Oakfield School

Name Oakfield School
Website www.oakfield.leics.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 May 2014
Address Hospital Lane, Blaby, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE8 4FE
Phone Number 01162759150
Type Pupil Referral Unit
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 11 (90% boys 10% girls)
Local Authority Leicestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 45.5%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oakfield caters for pupils who have experienced behavioural, emotional or social difficulties at their mainstream schools. Many pupils also have learning difficulties or specific difficulties with literacy. Until recently, and at the time of the previous inspection, Oakfield took pupils in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. Since April 2014, it caters only for Key Stage 1 and 2. Around three quarters of the pupils are in Key Stage 2. Around a third of the pupils have been permanently excluded from mainstream school. Most other pupils are still on the roll of their mainstream school but attend Oakfield full time. Occasionally, pupils attend Oakfield part time and another school for the rest of the time. The length of time that pupils remain at Oakfield varies. On average, pupils stay for three or four terms, though some return to a mainstream school or move onto a special school within a term. Typically, the vast majority of the pupils at Oakfield are boys. At the time of the inspection there were no girls on roll. The school receives primary school sport funding. Around a fifth of the pupils have a statement of special educational need. The majority of the pupils are White British. A very small number of pupils are looked after by the local authority. The school serves the whole of Leicestershire so pupils often have long journeys to school. Around a third of the pupils are eligible for the pupil premium. This is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who are looked after by the local authority. However, the school has not yet received any pupil premium funding in the past. They will be receiving it from this term onwards.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The high expectations, positive atmosphere and very clear routines at Oakfield help pupils to settle very quickly and to improve their behaviour and their learning. The good teaching quickly starts to fill gaps in pupils’ previous learning. Pupils make good progress with their reading, writing and mathematical skills. Pupils make good and often excellent improvements in their behaviour. Pupils focus very well on their learning and show great pride in their work. They treat each other and staff with respect. Staff are a close-knit team who are dedicated to making sure that pupils achieve the best they can. The headteacher’s leadership has been a key factor in the school’s considerable improvement. She is ably supported by the acting deputy headteacher. Both have very high expectations for what pupils can achieve. The management committee has worked very effectively with the school and the local authority to help the school to improve. Senior leaders and the management committee have taken effective actions to improve the quality of teaching. The school has very positive relationships with parents. Parents receive a very good range and quality of support from the family support workers. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally teaching is not good and there is not yet enough that is outstanding. In mathematics, number is taught frequently but for a few pupils this is not often enough to make up for gaps in their learning really quickly. Staff sometimes use mathematical terms in a way that confuses pupils. The best marking is excellent but this is not consistent across all classes. Marking in mathematics does not always pick up when pupils have not understood something. At times, teaching assistants do not have the subject knowledge to be able to correct pupils’ mistakes in English and mathematics.