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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Oasis Academy Blakenhale Junior shines in celebratory Ofsted report

A local primary school in the heart of Garretts Green, Birmingham are celebrating this week as they received the exciting news after coming back from their summer holidays that the Academy has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in all areas.

In July inspectors completed a two day visit to Oasis Academy Blakenhale Junior, and in the report addressed to Executive Principal Clare Hoods-Truman, they praised the Academy for taking effective action to address issues at the last visit, with the first line in the report reading “Leaders have worked hard to successfully drive improvements. As a result, outcomes, teaching and behaviour have improved.” Other key highlights from the report include;

  • “Pupils enjoy school. This is shown in their above-average attendance.”
  • “In 2018, progress in all subjects was well above the national average and in the top 10% of all schools nationally.”
  • “The most able pupils are challenged well and, consequently, an increasing number now reach the higher standards.”
  • “Leaders have developed a well-balanced curriculum…Pupils, parents and staff all spoke passionately about the excellent and exciting range of activities offered.”
  • “Pupils work hard, enjoy their learning and behave well.”

Inspectors credited Executive Principal Clare Hoods-Truman and the Academy leadership team for being highly committed and ambitious to successfully improve teaching and outcomes of pupils.

Clare Hoods-Truman, Executive Principal of Oasis Academy Blakenhale Junior, commented on the report saying; “I am extremely proud of this report and would like to thank the pupils, parents, and staff who over the years have supported us on our committed journey to provide exceptional education at the heart of the community.”

Parents are highly complimentary of the rapid improvements made and say that their children are happy and safe. Within the report, one parent told inspectors “the staff go above and beyond and really care for our children.”

Ofsted were exceptionally impressed with the well-developed broad and balanced curriculum which is successfully driving further improvements and raising the aspirations for all pupils.

Inspectors also highlighted their amazing leaps in progress, saying; “Progress at the end of key stage 2, in 2018, was significantly above the national average in all subjects. Work in pupils’ books shows that current pupils are making good progress.”

Paul Tarry, Regional Director for Midlands at Oasis Community Learning, praised the team at the Academy saying; “This amazing report is a credit to Executive Principal Clare Hoods-Truman and her fantastic team of staff and reflects the hard work and dedication that they all show on a daily basis. I am confident that Oasis Academy Blakenhale Junior will continue to go from strength to strength.”