Oakwood Primary Academy

Name Oakwood Primary Academy
Website http://www.oakwoodprimaryacademy.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 July 2016
Address Magnolia Drive, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 0SS
Phone Number 01323501251
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 428 (55% boys 45% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.2
Academy Sponsor Aurora Academies Trust
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 28.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13.3%
Persisitent Absence 16.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oakwood Primary Academy is a larger than average-sized primary school located in a residential area of Eastbourne. The academy opened in September 2012 and is sponsored by, and is part of, the Aurora Academies Trust, which operates four academies in East Sussex. Oakwood Nursery offers childcare and Nursery provision from the age of six months old on the same site. The Nursery shares buildings known as the ‘Foundation Village’ with the school. Nearly half of all pupils are disadvantaged and eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or children looked after). This is almost double the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is slightly above average. Approximately one sixth of pupils speak English as an additional language, which is slightly above average. A higher than average proportion of pupils join or leave the school during the school year. Governance of the school is organised into two parts. At a local level, the local advisory board acts as a critical friend to school leaders and undertakes a strategic role in challenging and supporting school leaders. At a higher level, the Aurora Academies Trust oversees educational policy and the management of financial and human resources. The Trustees hold school leaders to account and may also sit on the local advisory board. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set out the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The head of school and executive headteacher provide determined and focused leadership. As a result, the school has significantly improved since its last inspection and now provides a good standard of education for its pupils. Teaching and learning are good. Teachers plan activities that interest and engage pupils and promote an enthusiasm for learning. Pupils learn well and make good progress overall from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. Standards of attainment have risen and, in the current Year 6, most pupils are working at or above the expectations for their age. Good teaching is now supporting the good progress of all groups of pupils. Pupils’ behaviour is typically good. They participate well in lessons and are proud of their school. The Oakwood values, such as kindness and aiming high, are embedded throughout the school and pupils are considerate to each other and adults. Children make great strides in their learning when they start their education because of the exceptional care and opportunities offered in the early years. They make good progress and build skills across all areas of learning. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is very strong. British values are woven throughout the extended curriculum and pupils are well prepared for the next stages of their lives. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all staff are sufficiently well trained in the use of phonics (the sounds that letters make) to support all pupils in making rapid progress in reading and writing during key stage 1. More remains to be done to help some parents to work closely with teachers to enable their child to get the best from all the school has to offer. Leaders’ systems for tracking pupil progress are not yet refined enough to enable governors to challenge improvements in the provision for different groups of pupils. Attendance, although improving, is still below average and there are still differences between the attendance of some groups and their peers.