Oasis Academy Arena

Name Oasis Academy Arena
Website http://www.oasisacademyarena.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Address Albert Road, South Norwood, London, SE25 4QL
Phone Number 02082406700
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 520 (57.9% boys 42.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.4
Academy Sponsor Oasis Community Learning
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 38.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 22.9%
Persisitent Absence 25.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.7%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (06 November 2019)
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What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils told us that their school has improved in the past 18 months. This includes in teaching and in behaviour. Parents and carers are noticing these changes too. Strong and effective inclusive values underpin the school’s work. Staff apply these values well. They make pupils feel welcome and safe, no matter what their background.

All pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are able to study a full range of subjects throughout Years 7 to 9. The school also makes sure that pupils can choose GCSE subjects which help them with their next steps in education and for life after school. This is an improvement since the school was last inspected.

Teaching staff expect pupils to work hard and behave well. Most pupils are meeting their teachers’ expectations. There is still a small amount of low-level misbehaviour in class, but in the main pupils are willing to work. Pupils are less well behaved at breaktimes and lunchtimes. In particular, a few older pupils do not always conduct themselves well in the corridors. However, pupils and parents said that any bullying is dealt with well by staff.

Leaders have worked effectively with parents to improve pupils’ attendance but too many still do not attend school as regularly as they should. Because of this, overall attendance remains low.

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

Key actions taken by leaders since the last inspection around the quality of education have been successful. A purposeful curriculum and a raft of new teachers, experts in their subjects, mean that pupils are learning more than they did. That said, more remains to be done before all pupils receive a good quality of education.

With the exception of computing, leaders have made sure that pupils experience a broad curriculum. Plans for each subject are clear and detail the knowledge to be taught. In art, pupils learn more complex techniques and ideas as they move through the school. However, in some subjects, teachers do not routinely check pupils’ understanding or help them remember knowledge. Incomplete work suggests remaining gaps in some pupils’ knowledge in subjects including English, science and geography.

Leaders know that deficiencies in pupils’ literacy skills at the start of Year 7 often get in the way of learning. Teachers across the school promote literacy well. They focus on key vocabulary. Where the teaching is effective, they also make sure that pupils understand any new terms that they encounter. In English, pupils read a wide range of literature and have access to a well-stocked library. The school provides extra teaching for pupils who find reading difficult. As a result of all this, pupils’ reading is improving quickly.

The needs of pupils with SEND are well met. The special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) provides useful information for teachers which they include in their planning. The school has a centre for pupils with autism spectrum disorder. These pupils are well supported in lessons and get the same curriculum opportunities as other pupils.

Pupils are fortunate to have access to supportive services, such as counselling. They take part in clubs and activities that help to build their character. The careers programme gives pupils an insight into the world of work. It helps them to understand college life and the courses they can follow. Nevertheless, pupils would benefit from more opportunities to develop their interests, talents and leadership skills. Pupils have some opportunities to gain a wider view of the world but require more to support their development into confident young citizens.

Exclusions have reduced considerably and behaviour in lessons has improved. Pupils say that they are now better able to learn.

Pupils’ attendance remains low. Leaders and staff are working hard with pupils and their families to explain the importance of good attendance. This is having impact, although disadvantaged pupils are still absent more often than their classmates.

The trust has given effective support to the school. It provides leaders with appropriate training. Staff speak positively about the support and training that they receive from leaders and from the trust. Leaders consider the well-being of staff carefully when introducing new ways of working.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have made sure that they make the correct checks on adults before they work in school. Staff receive appropriate safeguarding training. The identification of children needing early help is effective. The school understands its community and the pressures on children and their families. Leaders make sure that pupils get the help that they need. Leaders seek and act on expert advice quickly when it is needed.

Pupils are taught how to protect themselves from the different risks they might face outside school. For example, they know about the dangers of knife crime and protecting themselves from exploitation.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

Although subject leaders have redesigned their curriculum plans, these are not fully implemented across the school. Consequently, pupils are still not achieving good outcomes. Leaders need to ensure that curriculum plans in all subjects are delivered well and in full, so that pupils build up the breadth and depth of knowledge that they need. . Few lessons are disrupted by low-level poor behaviour. However, leaders need to strengthen behaviour management and pupils’ abilities to self-regulate their behaviour, particularly when they are in the corridors during lesson changeover, and at breaktimes and lunchtimes. . Pupils still do not attend school regularly enough, particularly disadvantaged pupils. Leaders need to increase their efforts with these pupils and their families to significantly reduce individuals’ absence and improve the school’s overall attendance figures. . Leaders need to provide pupils with more opportunities to develop their understanding of the wider world, as well as providing greater opportunities to develop their leadership skills.