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Oasis Academy Enfield is a ‘Good’ School

Staff and students at a secondary in Enfield are celebrating as school inspectors Ofsted find the quality of education at the school to be ‘Good.

Ofsted: Oasis Academy Enfield is a ‘Good’ School
Academy has ‘high expectations for all students’

Last month Ofsted completed a short inspection of Oasis Academy Enfield, their first since the school was first declared ‘Good’ in May 2015. In a letter to the Executive Principal Lynne Dawes inspectors confirmed that the school continues to be good. 

Inspectors found that:

  • Academy leaders and staff share high expectations for all students
  • Students behave well, and treat each other and staff with respect
  • Safeguarding is a strength of the Academy, and staff are proactive at supporting the children to stay safe both in school and out
  • Students feel safe and happy in school. Parents support this view and are happy with the progress their children are making
  • School assessments suggest that changes made to teaching practice is driving up students’ progress and attainment

Ofsted praised Executive Principal Lynne Dawes and the Academy’s senior leadership team for their effective action to improve standards at the school.  A particular focus for the Academy has been to improve the progress of every student, regardless of background or starting point.  Inspectors were pleased to see improved attendance and behaviour of students who have additional educational needs or disabilities.

Parents have great confidence in the Academy and are pleased at how staff serve and care for the students.  A survey of parents said their children were happy and safe, and making good progress – one parent said “I feel my son has made excellent progress at this school; teachers clearly put in a lot of hard work and dedication.’

Ofsted are very impressed by the perseverance shown by staff to ensure the students remain safe both at school and in the local area.  Inspectors praised the clear safeguarding systems in place, and the child protection courses taken by staff.  ‘The school responds swiftly when concerns arise and draws on advice from external agencies to ensure that vulnerable students receive extra help when they need it.’

Commenting on Ofsted’s latest inspection, Executive Principal Lynne Dawes says, ‘We are grateful to Ofsted for this very positive and helpful report.’  ‘

‘As a senior leadership team we are particularly pleased that Inspectors have recognised the steadfast dedication and commitment staff show to the students, they work extremely hard each day to ensure that each of the students, regardless of background or starting point, makes great progress.’

‘There is of course more work to do, and we continue to improve our teaching and learning practice across the Academy to further improve student attainment at both GCSE and A-level.’

Regional Director Kirstie Fulthorpe adds, ‘This report is a credit to Lynne and the team at Oasis Academy Enfield.  From day one the students are supported to do their best, overcome any barriers to learning, and to develop their passions so that when they leave the Academy they are well prepared to take their next steps with confidence and enthusiasm.’