Oaks Primary Academy

Name Oaks Primary Academy
Website http://www.oaksprimaryacademy.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 March 2014
Address Oak Tree Avenue, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9AX
Phone Number 01622755960
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 194 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 11.7
Academy Sponsor Leigh Academies Trust
Local Authority Kent
Percentage Free School Meals 29.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.9%
Persisitent Absence 10.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

Oaks became an academy in April 2012. It is part of the Academies Enterprise Trust. The headteacher was appointed in January 2013 and since her appointment, there has been a significant number of changes in staffing. It is smaller than the average-sized school. Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who receive extra help in class is over three times higher than the national average. The proportion of pupils who need more help than this or who have a statement of special educational needs is similar to the proportion found nationally. The proportion of pupils who are at risk of not doing as well as others and for whom the academy receives additional funding, is more than double the national average. The proportion of pupils who join the academy during the course of their primary education is higher than that found nationally. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectation for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The academy runs a breakfast club. The academy does not make use of any alternative provision.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the academy opened, achievement has improved. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Leaders thoroughly check the quality of teaching and know how well teachers are meeting their targets. As a result, teaching is good and improving. The headteacher is uncompromising in her drive to make the academy as good as it can be. She has dealt with weak teaching effectively. Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage because adults encourage children to talk about the activities they are doing and ask interesting questions. All leaders and governors know the strengths of their academy very well, and what is needed to make it even better. They send a clear message to pupils, staff and parents about the high standards they expect. Behaviour is good. Poor behaviour has been tackled effectively because all staff manage behaviour in the same way. Pupils all know what is expected of them and how misbehaviour will be dealt with. Pupils develop a good knowledge about how to keep themselves safe, including when using the internet. Staff, parents and pupils agree that the academy provides a safe and caring environment in which pupils can learn. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not enough outstanding teaching. Pupils do not always know precisely how to improve, either through the marking of their work or through the targets they are given. Achievement in writing lags slightly behind other subjects because pupils do not always write enough in subjects other than English. Leaders do not know enough about how well different groups of pupils are learning so that they are able to ensure all groups of pupils make rapid progress. Some pupils do not attend regularly enough.