.[2] As of 2016 the sixth form College was ranked the best state funded College in Wakefield and the Secondary School the 2nd best.[3]

Ofsted Inspections[edit]

The latest section 5 OFSTED inspection report of Ossett Academy, released in 2013, stated that the school was 'good' overall (Grade 2), with 'outstanding' features.[4]

In 2012 the Academy received its first ever section 5 OFSTED inspection report and was deemed 'satisfactory' overall (Grade 3), with 'good' features [5]

Academic performance[edit]

GCSE results[edit]

Since 2012, GCSE results in terms of percentage of pupils with the equivalent of five or more GCSEs grade C or above including English and Mathematics have been well above the national average.[6] See Below;

  • 2015 77%
  • 2014 77%
  • 2013 81%
  • 2012 83% First Full Year as Ossett Academy

Current Secondary School Ranking's[edit]

Wakefield: 2nd out of 21 schools[7] Nationally: 343rd out of 3123 schools[8]

A-Level results[edit]

The percentage of sixth form pupils achieving 3 A-Levels grade A*-E has increased significantly since 2012 and is now also above the national average.[6] See Below;

  • 2015 83%
  • 2014 76%
  • 2013 62%
  • 2012 54% First Full Year as Ossett Academy

Current Sixth Form Ranking's[edit]

Wakefield: 1st out of 21 Colleges[3] Nationally: 698th out of 2804 Colleges[9]

Drake building[edit]

In 2005 a new building, christened the 'Drake' building after former school governor David Drake, was completed. It is home to the sixth form department. The building was constructed on old tennis courts and is now neighbour to a multi-purpose sports courts for netball, tennis and football using all weather materials.

Notable Alumni[edit]


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