Pupil progress climbs in Academies across the country
Alongside their fellow Year 6 peers across the country, over 1000 children in 30 Oasis Academies took their end of Key Stage 2 SAT tests in May, marking the end of their primary education before moving onto secondary school. The Department for Education (DfE) have published the first set of results, showing what the children have achieved Year 6 in the three core subjects reading, writing and maths.
This year attainment at Oasis’s primary academies has rapidly improved as the proportion of children making or exceeding the DfE’s ‘expected standard.’ Results in reading, writing and maths have climbed significantly. In 2016 45% of Oasis pupils met the ‘standard’ in all three subjects - this year this rate has risen to 58%, an increase of over a quarter. The rate of improvement at Oasis is currently estimated to be almost double what has been achieved nationally.
Oasis Community Learning is proud to serve our communities around the country, and support our children who face additional challenges to learning and in fulfilling their potential – just over 60% of our pupils are categorised by the DfE as ‘disadvantaged’. We are committed to closing the attainment gap for these children, and raising the bar for all. This year 53% achieved the ‘expected standard’ up from 40% last year – a stunning 13-percentage point rise and almost double the increase achieved by all schools nationally for disadvantaged pupils.
There are stunning results from all around the Oasis family of academies. In Oldham an remarkable 94% of pupils at Oasis Academy Limeside have reached the ‘expected standard’ – a leap of 50% from last year.
Pupils in Oasis’s Croydon academies have performed especially well – 81% of Oasis Academy Shirley Park have reached the target, and 74% at Oasis Academy Ryelands (an increase of 30% from 2016). Oasis Academy Byron have followed up last year’s superb results (which saw them named Croydon’s highest achieving primary school) with another terrific set of test scores – 92% of pupils have reached the target.
A number of our academies have seen significant progress. In Romford, 75% of Oasis Academy Pinewood’s pupils have hit the mark, an increase of 42%, and in Scunthorpe, 76% of Oasis Academy Parkwood children - an upturn of 36%. There are similar stories from Birmingham’s Oasis Academy Foundry where 72% reached the target (a 41% increase), 72% at Hobmoor (a 33% increase) and 52% at Boulton (a 28% increase).
In the south west, Bristol academy Bank Leaze had 65% of pupils achieve ‘expected standard’ at reading, writing and maths, and 69% at Connaught – an annual increase of 23% at both schools.
Commenting on the results Oasis Community Learning’s CEO, John Murphy, says: ‘Across the country Oasis’s primary academies are providing exceptional education for every pupil, supporting each to make strong progress.’
‘Our pupils, their families and our staff should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved. Our teachers truly are ‘raising the bar, and closing the gap’, and this will have a profound difference on the lives of so many of our young people.’
‘Percentages can only reveal so much. What these results truly show is that we believe in every child’s potential, and more and more of them, especially those who have not necessarily had the easiest start in life, are making the accelerated progress that they need to begin secondary school on the front foot.’
‘At Oasis we are determined that each child who joins one of our academies has the opportunities that they deserve to realise their full potential. While we are on a journey of improvement, these results prove that we are delivering on our commitment.’