Following a two day visit by Ofsted inspectors at the end of January, North Oxfordshire Academy has been judged to be ‘Good’.
This is the second highest rating in the Ofsted framework and is a significant improvement on the ‘Satisfactory’ judgement the academy received when it was last inspected in 2010
Inspectors gave the academy a very positive report in which they highlighted a number of areas of strength including student attainment, the academy’s extracurricular programme and its pastoral and welfare systems. In particular, inspectors praised the quality of teaching at the academy and applauded teachers for their ‘good subject knowledge’, for setting ‘high expectations’ and for sharing ‘enthusiasm for their subjects’.
Inspectors were also impressed by the academy’s Sixth Form and found strong evidence to demonstrate that teaching is improving. The Sixth Formers themselves were said to ‘display mature good manners and act as excellent role models’.
In their report, inspectors highlighted the work the academy is doing to help students develop their reading skills and said that standards of reading in the school are improving.
There was also high praise for students who were said to behave well and show positive attitudes and a desire to learn. The inspectors also noticed how there has been a marked reduction in the number of repeat exclusions. They put this down to the ‘effectiveness of the school’s support systems’.
Sara Billins, Principal of North Oxfordshire Academy, who along with her Senior Leadership Team was said to provide ‘commitment, drive and ambition’, said:
‘We are all thrilled with this report which is a very fair reflection of everything North Oxfordshire Academy has achieved in recent years. I am delighted that the inspectors recognised all the work that is well underway to raise standards further. Whilst we are greatly encouraged by this report, we have our sights set on becoming an “Outstanding” school and we are now focused on doing whatever it takes to achieve this.’
In their report, inspectors were impressed with the level of support provided by both the Local Governing Body and the academy’s sponsor, United Learning.
Andy Buck, Managing Director – Academies at United Learning, said:
‘This is a huge vote of confidence in Sara Billins and her senior leadership team. Anyone visiting North Oxfordshire Academy is struck by the commitment and motivation of the staff who work tirelessly to help students achieve everything of which they are capable. This very strong report demonstrates why North Oxfordshire Academy is one of the most improved schools in the country and why it is fast becoming the first choice of school for parents in this part of Oxfordshire.’