Ofsted last inspected Oasis Academy Blakenhale Infants on the 11th and 12th October 2022.
The academy continued to be 'good' in all areas. The main findings of this inspection found that:
- Oasis Academy Blakenhale Infants is a large school with a caring ethos. Pupils enjoy coming to the school because leaders and staff have created a safe, pleasant and stimulating environment for them.
- The school motto, ‘healthy bodies, healthy minds, promising future’, reflects leaders’ high expectations for all the pupils at the school. Leaders and staff have designed a curriculum that supports pupils’ personal and academic development well. From Nursery to the end of Year 2, pupils develop their skills, knowledge and interest in learning. They leave the school well prepared for key stage 2.
- Pupils behave well in lessons and during breaks and lunchtime. Relationships between pupils and staff are harmonious. Pupils say that bullying does not happen at the school. Staff encourage pupils to be kind to each other. They are prompt to deal with issues when they arise.
- The school has close links with the local community. Leaders encourage parents and carers to get involved in their children’s education. The school’s community hub provides a range of services to parents and the wider community. Parents value this.
- Leaders and staff have planned a well-structured programme of learning for children from Nursery to the end of Year 2. In the Nursery and Reception classes, children become gradually familiar with the routines of formal learning. In Nursery, children learn to socialise and to start to make sense of the world around them. Teachers have created an effective programme of personal and social development in Reception. Teachers also plan activities that prepare children well for the key stage 1 curriculum.
- Teachers make sure that pupils retain what they learn and apply their learning to make further progress. For example, geography lessons start with questions about previous learning. Year 2 pupils revisit Year 1 topics in greater breadth and depth. In mathematics, pupils develop their knowledge step-by-step with frequent revision of key concepts. Teachers help pupils to practise what they have learned.
- Leaders and staff are attentive to the needs of every pupil in the school. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive effective support. The special educational needs coordinator makes sure that staff have accurate information to support pupils’ needs. Teachers adapt activities for pupils with SEND. Staff make sure that pupils with SEND can access the full curriculum.
- The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. All members of staff attend training sessions to update their knowledge and raise their awareness of the risks to pupils. Staff are confident to identify and report concerns. Leaders have effective systems in place to follow up any concerns they might have. They support families and work well with external agencies when pupils are at risk of harm.
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