Oasis Academy Short Heath

Name Oasis Academy Short Heath
Website www.oasisacademyshortheath.org/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 October 2014
Address Streetly Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B23 5JP
Phone Number 01213736056
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 460 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.8
Academy Sponsor Oasis Community Learning
Local Authority Birmingham
Percentage Free School Meals 36.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 28.9%
Persisitent Absence 11.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The academy is larger than the average-sized primary school. Oasis Academy Short Heath became an academy school in February 2013, sponsored by the Oasis Community Learning Trust. The governing body is called the Oasis Academy Council and its members are called councillors. The academy has a Nursery, two Reception classes and twelve other classes; there are two classes in each year group. Most children attend the Nursery part-time but a small number of them are full-time. Almost two thirds of the pupils are White British, the remainder coming from a range of ethnic heritages. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is lower than that found in most schools. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is well above average. This is additional government funding provided for children who are looked after by the local authority or known to be eligible for free school meals. The school has a higher than average turnover of pupils starting or leaving at times other than entry into the Early Years Foundation Stage. In particular, a significant number of new pupils entered Year 2 in the last academy year. The academy meets the current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The academy provides a breakfast club and a number of after-school activities.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The academy is led with great skill by the Principal, supported by a strong team of senior managers and enthusiastic new middle managers. Together, they have succeeded in guiding marked improvement in all aspects of teaching and pupils’ achievement. Pupils’ progress has accelerated since the academy was formed and is now good. Their achievement has been particularly notable in their learning of phonics (letters and the sounds they make), and in grammar, punctuation and spelling. Teaching is good and sometimes better throughout the academy, including in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Teachers have good relationships with pupils, and high expectations for their social and academic achievements. Pupils behave well and are enthusiastic, cheerful learners. They are respectful and caring to each other and polite to adults. They have full confidence in the staff to keep them safe. All cultures work happily together in a stimulating and exciting learning environment, which helps to promote a good spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. The academy council and the academy sponsors have played a strong role in the leadership and management of the academy. This has contributed to the significant improvement of teaching and the achievement of pupils in the last eighteen months. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Too few more-able pupils reach higher levels of attainment because their work is not consistently challenging and sometimes is too easy for them.