Oasis Academy John Williams

Name Oasis Academy John Williams
Website http://www.oasisacademyjohnwilliams.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 29 January 2013
Address Petherton Road, Hengrove, Bristol, BS14 9BU
Phone Number 01275894680
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 852 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.5
Academy Sponsor Oasis Community Learning
Local Authority Bristol, City of
Percentage Free School Meals 23.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.9%
Persisitent Absence 15.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oasis Academy John Williams is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. It has a very small, but growing, sixth form with a focus on the visual and performing arts. The academy serves an urban area of south Bristol and has a specialism in the visual and performing arts. The school does not use alternative places for students to learn away from the academy. Most students are of White British heritage and few speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals or pupils with a parent serving in the armed forces, is well above the national average. The pupils eligible for free school meals represent over half of the students attending the academy. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs who are supported at school action is well above average. The proportion of students supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. Students’ needs include moderate learning difficulties, communication difficulties, and behaviour, emotional and social difficulties. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards for secondary schools, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The academy is a member of the Oasis Community Learning group. The Executive Principal provides support for other academies in the region.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The passion, drive and commitment of the Executive Principal are at the heart of the strong improvement seen in this academy. GCSE results for Year 11 students have improved significantly over the last few years, at a much faster rate than seen nationally. This is particularly the case for English and mathematics. Students eligible for additional funding do very well and get similar examination results to other students. The sixth form is good. Students make good progress in the small range of subjects currently offered, particularly dance. Leadership at all levels is highly effective. It has brought rapid improvement in the quality of teaching and in students’ achievement. Teaching is good. Teachers are committed to improving students’ achievement and give freely of their time to support pupils’ learning. Students’ progress is checked very regularly. Those who are not making the progress they should get help very quickly. Students behave well. Exclusions have greatly reduced and attendance has increased. Excellent systems are used to check the academy’s work so that it improves. Training activities are very well matched to teachers’ needs. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not all teachers provide work that is pitched at the right level for everyone in the class, particularly the most-able students. Some teachers do not give students opportunities to develop their understanding in practical activities. The improvements in the results for a small number of subjects are not as strong as those seen generally across the academy.