Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

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Flying high as Oasis Academy Short Heath receives a glowing Ofsted report

Staff, parents and pupils at a primary school in Erdington, Birmingham are celebrating after receiving an exceptionally positive report from the school inspectors Ofsted.

Last month inspectors completed a visit to Oasis Academy Short Heath, and in a letter to Principal Michelle Lee, they declared it “Good” in all areas.

Ofsted praised the Academy for its commitment to the multi-academy trust’s (MAT) vision of providing ‘exceptional education at the heart of the community’, and the determination to reach out to the community to engage parents in the life of the school. Highlights in the report include:

  • “As a result of the work from all staff, the quality of teaching at Oasis Academy Short Heath has continued to improve.”
  • “The pastoral support for pupils and families is excellent.”
  • “The school is an exemplary example of the MAT’s vision for providing pupils with a truly inclusive education.”
  • “Pupils’ love of learning and their enjoyment of school is a significant strength.”
  • “Pupils behaviour and positive attitudes are exceptional.”

Inspectors credited Principal Michelle Lee and the Academy’s leadership team for the ongoing good quality of education in the school since the last inspection in October 2014.

They were particularly impressed how teachers understand the importance of ensuring that the most able pupils are challenged and use effective questioning to deepen their thinking, and provide pupils with more opportunities to develop their writing and mathematical reasoning skills.

Parents have great confidence in the Academy and speak highly of all staff. ‘My children are very lucky to come to this school,’ ‘Staff go above and beyond,’ ‘There is respect for all’, these were just a couple of many positive comments expressed by parents.

Michelle Lee, Principal of Oasis Academy Short Heath, commented on the report saying; “We are delighted that inspectors recognised the shared commitment by staff and leaders, which has ensured that our Academy is a purposeful and positive experience for our children.”

“This has been a fantastic team achievement, and I am so proud”

Paul Tarry, Regional Director of Birmingham Academies at Oasis Community Learning adds; “This is a glowing Ofsted report and clearly reflects the determination and hard work of Michelle and all staff. I am confident that Oasis Academy Short Heath will continue to go from strength to strength.”


Oasis Academy Short Heath is a primary school in Erdington, Birmingham serving a diverse community. We are an inclusive academy for children aged between 3 and 11 years old, committed to delivering first class-education and playing an active role in the local community.