In their first inspection of Oasis Academy Brislington, Ofsted have praised the school for the care it has for its students, for the high expectations they have for each child, and for the improving academic progress.
In their wide-ranging report on the Academy, Ofsted also noted that:
• ‘This is an improving school. The principal and senior leaders have a clear vision for the school and the community it serves. Significant improvements since the school became an academy in 2015 are evident.’
• ‘The leadership team has raised expectations across the school. Teachers, pupils and many parents are confident that the school will continue to improve.’
• ‘Pupils are safe, well looked after and cared for. They enjoy coming to school and behave well at break and lunchtimes. There is an exceptionally strong safeguarding culture in the school.’
Inspectors complimented the impact of the Academy’s Principal Mr Peter Knight and his leadership team. ‘Leaders’ efforts to improve the school are proving effective and gathering momentum. Improvements to the curriculum, pupils’ behaviour and middle leadership have been secured and are having a growing positive impact on the progress in Years 7 and 8.’
Pupils’ behaviour, development and welfare are also strengths of the Academy. The students are ‘well cared for and there is a real sense of community in the school which reflects the ethos of the academy trust.’ Behaviour is good; attendance is rapidly improving, and pupils’ ‘increasingly positive outlook to learning is contributing more to their improving academic performance.’
Ofsted found that the Academy has ‘Good’ leadership and management, and ‘Good’ personal development, behaviour and welfare. They also provided helpful advice on how the Academy can continue to improve teaching and learning, and student outcomes, which are both categorised as ‘Requires Improvement.’
The report notes the action the Academy is taking to improve. Teachers are benefiting from new professional development training that ‘is improving the quality of planning, feedback and questioning,’ changes to English teaching and a new maths curriculum is ‘leading to faster rates of pupil progress,’ and a catch-up scheme for new students who did not meet the expected standard in primary school is having a positive impact.
Commenting on the report, Principal Peter Knight says, “This Ofsted report reflects our strengths and provides helpful on advice on what we can do to continue our rapid trajectory to be a ‘Good’ or better school.”
“The Academy is on a journey of improvement, and this is our latest step. As the inspectors noted the changes we are making is driving up pupil progress. As a staff team we remain steadfastly committed to raising the aspirations of every young person, and providing them with the opportunities that they deserve.”
Oasis Regional Director for the South West, Matthew Butler says: “This is a very positive Ofsted report that shows Oasis Academy Brislington is a secondary school on the up.”
“Thanks to the changes we have brought in, pupils are enjoying school and making greater and greater progress. With the support of our young people, their parents and our local community, and with Mr Knight leading our dedicated team, the Academy is in an extremely strong position.”