Date of last inspection - 24 January 2017
The school was awarded a good judgement under the current framework. The Governors are very pleased with the outcome, particularly as Ofsted recognised the improvement in teaching and learning since the last inspection. It is also worth noting that we were the second highest performing state school in Hampshire and Portsmouth by the most testing measures; the EBacc measure. Nationally we were in the top 320 schools from over 4,300. For the September 2017 university entry, we have record numbers (52%) of A Level students holding offers from Russell Group Universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
Ofsted also recognised that “in 2016, a higher than average proportion of Year 11 pupils gained good GCSEs. Almost twice the national average obtained a C grade or better in English, Mathematics, science, humanities and language.”
We are very pleased that the Inspectors acknowledged that “staff know how to keep pupils safe”. They also recognised that staff go “above and beyond to support pupils academically and socially”. In the Sixth Form, students “recognise the increased level of challenge” and leaders, “focus most stringently on individuals who fall behind”.
The inspection was carried out under the framework that was introduced in September 2016. With each variation, Ofsted ‘raise the bar’ compared with previous regimes. This makes it difficult to compare this inspection with any other held under the previous framework, or to make comparisons between schools awarded a similar grade description under previous frameworks.
The inspection process did not expose any new issues for the school and the Governing Body. In a school the size and complexity of Oaklands, there is always more to do, and we are getting on with it.
In the meantime, there is a great sense of pride in our school where the results speak for themselves and Ofsted recognised that we live our mission which includes the principle “no one gets left behind”.
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Section 48 Inspection