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Ofsted - oaklands primary academy is good in all areas

  • The headteacher, ably supported by the senior  leadership team, has secured substantial improvements since the school became an academy in 2015.
  • The early years provision enables children to make a good start to their education. The early years curriculum is well designed and ensures that children are ready for Year 1.
  • The teaching of phonics is systematic and helps pupils to get off to a good start in reading. Consequently, pupils acquire good phonics skills which they use to read unfamiliar words.
  • At the end of key stage 2 in 2017, the proportion of pupils working at or above the expected standard was higher than the national average in reading, writing and mathematics combined.
  • The majority of pupils currently in the school make good progress from their starting points across a range of subjects.
  • Disadvantaged pupils do well across subjects due to the effective support and guidance that they receive. 
  • The headteacher is determined to raise standards. She has worked successfully to address weaknesses in teaching and learning by taking well-considered and effective actions. She has managed turbulence in staffing well. Consequently, the quality of education has improved and high aspirations are set for pupils and staff.
  • Governors understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school and are committed to supporting leaders improve the school further.
  • Staff know how to keep pupils safe at school. They are clear about safeguarding procedures, including the potential signs that may alert them to concerns about pupils’ welfare. 
  • The pupil premium grant is used effectively to ensure that disadvantaged pupils currently in the school achieve well. This is because of leaders’ increasing focus on improving outcomes for this group of pupils.
  • The early years is well led. Leaders carefully track children’s progress. Adults put in place timely support to make sure that children who may be falling behind catch up quickly. Leaders have a good awareness of the strengths of the provision, and areas to develop further.
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