Oasis Academy Lister Park

Name Oasis Academy Lister Park
Website http://www.oasisacademylisterpark.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 27 February 2019
Address North Avenue, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7ND
Phone Number 01274362050
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1058 (57% boys 43% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.8
Academy Sponsor Oasis Community Learning
Local Authority Bradford
Percentage Free School Meals 27.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 66%
Persisitent Absence 21%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Oasis Academy Lister Park is part of the Oasis Community Learning multi-academy trust. Local governance is provided through an academy council. The school also works closely with other local schools in Bradford and Leeds. The principal was appointed in September 2015 and was in post during the last inspection. The school is an average-sized school with an increasing roll. It also has a sixth form in which the majority of students take vocational qualifications. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and receive support from the pupil premium is well above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well above average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is average. The school has a specialist resource base for pupils with speech and language difficulties. A very small number of pupils currently attend alternative education provision placements off-site, part time. The school uses the following providers: Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) at Bradford Central and School of Rock and Media (SORM).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Under the strong leadership of the principal, Oasis Academy Lister Park has improved rapidly since the last inspection. During a period of considerable change, senior leaders have successfully recruited specialist teachers and subject leaders to drive forward these improvements. Staff communicate a shared ambition to raise pupils’ aspirations. Pupils’ personal development and welfare are of paramount importance. The school is a caring and thoughtful community in which pupils demonstrate compassion for others. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They work very well together, both in and out of lessons. They are polite and keen to improve their work. Pupils in all year groups, including disadvantaged pupils, make similar progress to others nationally, in a wide range of subjects. The trust provides well-targeted professional development for teachers and leaders. Therefore, teaching is now good overall. Governors and trustees are effective in holding leaders to account. They check all aspects of the school’s work stringently. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well supported, so their progress is improving. Pupils who receive additional teaching for speech and language development receive excellent support in lessons and through the specialist provision. Teaching is now good across most subjects. Most teachers plan learning activities effectively, but sometimes work is not challenging enough, particularly for the most able pupils. Students in the sixth form value the wealth of opportunities offered to them. They make very strong progress in vocational courses due to high-quality teaching. Students who follow an academic programme now make better progress than those in previous years. Despite leaders’ best efforts, pupils’ attendance is below average, and the proportion of pupils who are persistently absent is above average. Leaders are ambitious to continue to tackle this robustly. Leaders have taken decisive action to improve the teaching of science and geography where, in previous years, pupils’ progress has been weak. However, pupils’ progress in science remains weaker than in other subjects.