Oasis Academy Coulsdon


Name Oasis Academy Coulsdon
Website http://www.oasisacademycoulsdon.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 March 2015
Address Homefield Road, Old Coulsdon, Croydon, Surrey, CR5 1ES
Phone Number 01737551161
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 842 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 34.5
Academy Sponsor Oasis Community Learning
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 19.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 7%
Persisitent Absence 10.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 10%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available Yes

Information about this school

This is a smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The school is part of the Oasis Academy Trust. The proportion of students from ethnic minority backgrounds is higher than average. A broadly average number of students have English as an additional language. The proportion of of students eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals and for students in local authority care) is higher than the national average. A small number of Year 7 students benefit from the nationally funded ‘catch up’ programme, which is for students who do not achieve Level 4 in reading or mathematics at the end of their primary schooling. The proportion of students who are disabled or have special educational needs is below average. A very small number of students in Key Stage 4 are educated at alternative off-site provision. They attend the Educational Excellence College to complete a range of GCSE and vocational courses. The school runs an enhanced learning provision for autistic students. This currently provides for 11 Year 7 and 8 students. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The principal’s clear vision of what he wants for the academy and his ambition for it are helping to create an environment in which all students can achieve. He is well supported by other leaders, managers and governors in ensuring teaching and achievement continue to improve. Students make good progress in English, mathematics and other subjects because they are taught well. Teaching is good and improving strongly because : leaders at all levels have high expectations and track the impact of teaching well. Teachers plan activities carefully and explain them well to students. Students’ behaviour and safety are good. Students have positive attitudes to their learning, show good respect for others, look after the academy buildings well and say that they feel safe. Disabled students and those who have special educational needs make good progress because : the support they are given is well planned and their progress is tracked carefully. Governors are experienced and well trained. They have a good knowledge of the strengths and areas for development in the academy and have a good understanding of students’ progress. They offer good support and challenge to school leaders and are ensuring its continued improvement. The school’s sponsoring trust is providing good support to the school. This is underpinned by a Christian ethos, which is fully inclusive. The curriculum is good and its focus on developing students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is excellent. The academy prepares students very well for life in modern democratic Britain, and its focus on developing community cohesion is strong. Those students with autism who attend the enhanced learning provision make good progress as a result of the effective support they receive. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Some learning tasks and activities do not sufficiently challenge students. Students occasionally allow their standards of behaviour to drop when the work set does not interest them enough.