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Ofsted praise Oasis Academy Arena after dramatic improvements

Ofsted praise Oasis Academy Arena after dramatic improvements
Daniel Marsh

Impressed by changes implemented across a Croydon secondary school during a visit last month, school inspectors have raised Oasis Academy Arena’s Ofsted rating. Students at the Academy told inspectors how much their school has improved in just 18 months, praising teaching and behaviour.

The inspection, carried out at the Academy in November, has led to a new categorisation of ‘Requires Improvement’ with ‘Good’ leadership and management. Furthermore, Ofsted stated that the school was taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement in order for the school to become ‘Good.’

Highlights from the report include:

  • “Key actions taken by leaders since the last inspection around the quality of education have been successful”
  • “Strong and effective inclusion values underpin the school’s work”
  • “Pupils feel welcome and safe, no matter what their background”
  • "Subject experts are helping students to make greater progress"

Pupils explained to inspectors that the Academy is transformed, that behaviour and teaching is improving and that they feel welcome and safe while at school thanks to the Academy’s inclusive values. Parents interviewed and surveyed during the visit echoed the students’ comments, and reported that their children enjoy going to the school.

Inspectors praised the principal Thomas Raymond and his leadership team for driving changes and progress at the Academy. School leaders have improved the quality of education, broadened the curriculum for students and they promote literacy across all subjects.

Thomas Raymond, Principal of Oasis Academy Arena, commented on the report, saying; “We are grateful to Ofsted for their report and feedback on the changes we are implemented at the Academy. We are of course pleased that they have recognised what our school community knows – that Oasis Academy Arena is a school that is rapidly improving and has the plans in place to continue on an upward trajectory.”

“The changes are thanks to our united staff team - we are all dedicated to making the Academy the exceptional school that our students deserve. Our students receive care and support, and they are continually growing in confidence that fuels their development and achievements. Students are proud of their school, and we are proud of them”.

The report also highlighted the effective support for students with additional needs. “The needs of pupils with SEND are well met. The Academy has a centre for pupils with autism spectrum disorder. These pupils are well supported in lessons and get the same curriculum opportunities as other pupils.”

Ofsted are supportive of the plans the school has in place, and the support provided by the trust and regional director.

Louise Lee, Oasis’s Regional Director for London & South East added, “This report is a credit to Mr Raymond and the team for all their hard work over the last eighteen months. We are grateful to our parents and the wider community, who are so supportive of the actions we are taking.”

“They can be assured by this report that we are building strong foundations here, and that we have the plans in place to continue to drive improvement across the Academy.”