Following a one day visit by Ofsted inspectors in March, North Oxfordshire Academy has been judged to be ‘Good’. The short inspection was the first time inspectors had visited the academy since it was judged ‘Good’ in 2013.
During their visit, inspectors found strong evidence to demonstrate that the school has made significant progress since the last inspection. In their report, the inspectors praised the improvements in teaching and learning which are leading to better pupil attainment as demonstrated by last year’s strong GCSE results. Crediting teachers with these improvements, inspectors said that ‘engaging lessons’ and a ‘focus on supporting [students’] individual needs’ are leading to improved academic achievement. Teachers were also praised for the ‘positive ethos’ which exists throughout the school and for ‘encouraging pupils to be ambitious about their academic achievement’.
Other areas highlighted by the inspectors were:
- Improved attendance;
- The academy’s ‘strong culture of safeguarding’;
- The academy’s ‘valuable culture of reading’ which means pupils ‘are enthused by reading’;
- The Sixth Form curriculum which has been adjusted to ensure it ‘matches the profile of the students and reflects the needs of the local community’.
Sara Billins, Principal of North Oxfordshire Academy, who along with her Senior Leadership Team and governors was said to ‘ensure the school remains at the heart of the community’, said:
‘We are all delighted with this report which recognises the fantastic work underway at the academy. Providing our students with an excellent standard of education remains our priority and it is heartening that the inspectors have said that the work we are doing to improve student attainment is bearing fruit. This report is testament to our hard-working and committed staff who always go the extra mile to ensure each and every student achieves their full potential. Spurred on by this report, we will continue to drive standards and become the “Outstanding” school we know we can be.’