Celebrations at Ryelands as school is ‘Good’ in recent Ofsted report!
Students, parents and staff at Oasis Academy Ryelands are celebrating after Ofsted has judged the school to be ‘Good’ overall in categories – quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes for pupils, early years provision, effectiveness of leadership and management, and personal development, behaviour and welfare.
In the overwhelmingly positive report, inspectors praised the curriculum, pupil behaviour and their outlook on school, and the calm and safe school environment.
Inspectors explain how the pupils at Oasis Academy Ryelands benefit from a broad curriculum. Pupils maximise skills taught in lessons, as there is a wide range of enrichment activities for pupils to specialise in or develop a particular talent or interest.
“Leaders have created an ambitious curriculum for all pupils. They have identified the key knowledge, skills and vocabulary that they want pupils to know. Leaders know the small steps in learning that pupils need in order to succeed. Teachers use resources effectively to help pupils to deepen their learning, including the use of technology. Leaders have recently introduced many new subject plans.”
Teachers have been applauded throughout the report for having secure subject knowledge and adapting learning in order to support all pupils. The report continues to say that staff work closely with pupils to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Furthermore, it has been recognised that teachers encourage pupils to develop their communication skills, including by explaining their thoughts, e.g., in a debate or through mathematical strategies.
Inspectors found that leaders of the Academy have high expectations of pupil behaviour, and staff and pupils strive to live the school’s values in all that they do.
“Leaders encourage pupils to have high aspirations. For instance, they held a careers week for pupils to learn about different professions. Leaders nurture pupils’ talents and interests. Pupils are proud to take part in regional and national competitions. Typically, pupils focus on their learning and do not disrupt learning.”
The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Leaders have been commended for refining their approach, records are detailed and thorough. Parents agree that their children feel happy and safe.
“Pupils are taught how to stay safe, including when online. They are made aware of potential issues in their community and how to keep themselves safe. Teachers help pupils in respect of how to report any concerns. Pupils have trusted adults with whom they can share any worries.”
Commenting on the report, Executive Principal, Glenn Lillo says: “The whole of the Oasis Academy Ryelands community are delighted that we continue to be a ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding” features academy.”
“I am exceptionally proud of this report as there are so many positive aspects. I would like to thank the pupils, staff, parents and members of the community who over the years have supported us on our continued journey to provide an amazing education to the young people in our care.”