|Name||Oasis Academy Blakenhale Infants|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||13 December 2016|
|Address||Blakenhale Road, Garrett’s Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, B33 0XD|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Academy Sponsor||Oasis Community Learning|
|Percentage Free School Meals||50.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|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. Oasis Academy Blakenhale Infants is larger than the average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds and an above-average proportion of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is well above average. Children experience early years provision in a Nursery class and three Reception classes. The other pupils across the school are taught in six single-year group classes across Years 1 and 2. Oasis Academy Blakenhale Infants is a member of the Oasis Community Learning Multi Academy Trust. It works closely with the adjacent Blakenhale Junior Academy, which is also a member of the multi-academy trust. The executive principal also fulfils this role within Blakenhale Junior Academy. She is supported by a deputy principal who assists in managing the day-to-day running of both schools. The academy council provides local oversight of the school under the guidance and strategic leadership of the multi-academy trust.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The executive principal works closely with the deputy principal to provide strong leadership. They are well supported by committed local academy councillors and skilled multi-academy leaders. Close collaboration between middle leaders in this school and the next-door junior school has also helped to sustain significant improvement since the previous inspection. All pupils respond enthusiastically to good teaching and excellent care and behave well. All staff and most parents recognise substantial improvements in teaching and pupils’ behaviour and learning in recent years. They rightly identify that pupils enjoy their time at the school and feel very safe. Pupils show much improved and securely good attitudes to their work, and by the time they leave they are well prepared for future learning. Pupils make good progress from their different starting points. Standards across the school are typically average and improving quickly. Provision for sport is very strong. As a result, pupils make particularly rapid progress in physical education. In response to good teaching, they also develop their phonic understanding very effectively. At times, teachers do not deepen pupils’ understanding by setting appropriately challenging work, especially for the most able pupils. Pupils’ handwriting, and the knowledge of basic numeracy facts of some lower attaining pupils, are not developed as well as other skills. Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make the same fast progress as their classmates. Past differences between disadvantaged pupils and others in the school and nationally have been significantly diminished. The early years provision is good. As a result, children in the Nursery and Reception classes typically make rapid progress in all aspects of their learning.