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Oasis Academy Hadley students say 'school is much better than the outside world'

Oasis Academy Hadley students say 'school is much better than the outside world'

Across the country, children and teachers have endured arguably the toughest period of their school and teaching life; but staff and students at Oasis Academy Hadley, the North London all-through school serving children aged 2 to 19 are in high spirits following affirmations from Ofsted that students enjoy strong and supportive relationships with teachers and one and another.

Ofsted inspectors visited Oasis Academy Hadley, in Ponders End, Enfield in September 2021 and have now published their findings; concluding that since their last inspection in June 2016 the academy continues to be a ‘Good’ school in all areas.

Highlights from the report include:

  • “Pupils feel safe and well cared for.”
  • “Leaders have planned an ambitious curriculum. It combines learning from the early years through to primary, secondary and the sixth form.”
  • “Pupils enjoy their lessons and remember what they have learnt before.”
  • “Leaders are ambitious for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).”

Ofsted found that the school has maintained its ambitious culture of high expectations which is driving progress for all pupils and students across all year groups, particularly evident in the early years, where adults know what they want children to learn so they are prepared for Year 1. Adults model learning well and provide a suitable environment for learning. The phonics programme used to teach early reading is well planned.

The academy is dedicated to ensuring that each student makes good progress and have the opportunities they need to achieve their full potential. Inspectors said that “Teachers have strong subject knowledge. They are skilled in using and adapting subject plans to ensure that pupils achieve well. For example, they explain new ideas clearly and help pupils to connect these ideas with previous learning.”

The education inspection body noted that there was careful consideration taken following the Covid-19 pandemic in reinstating pupils to their usual range of trips and enrichment activities. For example, all pupils in Years 7 and 8 go on three free educational visits each year. Older students also enjoy two trips related to the curriculum per year. For Year 9 pupils, there is also a visit to a top university. In the sixth form, students complete a work experience placement. They also attend university open days.

The impact of the extra educational enrichment activities is clear at the very end of the students’ time at the academy as the vast majority of students go on to university. History was made last academic year with the highest number of students being accepted into Russel group Universities. For the first time, two students were accepted to study at Cambridge University.

Pupils told Ofsted that they enjoy coming to school each day. One summed up the views of many saying that school is “better than the outside world”. Pupils feel safe and well cared for. Inspectors highlight that an ethos of care for the children permeates throughout school, and that staff and pupils have very good relationships. Sixth form students are positive and mature role models in whom the rest of the school can learn a lot from.

Zoe Thompson, Principal at Oasis Academy Hadley, says; “This extremely positive Ofsted report is nothing short of what Oasis Academy Hadley’s staff and students deserve. I am extremely grateful to our teachers who are determined and dedicated to raising the aspirations and supporting the progress of every pupil, from our very youngest who join us at three right up to our 19-year-olds who leave us prepared university and their lives ahead.”

“When it comes to our students there is of course no complacency. As with every day, we will continue to work hard to lead the academy to greater levels of success and to create the best possible learning environment so that all our children and young people can fulfil their full potential.”

Louise Lee, Regional Director for London & SE Secondary Academies at Oasis Community Learning commented saying; I am delighted that the efforts of Zoe and her able team have been recognised in this Ofsted inspection. Zoe’s love for her students and staff is undeniable and everyone connected to Oasis Academy Hadley should be proud of the immensely positive impact that they are having on the lives of their pupils and students.”

You can read the full report HERE.

Daniel Marsh