A primary school in Garretts Green received encouragement and praise today following a visit from school inspectors Ofsted last month.
In November 2016 Oasis Academy Blakenhale Juniors was judged to be ‘Requires Improvement’ by Ofsted. As part of a series of smaller, monitoring visits, inspectors visited the Academy again earlier this month and were pleased with what they saw.
In a letter to the Executive Principal Ms Clare Hoods-Truman, Ofsted confirmed that they are happy that the Academy is ‘taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement in order for the school to become good.’ Inspectors praised the Academy for the plans senior leaders have developed and implemented, placing the pupils’ progress and attainment at the centre – as a result the children’s achievement is improving.
Ofsted were also pleased with the work the Academy is doing to prioritise staff training and development. Staff at the school are encouraged to reflect on their teaching practice and how they might improve, using subject experts to develop the skills of others. Teaching assistants too are being better utilised and as such are providing support that is more effective.
Commenting on the report, Executive Principal Clare Hoods-Truman says, “We are very grateful to Ofsted for visiting the Academy last month, confirming what our school community knows - Oasis Academy Blakenhale Junior is a swiftly improving school.”
“Credit to our teachers and staff who are so dedicated to the progress and achievement of our young people – they come to school each day to support the children to learn and flourish.”
“There is of course more work to do, but this really positive report represents the latest step of our journey to being the ‘Good’ or better school that this community so richly deserves.”
Paul Tarry, Oasis Community Learning’s Regional Director for the Midlands added, “Everyone at Oasis Academy Blakenhale Junior should be proud with this latest Ofsted report. I am particularly pleased that inspectors noted the training our staff are completing, all actively working to improve their practice and improve the attainment of the children.”
“With Ms Hoods-Truman leading the Academy and the support of our local community and families, Blakenhale Juniors is making excellent progress.”