Oakmoor School

Name Oakmoor School
Website http://www.oakmoor.hants.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 October 2016
Address Budds Lane, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0ER
Phone Number 01420472132
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 521 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.8
Academy Sponsor University Of Chichester (Multi) Academy Trust
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 14.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.5%
Persisitent Absence 16%
Pupils with SEN Support 6.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Mill Chase is a small mixed secondary school. It became an academy in November 2013 and is sponsored by the University of Chichester Academy Trust. The school has a lower than average proportion of boys, and a higher than average proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals. There is a lower percentage of pupils from multi-ethnic groups than the national average, and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is less than half the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below the national average, but there is a higher than average percentage of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan. The school has a resource base for pupils with moderate learning difficulties which has places for nine pupils. There are currently five pupils being supported by this provision. A very small number of pupils attend alternative provision, either through the Linden Centre pupil referral unit or at Brighton and Hove Albion football club. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with DfE guidance on what academies should publish. The school meets the government floor standards for what pupils are expected to achieve by the end of key stage 4.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Senior leaders have established an ethos of high expectation and aspiration which is central to the life of the school. This is bringing about ongoing and rapid improvement. The culture of safeguarding evident throughout the school is recognised by pupils, parents and staff. Pupils are safe, happy and well looked after because of the positive relationships they have with their teachers and other adults in the school. Pupils make increasingly good progress across a range of subjects by the end of Year 11, from starting points which are typically low. Where underperformance existed in the past, standards are rising because of improvements to teaching. Disadvantaged pupils are making more rapid progress than their peers, which is helping them to catch up. Effective systems put in place by leaders encourage pupils to behave well and have positive attitudes towards their learning. The atmosphere in lessons and around school is calm and purposeful. Teachers know their subjects well and plan lessons which build on pupils’ prior learning. They are passionate about doing the best for the pupils they teach, and understand their needs. Pupils whose circumstances make them vulnerable are nurtured and supported well in accessing the curriculum. They make good progress in their academic and wider development. Attendance has improved rapidly and pupils now attend school regularly. The small number of pupils who are persistently absent is decreasing steadily.