|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||02 March 2010|
|Address||Oatlands School, St. Marys Road, Weybridge, Surrey|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||3.4%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||9.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about the school
Oatlands is an average-sized school which is oversubscribed and expanding. Just over three quarters of pupils are of White British heritage, the remainder being from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds. The number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is well below the national average. One in ten pupils are at the early stages of learning English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well below average. Since the last inspection the school has gained the Values Based Education Quality Mark and the Silver ECO Award. The Early Years Foundation Stage provision has two Reception classes. Children join Reception from over 20 pre-school settings.
Oatlands is an outstanding school. It has improved under the very positive leadership of the headteacher. She is enthusiastically supported by her staff and an effective governing body. The school has excellent links with the local community, particularly with a special school, its partner secondary schools and teacher-training universities. The school instils in its pupils a clear sense of values, self-belief and above all, a joy of learning; as two pupils said, ’Being in our class is very special because we can learn and make friends with each other.’ The school’s motto ’Laying foundations for future success’ is seen in all of its work and helps pupils to gain excellent levels of spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. By the end of Year 2, pupils achieve extremely well in their learning because the school has very high expectations of them. Staff work hard to eradicate any differences in the achievement of groups of pupils. Information on pupils’ progress is accurately captured and tracked. More robust analysis by all staff would ensure that all pupils would make accelerated progress. Oatlands has been successful in driving up pupils’ academic performance and sustaining outstanding practice in supporting their personal development. Pupils feel extremely safe and secure and have a mature and very well-developed understanding of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle. The partnership with parents and other agencies is extremely strong and underpins the school’s exceptionally good levels of care, guidance and support. As one parent commented, echoing the views of many, ’This is a fantastic school with a real sense of ’family’ where each child is encouraged to push themselves to make the most of their abilities.’ Through the honest and accurate school self-evaluation, leaders have brought about many improvements. Concerted action, by all staff, has raised pupils’ attainment and developed teachers’ skills. As a result, teaching and learning are good, and in some instances they are outstanding. This has led to a rising trend in attainment over the last three years. Leaders also know that there are examples of good assessment practice, particularly of reading, although the quality across the school is variable. There is a need to develop further teachers’ skills in asking probing questions, and to provide specific targets that enable all pupils to make consistently good or better progress. Behaviour throughout the school is exemplary, with pupils responding positively to the high expectations set. Since the last inspection the school has improved its self-evaluation, accelerated the progress of more able pupils and embedded a vision based on values. The school has excellent capacity to improve and fulfil its ambitious vision for the future.