Ocker Hill Academy

Name Ocker Hill Academy
Website http://www.ockerhillacademy.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 12 February 2013
Address Gospel Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 0DS
Phone Number 01215560445
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 255 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.5
Academy Sponsor Ocker Hill Academy Trust
Local Authority Sandwell
Percentage Free School Meals 23.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9%
Persisitent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The inspectors observed the teaching in all classes. They visited 19 lessons taught by eight teachers. School leaders joined inspectors for some of these visits and inspectors observed them reporting back to teachers on the quality of learning seen. Inspectors held discussions with pupils, the headteacher, teachers and the Chair of the Governing Body. The lead inspector met with a representative of the local authority. The inspectors looked at a range of evidence, including records of pupils’ progress, safeguarding documentation, behaviour logs and the results of the school’s checks on the quality of teaching. They also examined the work in pupils’ books. The views of 16 parents were analysed through the Parent View website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Achievement across the school is outstanding and pupils are very well prepared for secondary school. Pupils make excellent progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Outstanding teaching stretches all pupils so that they make quick gains in their learning. The behaviour of pupils in class and around the school is exemplary. They feel extremely safe in school. Relationships in lessons are very positive. The headteacher and other leaders aim high and as a result no pupil is disadvantaged or left behind. Leaders have a very accurate picture of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. The frequent checks on the quality of teaching are robust. Plans and staff training to make the school better are highly successful. Leaders have sustained pupils’ rapid progress over several years. The school has an excellent capacity to improve further. The governing body provides outstanding challenge and support and makes sure that that the school meets all legal requirements. Leaders have yet to provide a regular summary of pupils’ progress in each subject so that other staff and governors have a timely view of achievement across the school.