|Name||Oakfield High School and College|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||30 April 2014|
|Address||Long Lane, Hindley Green, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN2 4XA|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||192 (71% boys 29% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||36.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||0.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
Oakfield High School and College educates boys and girls aged between the ages of 11 and 19. They can join the school at any stage of their secondary education but the majority come at the start of Year 7. A further substantial proportion joins at the beginning of Key Stage 4 or at the start of the sixth form. All have a statement of special educational needs in respect of moderate learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties or behavioural, social and emotional difficulties. Some have physical disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and other communication difficulties. Around one-third of the students are girls and almost all come from a White British background. More than half are entitled to support from the pupil premium funding and this is much higher than the national average for all schools. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Oakfield provides an outreach service to other local secondary schools but none of the students at the school are dual registered. Some come from local secondary schools to receive a few of their lessons at Oakfield. The school gained the highest (Gold Standard) award for Investors in People in January 2014.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Students starting at the school have much lower standards in education than most nationally. Nevertheless, their achievements are outstanding. Throughout their time at Oakfield almost all students make extremely rapid progress, far in excess of that expected. Occasionally, students’ learning is slowed a little by having to make use of written materials in classes that are too difficult for them. By the end of Key Stage 4 and in sixth form almost all students leave with a range and level of qualifications far beyond the expectations of their parents and others. The sixth form is outstanding and makes a strong contribution to the excellent personal developments of students. Most teaching is outstanding and it ensures the successes of students. Occasionally, students are not shown exactly what is expected of them and how to make the best possible progress. The behaviour and safety of students are outstanding. In class, their impeccable attitudes to learning help them settle very quickly into classes. At break times and around the school students’ behaviour is exemplary. Students report that they feel very safe here and this view is supported by parents and staff. The care and support provided by the staff is of a very high quality. The leadership and management of the school are outstanding. The headteacher has, with the full support of the governing body, continued to improve teaching since the last inspection. Their work has resulted in students making even greater progress and gaining better qualifications. Leaders and managers at all levels in the school contribute effectively to its success. The focus for all is on providing the best quality of education and care to the students. However, they do not always ensure that all of the learning demonstrated by students in lessons is captured and recorded by staff.