Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill

Name Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill
Website http://www.oasisacademylordshill.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 March 2016
Address Romsey Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 8FA
Phone Number 02380393660
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 608 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.6
Academy Sponsor Oasis Community Learning
Local Authority Southampton
Percentage Free School Meals 27.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 13%
Persisitent Absence 16.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 15.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this academy

The academy is much smaller than the average-sized secondary academy. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported through the pupil premium is almost twice the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free academy meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The large majority of the pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 11. The academy has been undersubscribed and as a consequence a significant number of its pupils join at times other than at the start of Year 7. By the time a cohort reaches Year 11, as many as one in six pupils will have joined in this manner. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities is well above the national average. The academy meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The academy uses one alternative provider, The Compass School, for a very small number of pupils. The academy is sponsored by Oasis Community Learning, part of the Oasis global family.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good academy Under the dynamic leadership of the Principal, the academy is improving rapidly. He provides a strong direction for the academy and is ably assisted by a highly effective senior leadership team. From their starting points, pupils make good progress in their subjects as teachers motivate them to learn and succeed. The curriculum provides a wide range of subjects and activities that make a good contribution to pupils’ personal development and welfare. Middle leaders are now a strength of the academy. They make a significant contribution to the improvements in the quality of education provided. Pupils who need extra support, including those with special educational needs and who speak English as an additional language, make good progress. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment or training. School leaders ensure that safeguarding arrangements are effective. The Academy Council and the Oasis Trust have a clear understanding of the academy’s strengths and areas that need improvement. They provide strong support for the academy leaders but also challenge them to improve the academy further. Pupils behave well around the academy. Most display positive attitudes to learning and clearly want to do well. It is not yet an outstanding academy because : The leadership of pupils’ literacy development is not leading to strong promotion of better writing and speaking skills in some subjects. A small number of pupils do not attend regularly enough. The more able, although making good progress, are not routinely challenged to reach the highest standards they are capable of.