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‘Transformed’ as Oasis Academy Lister Park receives a glowing Ofsted report

‘Rapid improvement & relentless commitment’ – A local secondary Academy in the heart of Bradford has been praised by school inspectors Ofsted after receiving a glowing report.

Staff, students and parents at Oasis Academy Lister Park, situated on North Avenue in Bradford are celebrating this week as they are officially graded as being a ‘Good’ school in all areas by Ofsted.

Highlights in the report include:

  • “Under the strong leadership of the principal, Oasis Academy Lister Park has improved rapidly since the last inspection.”
  • “Students’ personal development and welfare are of paramount importance.”
  • “Students’ progress, and the quality of teaching and assessment have all improved markedly since the last inspection.”
  • “The atmosphere in the school is harmonious.”

Oasis Academy Lister Park was previously inspected in September 2016 where it ‘Required Improvement’ in all areas apart from, effectiveness of leadership and management which was graded as ‘Good’. In less than two years Ofsted say the school has been ‘transformed’, with inspectors praising Principal Ian Simpson and leaders, saying; “Since his appointment in 2015, the Principal has transformed the school” and “Leaders demonstrate the passion and dedication to improve standards rapidly.”

In the last two years outcomes for students have drastically improved from being below national average to now being in line with national average. Students who started off with low starting points now make good progress across a wide range of subjects, including in English and mathematics.

Ian Simpson, Principal of Oasis Academy Lister Park, commented on the glowing report, saying; “I am exceptionally proud of this report and would like to thank the students, staff, parents and members of the community who over the years have supported us on our continued journey to provide amazing education to the young people in our care."

“We are particularly pleased that inspectors praised the outcomes of our students, the opportunities we provide and support we offer through the rich curriculum.”

Inspectors were especially impressed with how students’ progress, the quality of teaching and assessment have all improved markedly since the last inspection with Ofsted adding; “the leadership of teaching and learning is strong.” Students who spoke to inspectors about the curriculum and options said “they feel well prepared for making choices at key stage 4 and about next steps in their futures.”

Students are also keen to contribute to discussions and support one another well in lessons and behaviour around the school is good.

John Murphy, Chief Executive of Oasis Community Learning, praised the team at Oasis Academy Lister Park, saying; “This amazing report is a credit to Principal Ian Simpson and his 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 Lister Park will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Inspectors also credited the high quality of teaching, learning and assessment for students who speak English as an additional language and the high quality of support provided for students with SEND, saying “students who speak English as an additional language are taught by a highly skilled teacher and teaching assistant. These students make rapid progress.” And “Teachers and teaching assistants provide high-quality support for students with SEND, including those with speech and language needs."