Oakwood Academy

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About Oakwood Academy

Name Oakwood Academy
Website http://www.oakwoodacademy.co.uk
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Principal Mrs Lisa Southwood
Address Chatsworth Road, Ellesmere Park, Eccles, M30 9DY
Phone Number 01619212880
Phase Academy (special)
Type Academy special converter
Age Range 9-19
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 326
Local Authority Salford
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Oakwood Academy continues to be an outstanding school.

The headteacher of this school is Lisa Southwood. This school is part of the Kings Academy Trust, which means other people in the trust also have responsibility for running the school.

The trust is run by the chief executive officer (CEO), Amanda Nicholson, and overseen by a board of trustees, chaired by Laurence Cooper.

What is it like to attend this school?

Oakwood Academy is an exceptionally nurturing community. All pupils have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

They are expertly guided to overcome their barriers to learning. Pupils love coming to school and are happy here. They embrace t...he many opportunities within school.

Pupils flourish academically, personally and socially.

The ambitious curriculum encompasses a broad range of subjects and inspires pupils to develop their unique talents and interests. The school holds very high expectations of pupils' achievement, including those in the specially resourced provision for pupils with SEND (specially resourced provision).

Pupils learn well across the curriculum. They receive a well-rounded education that prepares them exceptionally well for their future lives. For example, students in the sixth form develop their communication and social skills while selling goods in the school's community shop.

The school fosters highly positive relationships with pupils. Staff care for pupils deeply. Pupils are kind to each other and demonstrate remarkable behaviour during lessons.

They have commendable attitudes towards their learning.

The curriculum is enriched through an array of clubs and activities, including sports, crafts, music and computing, creating a vibrant school life. The school organises a range of trips and visits to theatres, museums and outdoor education centres that are closely linked to subject curriculums.

Pupils enjoy participating in subject competitions and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. These activities help to build their confidence, independence and resilience.

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

The school, together with the local governing body and the trust, has crafted a highly ambitious and stimulating curriculum.

The curriculum is adeptly tailored to meet the individual needs of pupils, incorporating important information from their education, health and care plans (EHC plan). Pupils follow bespoke pathways that help to improve their speech, language and communication needs. At key stage 4 and in the sixth form, pupils study a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications.

They achieve highly.

Subject curriculums are carefully designed. They set out clearly the knowledge that pupils should learn.

Pupils are taught topics in a logical order. Teachers use their expert subject knowledge to revisit prior learning. This helps pupils to build their understanding in many subjects.

The school makes sure that pupils in the specially resourced provision receive the specialist support that they need.

Teachers use assessment strategies effectively to gauge pupils' understanding and to identify any misconceptions that they may have. Pupils make substantial gains in their knowledge over their time at the school.

The school promotes a love of reading. Pupils who are in the early stages of learning to read, or who are developing their pre-reading skills, receive highly effective support from skilled staff. This continues for as long as required.

This helps these pupils to catch up quickly. Pupils benefit from frequent and structured opportunities to develop fluency and confidence in their reading. They are exposed to a rich and diverse range of literature.

Pupils quickly gain a sense of belonging and stability as a result of the encouragement and support provided by a dedicated and well-trained team of education and therapy staff. This fosters a positive learning environment where pupils exhibit high levels of enjoyment and interest in their work.

There is a harmonious atmosphere in school.

Pupils are highly respectful and caring towards others. They move calmly around the school during lesson changeovers and settle quickly into their lessons. The school employs a variety of effective strategies that support pupils to attend regularly.

The school prioritises pupils' personal development. Pupils have a strong voice. Staff listen to their aspirations, concerns and wishes.

Pupils enjoy participating in the school council. They learn about important topics, such as democracy and finance. Pupils receive age-appropriate relationships and sex education and health education.

The school has a proactive stance on mental health. For example, in the sixth form, students have mindfulness and yoga sessions. Pupils find out about other faiths and cultures, equality and diversity.

This prepares them well for life in modern Britain.

Pupils receive high-quality and impartial careers guidance. They benefit from opportunities to participate in extensive work-related learning experiences.

Almost all pupils successfully move on to education, employment or training, including apprenticeships.Staff well-being and morale are high. They are proud to work at the school.

Staff spoke very positively of the efforts that the school makes to help them to manage their workload. For example, the school provides staff with sufficient time and training during periods of change.

The local governing body and the trust demonstrate highly effective and unwavering commitment to the school's success.

They have a very secure understanding of the school and use their diverse skills to provide exceptional support and challenge.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.


When we have judged a school to be outstanding, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains outstanding.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be outstanding in November 2017.

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