Oaklands School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
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Old Bethnal Green Road
Bethnal Green
E2 6PR
11 - 18
Community school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Together with your leadership team, you have worked relentlessly to address the areas for improvement identified in the last inspection. The impact of your efforts is evident in the strong progress pupils have made over time. This focus is visible in the way teachers provide pupils with clear explanations so they know how to improve their work. You have established a culture of high expectations and aspirations for your pupils. The pupils respond by working hard and setting high targets for themselves. A great strength of the school is the constant reflection by the headteacher on ‘how do we do better?’ Pupils say they enjoy coming to school. They say their opinions and their views are listened to and acted on by you and your team. Pupils listen attentively in class. Relationships between pupils and their teachers are respectful. All the pupils who spoke to inspectors said that their teachers give them a great deal of support to help them learn well. Outcomes for pupils at the end of key stage 4 in GCSE examinations are above those achieved by pupils in other schools with similar starting points. Pupil premium funding is used effectively. Senior leaders evaluate this funding carefully to ensure there is maximum impact for disadvantaged pupils. Consequently, disadvantaged pupils, including the most able disadvantaged pupils, make good and often better progress than that of pupils with similar starting points in other schools. Leaders re-organised the care and guidance support last year. This change has had a positive impact on reducing the number of incidents of poor behaviour, particularly for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. All pupils who spoke to inspectors said they like the school. Staff who responded to Ofsted’s online staff questionnaire said that pupils’ behaviour is good. Developing further careers advice and guidance for pupils in key stage 3 is an area that is under review by leaders, but has not yet been fully addressed. The guidance relating to this in Year 7 and Year 8 is currently quite limited in time and scope. Sometimes leaders do not monitor outcomes rigorously or evaluate actions sharply enough. In a few instances, leaders are not fully aware of the impact of their actions on pupils’ progress. Safeguarding is effective. Leaders ensure that all appropriate employment checks for staff are carried out and a record of safeguarding training is maintained. All staff have been issued with the most recent guidance on safeguarding and further training was taking place during the week of the inspection. Staff who spoke with inspectors say they understand and are confident of the steps to take with regard to safeguarding concerns. New staff receive safeguarding training as part of their induction to the school. Senior leaders have all undertaken additional training in safeguarding. Referrals to the local authority around safeguarding concerns are made promptly and followed up diligently. The training and focus on safeguarding promotes a safe environment for pupils. Pupils who met with inspectors say that they feel safe in school. Assemblies on avoiding radicalisation and other risks, such as involvement in gangs, are led by older students. Sixth form students are given opportunities to work with younger pupils with care and guidance support, as well as in their learning. Pupils’ behaviour during social times and around the school during the inspection indicated that they manage their own behaviour very well. There was a high staff presence, but staff were not required to intervene to manage behaviour. There are no pupils currently in alternative provision but leaders do ensure that all alternative provision is thoroughly checked. The safeguarding governor visits the school regularly to speak to pupils to confirm that pupils feel safe in school. Governors also ensure that safeguarding concerns are monitored during governing body meetings.

Oaklands School Catchment Area Map

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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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