Every parent wants the very best for their child; for them to work hard at school and have the opportunities they need to make great progress. Today school inspectors Ofsted have praised an infant school in Garrett’s Green for its relentless determination to ensure that every child is included and given the support they need to flourish, regardless of their starting point or ability.
Following an inspection in December, Oasis Academy Blakenhale Infants has been categorised as ‘Good’ in all aspects; effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching and learning, personal development, outcomes for pupils and early years’ provision. Ofsted found that:
- The executive principal, well supported by the deputy principal, leads by example through a determined approach that has brought rapid improvements in the school. Senior leaders have supported and enthused a dedicated team of staff to establish a strong commitment to continued improvement.
- The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.
- The early years provision is good. As a result, children in the Nursery and Reception classes typically make rapid progress in all aspects of their learning.
- Provision for sport is very strong. As a result, pupils make particularly rapid progress in physical education.
Inspectors were particularly impressed with the Academy’s work on inclusion, explaining that ‘all pupils have an equal opportunity to enjoy all the academy has to offer and to learn and make good progress.’ The school uses additional funding well to ‘secure the rapid personal and academic progress of disadvantaged pupils and to close any differences in achievement with other pupils’, while leaders ‘plan and tailor arrangements to support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities… to ensure that the pupils’ individual needs are met effectively in and out of classrooms.’
Ofsted also praised how well the Academy works in collaboration with others. The school benefits from sharing staff and resources with the adjacent junior academy, which has ‘significantly enriched the learning experiences provided for the pupils.’ The Academy councillors bring a wealth of local knowledge and wide ranging expertise to their roles, and thanks to the regular engagement with the Academy, they challenge and support leaders to improve the school.
Commenting on the report, Principal of Oasis Academy Blakenhale Infants Mrs Hoods-Truman, says: ‘This extremely positive Ofsted report is nothing short of what Oasis Academy Blakenhale Infant’s staff and pupils richly deserve. I am so grateful to our teachers who come to work each day determined and dedicated to supporting every pupil to make great progress, and this report is a credit to them."
“I am particularly pleased that the Inspectors praised our work on inclusion; at the Academy our number one priority is to provide our pupils with a safe and encouraging environment where they can happily learn together with confidence.”
“Following this report there is of course no complacency. We will go forward with confidence, exploring how we can improve teaching and learning even further.”