Ofsted gives inclusive Sheffield academy highest possible rating

Oasis Academy Watermead have just received the best possible seal of approval from Ofsted following their visit in July 2017.  

Inspectors have judged Oasis Academy Watermead as ‘Outstanding’, their highest rating.  The Academy is only the third school in Sheffield to receive the accolade in the last two and half years. The effectiveness of leadership, the quality of teaching and learning, the children’s personal development and behaviour, and pupil outcomes are all ‘Outstanding’, while early years provision is rated as ‘Good.’

In the wide-reaching report, Ofsted noted that:

  • ‘The principal’s vision, inspiration and determination have rapidly established a new school that is successfully meeting the learning and personal development needs of its diverse and highly mobile pupil population.’
  • ‘Learning is outstanding because of the high degree of consistently good teaching and assessment, and the relentless focus on language acquisition, which result in strong progress by all groups of pupils.’
  • ‘Pupils’ behaviour is excellent and they display care and consideration in their relationships with others. They have adopted the school’s values which contribute strongly to their very positive attitudes to learning. Pupils work hard and concentrate well.’

The report focuses on the care that the Academy provides to support every child, regardless of background or starting-point, to make excellent progress. 

Ofsted praise the school leadership for their work around pupils’ personal development and welfare, encouraging ‘the school’s distinctive philosophy of welcoming people of all backgrounds, especially those in need… As a result, pupils from all backgrounds, including the most vulnerable, develop well and make strong progress in their learning.’ 

Meanwhile pupils who have special educational needs or disabilities are making as much progress as their classmates thanks to bespoke support from their teachers, and the most able pupils make ‘very good progress.’

Ofsted also commend the Academy’s commitment to developing the pupils’ love of reading.  Teachers provide additional activities to inspire reluctant readers, such as a ‘popular annual bedtime reading event when parents, including fathers, come to school in their pyjamas, actively encourages reading at home.’

“We are of course delighted to receive such an incredibly positive report from Ofsted. I am so very proud of our children and all that they have achieved," says Principal Lynne Goodhand.  "Our committed and dedicated staff team go that extra mile to ensure our children get the very best whilst they are with us here at Watermead.”

“This report reflects what everyone who is involved with Oasis Academy Watermead already knows – it is a very special place where all are welcome. We are extremely fortunate to have such wonderful and determined young people who sparkle and shine in all they do. Our children love to learn, and are well supported by a team of staff who are dedicated to providing them with all the opportunities they need to follow their dreams and achieve their goals.”

“I am especially pleased that Ofsted highlighted our focus on inclusion at Oasis Academy Watermead – we will always care passionately about the progress and development of every child, regardless of background or starting point.” 

“Ever since we opened the Academy, we have had the ongoing support of our parents and our local community and we are grateful to them all.  Together we will ensure Oasis Academy Watermead provides exceptional education at the heart of the community.”     

Oasis Community Learning's CEO, John Murphy, adds “Oasis Community Learning is honoured to run three fantastic schools in Sheffield, primaries Oasis Academy Watermead and Fir Vale, and our new all-through Oasis Academy Don Valley.”

“At Oasis Academy Watermead, Lynne and her team have created a caring and nurturing learning environment in which each young person can grow and flourish.  The entire Oasis Community Learning family joins with them in celebrating this fantastic Ofsted report today; we are extremely proud of the school community and all that they are achieving for their pupils.”