Oakdale Comprehensive School

Name Oakdale Comprehensive School
Estyn Inspection Rating 2
Address Waterloo, Blackwood, NP12 0NU
Type Secondary (ages 11-16)
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Local Authority Caerphilly
Percentage Free School Meals 14.3%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Oakdale Comprehensive School is an 11-16 co-educational school maintained by the unitary authority of Caerphilly County Borough Council. The school serves the villages of Oakdale and Penmaen and the surrounding area. The area is one of mixed housing with relatively little social disadvantage or deprivation. 2. The number of pupils on roll has fallen gradually from 807 at the time of the previous inspection to a current figure of 600. Recent annual intakes comprise pupils from the full ability range, whereas earlier intakes had few abler pupils. About 17.6% of pupils are entitled to receive free school meals, a figure close to the average for all Wales. There are 12 pupils with statements of special educational needs (SEN) and no pupils are disapplied from aspects of the National Curriculum. There are 14% of pupils on the school’s SEN register. The ethnic profile of the school is almost entirely white British and all pupils have English as their first language. 3. Since the last inspection in November 2002, the school has had three headteachers. The senior management team (SMT) comprises the headteacher, the deputy headteacher, the assistant headteacher and the bursar. The current headteacher has been in post since April 2007. The deputy headteacher has been in post since September 2008. A new assistant headteacher has been appointed to start in January 2009. The school’s priorities and targets 4. The school’s mission is £to create a happy and productive community of learners in which all are valued£. The school aims to ensure that: £ ’staff and pupils sustain high levels of confidence and self-esteem; £ staff and pupils achieve and that achievement is given recognition; £ staff and pupils support and help each other in a spirit of mutual regard and dignity; and £ pupils are encouraged to develop into responsible citizens and contribute successfully to a free democratic society£. 5. The school’s strategic development plan (SDP) for 2008-2009 lists priorities in five main areas: £ teaching and learning; £ developing the role of middle managers and support staff; £ self-evaluation; £ the 14-19 curriculum; and £ special educational needs£ provision.