Europa School UK

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About Europa School UK

Name Europa School UK
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Lynn Wood
Address Thame Lane, Culham, Abingdon, OX14 3DZ
Phone Number 01235524060
Phase Academy
Type Free schools
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1072
Local Authority Oxfordshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils at this school are supported to become resilient, considerate and articulate individuals.

The school has exceptionally high expectations for pupils' outcomes, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). This leads to pupils achieving highly across the curriculum, including at the end of key stage assessments.

The school bases its rich and ambitious curriculum on the International Baccalaureate.

This curriculum provides pupils with a multicultural perspective of the world. They learn to become international and global-minded citizens. The unique approach to teaching languages from the early years is impressive. leads to pupils developing multilingual skills, resilience and a keen interest in the wider world.

Pupils are proud to attend the school. They thrive in the caring and nurturing school community.

They say that this school is a safe place. Routines and high expectations for behaviour start from the early years and exist throughout. Pupils are respectful and courteous and display excellent manners.

Pupils are completely immersed in their learning. They develop high levels of confidence and are extremely well prepared for their next phases of education. Precise career guidance, alongside rich opportunities in enterprise activities and competitions, helps them to be aspirational for their futures and develop a comprehensive understanding of the world of work.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has designed and implemented a broad, rich and very ambitious curriculum. It deepens pupils' knowledge and understanding highly effectively across a breadth of areas. Key concepts are sequenced and taught in a logical order.

Staff understand the precise knowledge and skills that pupils should know and remember in every subject. This enables pupils to produce high-quality work across the curriculum. Teachers deliver lessons with notable expertise.

They revisit pupils' previous learning, which helps build connections and deepen their understanding.

Teachers have excellent subject knowledge that enables them to make skilled decisions in the way they teach new learning. Through careful and bespoke adaptations, the school makes sure that pupils with SEND learn the same curriculum as their peers.

As a result, pupils with SEND achieve highly too.

In early years, learning activities are carefully planned to support children's development. Children's time is divided so half of their learning is in English and the other half in a second language.

This leads to children developing fluent language skills and knowledge across all areas of learning. Adults are expert at delivering the learning this way and check children's knowledge very thoroughly. They use this information to plan their next steps and address gaps in learning swiftly.

Children are fully immersed in learning languages and demonstrate exceptional levels of engagement. They sustain long periods of concentration and interest in the activities available.

Reading is prioritised and carefully planned across the curriculum.

The teaching of phonics is clear and systematic and matches pupils' needs. Pupils practise their phonics by reading books that contain sounds that they know. Staff identify any pupils who are falling behind and provide support.

However, at times, this is not as precise as it could be meaning some pupils are not learning to read as quickly as they could.

Sixth-form students demonstrate exceptional attitudes towards their learning. They follow the International Baccalaureate diploma programme.

Teachers ensure that all students are expertly supported to help them learn and achieve highly. Attendance, punctuality and engagement in the sixth form are excellent, mirroring the high standards across the rest of the school. All students are expected to engage in a wide range of studies that extend beyond the taught curriculum.

These programmes support students' personal development and deepen their knowledge across a range of subjects. Students develop their presentation and interpersonal skills through a range of extended projects. They also contribute to the wider community.

Students learn how to work independently and produce very high-quality work.

Personal development is delivered through personal and cultural development lessons. This prepares pupils exceptionally well for life in modern Britain.

Pupils learn about topics, including healthy relationships and consent. Pupils, and students in the sixth form, have many opportunities to take on leadership positions and work with school leaders to make changes to the school. Examples of these involve being part of the school council or being eco-leaders, working with the school's sustainability committee to drive environmental change.

These responsibilities help pupils to feel valued and to see their impact on the school community.

School leaders, staff and trustees are determined to make the school the best it can be for all pupils. They explore ways the school can help pupils to do even better.

As a result, staff are provided with high-quality training. Staff are supported well with their well-being and workload. Trustees have a clear oversight of the school.

They recognise there have been some challenges linked to the maintenance of the school environment. Leaders are taking relevant action to address this.

The school provides a wealth of well-considered opportunities.

They help pupils to develop their talents and interests. These include sports and arts clubs and external events. Pupils experience a rich, well-rounded and broad education, going beyond learning in the classroom.

Pupils are familiar with different faiths, cultures and beliefs and show great respect. The school ensures that there are no barriers to pupils acquiring wider experiences through what the school offers.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The support that some pupils who are at the earliest stages of learning to read receive is not yet as precise as it could be. This means that these pupils do not overcome gaps in their phonics knowledge as quickly as they could. The school should continue to ensure that staff know how to precisely support pupils who find learning to read more difficult.

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