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‘New momentum for school improvement’ following inspection at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey

Earlier this month, a local secondary school in Sheerness received a visit from school inspection body Ofsted, who report that there are steadfast foundations for further school improvement, and that the principal is well supported by its multi-academy trust.

Inspectors of Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey, located across two sites in Sheerness, have found that the Academy ‘Requires Improvement’ with a ‘Good’ 16 to 19 provision. The report is supportive of the plans the Academy has in place, and that ‘the principal with support of the trust, has provided a new momentum to the school’s plan for improvement.’

Highlights from the report include;

  • “The curriculum is broad and balanced. In Key Stage 3, students study a wide range of subjects. As students move into Key Stage 4, they choose from a rich selection of GCSE and BTEC qualifications.”
  • “Lessons are calm and purposeful, and current students make increasingly good progress because they can concentrate in lessons.”
  • “Leaders are committed, enthusiastic and ambitious for students.”
  • “Effective behaviour strategies and improved teaching in some subjects have meant that current students are making increasingly strong progress in mathematics and wider curriculum subjects.”
  • “Pupils feel safe in school. Personal, social, health and economic education teaches pupils how to keep themselves safe online and in social situations. Pupils develop a strong understanding of how to manage risks.”

Ofsted were pleased with the actions being taken by the academy leadership team, and the Principal Tina Lee, saying: ‘since her appointment, the principal has identified correctly the strengths and weaknesses of the school. She has a deep understanding of the challenges the school faces…‘improvements have been made in increasing the accountability of staff, pupils’ behaviour, the quality of teaching and in outcomes, particularly during the past year.’

Inspectors praised the work that the academy has done to engage further with parents and carers, and encouraging their attendance at school events. Eighty-three percent of parents who completed Ofsted’s online questionnaire were positive about the academy, either agreeing or strongly agreeing that they would recommend the school to others.

Ofsted also highlight the sixth form provision as a strength of the academy. Teachers in the sixth form know their students well, and have knowledge expertise. Well-structured lessons and activities challenge students to further their understanding and make good progress.

Teachers ensure that when students leave the academy, they are well prepared. Year 11 and Year 13 students receive excellent careers’ advice. “Pupils experience a range of opportunities to learn about possible future employment, education or training. Careers advisers provide independent advice and are available to pupils when they have to make decisions about their future paths.”

Tina Lee, Principal at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey, commented, saying; “We are grateful to Ofsted for their insights and challenges which will support us with our continuing journey of improvement.”

“We are pleased that inspectors recognised the progress we have made in teaching and learning, accountability of staff, and behaviour, and that the work we do to prepare our students for their next steps is a real strength.”

“While there is still much for us to achieve, I am confident that we have the right team and plans in place to continue to drive up improvements across the academy. The immediate next step is the project we have over the summer to bring together our secondary provision at our Minster site, which will have a really positive impact for both teachers and students.”

Adam Browne, Regional Director at Oasis Community Learning, added; “This report is a credit to Tina and her team for all their hard work over the last twelve months, while being honest about what challenges remain. We are all working tirelessly to improve our education offer to support our students to realise their goals and ambitions.”

“As indicated by the inspectors, parents and community are really supportive of the actions we are taking at the academy, and we are very grateful. They can be assured by this report that we are building on the strong foundations in place at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey to accelerate the improvements we are making.”