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Oasis Academy Harpur Mount is a ‘Good’ school

Staff and students at a primary in Manchester are celebrating today as they have received an overwhelmingly positive school report from school inspectors Ofsted.

Last month inspectors completed a two-day visit to Oasis Academy Harpur Mount, their first inspection since September 2014. Ofsted rate the Academy as ‘Good’ in all areas. The Oasis Community Learning multi-academy trust has now moved thirty-eight schools from failing status to ‘Good’ or better.

Highlights in the report include:

  • ”Leaders and staff are highly ambitious for pupils. They share the vision of the trust. They are highly motivated to improve the life chances of pupils in the local area.”
  • “Positive relationships between staff and pupils are at the centre of the school’s approach to learning. Pupils cooperate and support each other well.”
  • “Teachers have high expectations of pupils. Classrooms are supportive environments where pupils strive to do their best.”
  • "The school is at the heart of the local community. Staff have worked to establish strong and effective relationships with parents and carers."
  • "Pupils who speak English as an additional language make excellent progress. This is because they benefit from highly effective support."
  • "When pupils leave the school, they are well prepared for life in modern Britain. This is a very diverse school. Over 35 different languages are spoken by pupils. Leaders have created a community where differences are celebrated."

Ofsted praised the Academy’s staff for their ongoing vision and uncompromising aim to improve the opportunities and life chances of children in the local area. They recognised the strong and effective relationships with parents and carers, who are very supportive of the Academy, saying that their children are well cared for at school.

In the report, Ofsted highlighted how pupils make good progress allowing them to excel and prepare for the next stage of education. In particular, pupils who speak English as an additional language receive well-planned and carefully tailored support to ensure they make excellent progress.

Oasis Community Learning is dedicated to raising the educational bar for all students, closing the gap regardless of background or starting point. As a family of fifty-one academies in five regions including eight schools across Greater Manchester, Oasis Community Learning has now moved thirty-eight schools from a failing status to a ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement.

Commenting on the inspection, Executive Principal of Oasis Academy Harpur Mount, Kathy Maskell says; “We are delighted that Ofsted have recognised the hard work and dedication of all our children, families and staff, over the last four years. This has been a fantastic team achievement. We are particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised our uncompromising drive to improve the opportunities and life chances for everyone.”

Associate Principal Sally Herbert says; ”We couldn’t be more proud of all our children. We have consistently high expectations for everyone. It is great that the inspectors saw these realised in the pupils’ exceptional conduct, positive attitudes, confidence and their excellent attendance.”

Regional Director, Helen Arya adds; “This report is a credit to the team at Oasis Academy Harpur Mount. From day one, the pupils are supported to do their best, overcome any barriers to learning, and to develop their passions so that when they leave the Academy they are well prepared to take their next steps with confidence and enthusiasm.”

CEO of Oasis Community Learning, John Murphy says; “Congratulations to the staff and pupils and families of Oasis Academy Harpur Mount on this exceptional summary of all of their hard work. The wider Oasis Community Learning family is very proud of all their achievements, and they are in good company - the Academy is the thirty-eighth of our schools that has been judged to be ‘Good’ or better."