"Learning is outstanding because of the high degree of consistently good teaching and assessment, and the relentless focus on language acquisition, which result in strong progress by all groups of pupils."
Inspectors have judged Oasis Academy Watermead as ‘Outstanding’, their highest rating. The academy is only the third school in Sheffield to receive the accolade in the last two and half years. The effectiveness of leadership, the quality of teaching and learning, the children’s personal development and behaviour, and pupil outcomes are all ‘Outstanding’, while early years provision is rated as ‘Good.’
In the wide-reaching report, Ofsted noted that:
- ‘The principal’s vision, inspiration and determination have rapidly established a new school that is successfully meeting the learning and personal development needs of its diverse and highly mobile pupil population.’
- 'Learning is outstanding because of the high degree of consistently good teaching and assessment, and the relentless focus on language acquisition, which result in strong progress by all groups of pupils.’
- ‘Pupils’ behaviour is excellent and they display care and consideration in their relationships with others. They have adopted the school’s values which contribute strongly to their very positive attitudes to learning. Pupils work hard and concentrate well.’
The report focuses on the care that the academy provides to support every child, regardless of background or starting-point, to make excellent progress.
Ofsted praise the school leadership for their work around pupils’ personal development and welfare, encouraging ‘the school’s distinctive philosophy of welcoming people of all backgrounds, especially those in need… As a result, pupils from all backgrounds, including the most vulnerable, develop well and make strong progress in their learning.’
Meanwhile pupils who have special educational needs or disabilities are making as much progress as their classmates thanks to bespoke support from their teachers, and the most able pupils make ‘very good progress.’
Ofsted also commend the Academy’s commitment to developing the pupils’ love of reading. Teachers provide additional activities to inspire reluctant readers, such as a ‘popular annual bedtime reading event when parents, including fathers, come to school in their pyjamas, actively encourages reading at home.’
A full copy of Ofsted's Inspection Report can be viewed and downloaded here.
To see a full list of previous inspections along with our current report, please visit the Ofsted website.