Oakwood Primary Academy has made ‘rapid improvements’ since becoming an academy, according to Ofsted chiefs.
In the school’s previous inspection, before being taken over by Aurora Academies Trust, it was found to be making ‘inadequate progress’.
The school’s overall grade is now ‘requiring improvement’, but leadership and management of the school are judged to be ‘good’ and the report states, “Many pupils now make rapid progress across much of the school.”
In 2011 only 38 per cent of pupils left the predecessor school with a level 4 in reading, writing and maths and in the academy’s first year this percentage had almost doubled.
Ofsted also found that parents were overwhelmingly supportive of the school and that they thought behaviour was well-managed.
The growing popularity of the school is reflected in the fact that it will be oversubscribed in September, said a school spokesperson.
Tim McCarthy, chief executive officer of Aurora Academies Trust, said, “Whilst we fully understand that there are still a number of things upon which to improve, it is pleasing to note that Ofsted recognises that the Aurora Academies Trust has been instrumental in bringing about rapid improvements through ‘well-judged appointments to the senior leadership team’ and that we are ‘clear about (our) expectations of the school and of senior leaders’”.
Executive head John Greenwood said, “Oakwood is improving because we now have the highest expectations of our staff and of what children can achieve.
“However, whilst we know that teaching is improving strongly, it is still not consistently good enough and so we will be working closely to ensure that this inconsistency is eradicated.”
Oakwood Primary Academy is now applying for funding to expand and improve its facilities.