Multi-Academy Trust Inspection
In March 2015, Oasis Community Learning was inspected by Ofsted in the first ever multi-academy trust (MAT) inspection. As well as the National Office, Ofsted scrutinised 10 of Oasis’ then 44 Academies across the country in a batch inspection over a period of three days. Many of the reports were extremely positive, but there were concerns over some of the findings.
At the time, of the 10 Academies inspected, Ofsted deemed 4 to be ‘Good’, 4 to be ‘Requiring Improvement’, 1 was making ‘Reasonable Progress’ to leave special measures, and 1 was found to be ‘Inadequate.’ Two Academies received congratulatory letters from Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools, commenting on the ‘transformation’ of life in their Academy.
3 of the 10 Academies visited by Ofsted back in March 2015 have since been inspected again and have delivered an overwhelming improvement.
Oasis Academy Mayfield, a secondary Academy in Southampton, declared as ‘Requiring Improvement’ in 2015 was found to be ‘Good’ in May 2016. Inspectors reported that ‘Leaders ensure that the school’s vision of ‘excellence for everyone’ is at the heart of learning and school life. Staff share a clear vision of how high aspirations, regular opportunities for learning outside the school day and participation in the wide range of community projects underpin pupils’ achievements. As a result, Oasis Academy Mayfield’s provision for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils is particularly strong...’
Oasis Academy Skinner Street, a primary Academy in Gillingham, previously rated as ‘Inadequate’ jumped two grades to ‘Good’ at its inspection earlier in 2016. Ofsted noted that the Academy’s, ‘Leaders have very high expectations of all staff and inspire all to give their best for the pupils. This has led to improvement in the quality of teaching and good outcomes for pupils.’ The children ‘make good progress from their starting points, including pupils who have a special educational need or disability, the most able, and pupils who are disadvantaged.’
Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in Salford was making ‘Reasonable Progress’ to leave special measures, and then did so as it soared up to ‘Good’ in the summer of 2016. Ofsted described how the inspirational leadership of Fiona O’Sullivan has ‘created the conditions which have led to the rapid improvement in the school through a combination of clarity, determination and humanity. She exemplifies the school’s ethos which is committed to the success of every pupil.’
This is now a similar picture all across Oasis. Just over two years on from that first MAT inspection, of the Academies that have been inspected and reported on by Ofsted, over 75% have achieved a rating of ‘Good’ or better.
Oasis Community Learning has also been listed as one of the National Schools Commissioner’s group of ‘system leaders’.
The driving force behind the group’s transformation lies in the dedication and energy of Oasis’ staff to support each of their pupils, by raising their aspirations and helping them to fulfil their full potential.
We are committed to a policy of relentless inclusion in Oasis Community Learning; never selecting on starting points, nor on ability, nor on whether a child has a religious belief or not – simply put, to believe in every child and relentlessly focus on their abilities to achieve their potential.
The mantra of Oasis Community Learning is that,
We want to raise the bar for every child and to close the gap where there is any disadvantage.
John Murphy CEO
Please click here to read the letter from Ofsted that followed the inspection.