Oakfield First School
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The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have created a dedicated team of leaders and governors who share your ambition that all pupils achieve high standards within a safe and happy environment. This is reflected in the many positive written comments made by parents. One parent wrote, ‘Mrs Hull is an inspiring leader who creates an excellent atmosphere for staff to teach and pupils to learn.’ You have given your staff confidence and self-belief. They are highly motivated and actively engage with new initiatives that help to improve their skills further. All staff value and respond to your leadership. You lead by example and so leaders at all levels learn the skills and talents that enable them to become effective in their roles. Staff relish opportunities to take on additional responsibilities that advance their careers. One member of staff wrote, ‘Very intuitive and holistic leadership which strikes a brilliant balance between raising standards in teaching and maintaining a healthy and happy staff.’ Pupils love their school. Because of the high quality of care provided by staff, they feel valued as individuals. They are confident that adults will listen to them and take their concerns seriously. Pupils behave exceptionally well in class, in the playground and when they move around the school. They have a good awareness of bullying but they say that it rarely happens. They are confident, happy young people who enjoy talking about their favourite subjects and all the extra activities available to them. Pupils of all ages get on very well together. They are friendly and polite to each other and to adults. They understand the school’s values of respect, resilience and responsibility and they understand how these contribute towards their learning and their behaviour. Pupils thoroughly enjoy learning and this is exemplified by the highly positive attitudes they show in classrooms. You, your leaders and governors have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths as well as where further improvements can be made. Governors are skilled and they know the school well. They provide a high level of professional challenge by holding you and your leaders to account for the quality of education that pupils receive. Together, you have responded to the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection. For example, provision and outcomes in the early years have improved and are now much stronger. Most teachers provide effective feedback to pupils so that pupils know how their work may be improved, and this is leading to faster rates of progress for pupils. ‘Excellence Through Partnership in Learning’ is the core value underpinning your work. You work closely with pupils and their families to make learning a true partnership. Parents who responded to the Ofsted survey commented on the strength of this partnership. One parent wrote, ‘There is such a happy, lively feeling to this school community and a genuine warmth shown towards families.’ You work closely with other schools and external partners to draw in ideas and practices to strengthen what you already do well. Teaching is consistently effective across the school and so pupils’ outcomes have improved in recent years. They are typically good or better in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 2. Disadvantaged pupils usually achieve equally as well as other pupils. However, you are not complacent and you know that pupils’ outcomes in writing are not as strong as they could be. You also know that children in the early years could be given more opportunities to extend their learning still further. Safeguarding is effective. You, your staff and governors ensure that pupils’ safety and welfare are given high priority throughout the school. All staff have been suitably trained in line with government guidance so that they know what action to take should they be concerned that a pupil might be at risk from harm. You call on the expertise of external agencies to ensure that needy pupils and their families receive bespoke help in a timely way. You maintain high-quality records on the suitability of adults to work with children and these are regularly checked by you and your chair of governors. All records regarding the safety of pupils are well maintained and fit for purpose. Pupils say that they feel safe in school. They say that adults are readily on hand to help them on the odd occasion that things go wrong. Pupils learn to stay safe when using modern technology in their information technology lessons. They spoke knowledgeably about the visitors to school, including the police and the Fire and Rescue Service, who taught them how to stay safe outside school. Parents, staff and governors agreed that pupils are safe in school.

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This school is an academy and does not conform to the general school admission criteria set down by the Local Education Authority.