OFSTED "Good" Ground Breaker for Oldham Academy

THE Oldham Academy North, an E-ACT Academy situated in Royton, has been judged "good" by OFSTED.

Two years on from their previous inspection and the differences and improvements across the school have been described as "a sweeping change." The report states:

"The dynamic leadership of the principal has brought a sweeping change across the school. He has sharpened systems and built a strong team. A firm platform for future success has been laid."

The report also commented on the effectiveness of the senior leadership team, stating that “senior leaders have a secure and accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. Inspectors agreed with senior leaders’ evaluations of teaching and learning.”

The pupil progression was also commented on due to the quality of teaching and learning improving throughout all aspects of the curriculum: “pupils are progressing more rapidly because teaching has improved across the school.

The school is ready to fly.”

The report states that teaching and learning over all is good. OFSTED have described the Visual and Creative Arts department as "exceptional", commenting on how "teachers combine excellent subject knowledge with a very secure understanding of how their pupils learn." 

OFSTED also stated that "these teachers are confident, adaptable and have high expectations of what their pupils can achieve. They inspire pupils to excel."

Safeguarding and the pastoral care was also rated “good”, stating that the provision provided from the team in this department is "highly effective" stating that "staff empower pupils and remove barriers to their learning, building pupils’ self-esteem and improving outcomes.”

The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare was described as “outstanding.” The Academy’s bespoke Future’s Programme was noted highly, commenting that it is “a specialist curriculum, which enriches pupils’ skills and provides new experiences. All pupils have the opportunity to excel and develop interests and aspirations beyond the classroom.

The welfare and personal development of pupils is taken very seriously by all staff within the school. The school and its leaders are focused on raising aspirations and ensuring pupils embrace all challenges and opportunities that are embedded into each year group to develop and widen pupils’ skills and qualities. This is the main essence of the futures programme.”

One pupil commented to the OFSTED Inspector: ‘The futures programme will give me unique skills that enable me to compete in the job market.’

Additional Needs was also a highly regarded aspect of the Academy, with the needs of students with a special educational need or disability being described as "exceptionally well met."

Along with this result, The Oldham Academy North were also recently awarded with a certificate stating they are in the Top 10% of schools nationally for pupil progress. With all good news, the staff at the Academy are excited for what the future holds. Principal Martin Knowles states: 

"I am absolutely delighted to finally have been given the judgement which we, as a team, have all worked so hard towards achieving.

It is a ground-breaking success for the Academy and I am extremely proud and grateful to all staff, students, parents, carers, E-ACT and the local community for their continued hard work and support. Our journey to Outstanding begins now and we are ready for the next challenge!"

Read the full report here.