Oakwood Academy

Name Oakwood Academy
Website http://www.oakwoodacademy.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 21 November 2017
Address Chatsworth Road, Ellesmere Park, Eccles, Lancashire, M30 9DY
Phone Number 01619212880
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 9-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 238
Academy Sponsor Kings Academy Trust
Local Authority 355
Percentage Free School Meals 41.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.2%
Persisitent Absence 22%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school is larger than the average-sized special school. All students have an education, health and care plan. The majority of pupils have a moderate learning difficulty or speech, language and communication needs. More than half of the pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding. The school converted to a multi-academy trust in July 2015. In September 2013, the school introduced a sixth-form provision. The school began to admit pupils to upper key stage 2 in September 2015.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher and governors have created an environment where very high expectations enable pupils to flourish from the outset. Staff are committed wholeheartedly to helping pupils overcome their barriers to learning. Leaders’ effective use of assessment information about pupils’ performance results in activities that are very well matched to pupils’ learning needs. The curriculum is broad and well-tailored to meet pupils’ individual needs. Activities are interesting and engage pupils in their learning. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils are motivated to help others, showing kindness and patience in equal measure. Pupils make excellent progress. Leaders work with other schools to check that their judgements about pupils’ work are robust and accurate. Pupils complete external examination courses successfully, which prepares them well for the next stage of their education, employment or training. Leaders and governors make sure that systems for managing staff performance have a positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning that pupils receive. The well-maintained school environment and regular updating of quality displays inspire pupils to take pride in their work. The sixth-form provision allows students to continue thriving, both academically and socially, into their young adulthood. Leaders ensure that all staff and governors receive high-quality safeguarding training. The school’s curriculum helps pupils to learn how to keep themselves safe. As a result, pupils feel safe at school. While absence is below the national average, it is improving. The pastoral team acts swiftly to intervene where individual pupils’ attendance is a cause for concern. Leaders’ actions to promote literacy across the curriculum are not yet fully embedded across all subjects. The positive progress seen in most subjects is not yet evident in science, humanities and food technology.