Oasis Academy Don Valley

Name Oasis Academy Don Valley
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 June 2018
Address Leeds Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 3TY
Phone Number 01142200400
Type Academy
Age Range 2-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 456 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.0
Academy Sponsor Oasis Community Learning
Local Authority Sheffield
Percentage Free School Meals 31.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 39.5%
Persisitent Absence 9.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oasis Academy Don Valley is an all-through school, which opened to children from Nursery age up to Year 4 on 1 September 2015, in a new building. The school has grown over the last three years, and a high proportion of pupils in the school have started at different times in the primary school cycle. The school includes provision for two-year olds and the first Year 6 cohort in 2017/18. The school is an academy within the multi-academy sponsor, Oasis Community Learning. The large majority of pupils come from Asian backgrounds. The remainder of pupils are from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds. A few pupils are White British. A much higher-than-average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is above average, although the proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is average.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal and senior leaders provide strong and determined leadership. The school’s values and beliefs underpin leaders’ commitment and passion for pupils to succeed regardless of their ability. Leaders have created an inclusive ethos within a safe and nurturing environment that enables pupils to flourish academically, socially and personally. The academy council and trust executives review the work of the school rigorously and hold leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s work. Parents and carers have nothing but praise for the principal and school staff. Almost all parents would recommend the school to other parents. A rich and engaging curriculum engages pupils and promotes pupils’ understanding of different cultures as well as life in modern Britain. Behaviour is good and pupils are happy and feel safe in school. Children get off to a good start in the early years. Provision for children from two years and upwards through to the Reception class is well planned and delivered so that progress through the early years is strong. Good-quality teaching ensures that all pupils make strong progress in English and mathematics from the time they enter the school. Extremely positive relationships between parents, leaders, teachers and support staff contribute effectively to pupils’ good progress. Subject leaders benefit from coaching by senior leaders to develop their skills. Many are new to their roles, and so the impact on subjects other than English and mathematics has yet to be fully realised. Some teachers more confidently challenge the most able pupils’ learning than others. Attendance rates have improved since the school opened and are now close to the national average. While the proportion who are frequently absent is still above average, it is falling quickly.