Oasis Academy Fir Vale

Name Oasis Academy Fir Vale
Website http://www.oasisacademyfirvale.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 06 February 2018
Address Owler Lane, Fir Vale, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S4 8GA
Phone Number 01142012300
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 363 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 36.3
Academy Sponsor Oasis Community Learning
Local Authority Sheffield
Percentage Free School Meals 55.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 93.9%
Persisitent Absence 40.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school is larger than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is over twice the national average. Six out of 10 pupils are disadvantaged pupils. Almost all pupils are from a minority ethnic background and speak English as an additional language. The large majority of pupils are Roma. The proportion of pupils who have support for SEN and/or disabilities is well above average. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is average. The proportion of pupils joining or leaving the school at other than the usual times is exceptionally high. Children attend Nursery in the morning. Children receive full-time education in Reception. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. There have been significant changes in leadership and staffing since the previous inspection. A new deputy principal was appointed from 1 April 2016 and an inclusion manager from 1 January 2016. From 1 September 2017, a new early years leader, a new special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) and a new literacy leader joined the school. Oasis Academy Fir Vale works closely with Oasis Academy Watermead and has received support from this outstanding school. On 1 January 2018, the principal of Oasis Academy Watermead became the executive principal of the three Sheffield schools organised by the Oasis Academy Trust, including Oasis Academy Fir Vale.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement Pupils’ progress is not consistently good in reading, writing, mathematics and a wide range of subjects because of inconsistencies in the quality of teaching. Assessment of pupils’ work is not used well enough to set work that challenges pupils to make consistently good progress. The quality of questioning varies and is not used consistently well to check pupils’ learning and develop good reading skills. Teachers do not manage the work of their classroom assistants consistently well to strengthen pupils’ learning. Across a range of subjects, there are too few opportunities for pupils to write extensively and show a good understanding of what they are learning. In the early years, adults are not ensuring good progress. They are not using the outdoor area well to ensure that good learning takes place. In subjects other than English and mathematics, subject leaders are not sufficiently skilled in checking pupils’ work and the quality of teaching. Pupils do not listen well enough in class. The behaviour of a small proportion of pupils is not good around the school. The school has the following strengths Senior leaders and governors have established a very effective leadership team. As a result, staff morale is high, and the quality of teaching and pupils’ progress is improving at a good pace. Pupils said that they are safe and enjoy school. Staff and parents and carers agree that children are safe. Pupils joining the school speaking little or no English have a good programme of induction. Leaders have ensured that the curriculum makes a good contribution to pupils’ personal development and welfare. Leaders have made sure that there are high-quality systems in place to safeguard and protect pupils from harm. Parents are highly supportive of this improving school.