Oasis Academy Foundry

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About Oasis Academy Foundry

Name Oasis Academy Foundry
Ofsted Inspections
Principal Mrs Asima Ravat
Address Foundry Road, Birmingham, B18 4LP
Phone Number 01212508850
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 219
Local Authority Birmingham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Staff and children are justifiably proud of this wonderful school. They belong to a caring community where diversity is valued.

Everyone demonstrates the '9 habits' values, including patience and compassion. This is visible in the positive relationships between pupils. They do not accept any form of discrimination.

From Nursery upwards, pupils know the importance of excellent behaviour. They always meet these high expectations, helped by the shared language used by all staff. They enjoy spending time together and help each other to be successful.

Older pupils take on responsibilities. For example, they can act as reading mentors or pupil mediators, helping yo...unger pupils with their learning and at social times.

Pupils enjoy learning.

They like how similar approaches are used by all teachers, as this makes learning easier. They each have an electronic tablet, which is used in many lessons and for homework. Pupils make impressive progress during their time at Foundry.

Pupils appreciate the many trips and experiences they have. These are carefully planned to support their learning across the curriculum. For example, pupils have visited several places of worship as part of their religious education lessons.

Parents and carers know that leaders genuinely care for them and their children. They value the excellent support they receive.

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

Trust leaders have ensured that there is a meticulously sequenced and highly ambitious curriculum for every subject.

The development of cross-curricular skills is impressive. Leaders have also ensured that pupils see themselves and their communities represented in the topics covered, the books pupils read and the visitors they meet.

Teachers are confident in delivering the curriculum and adapt it well for individual pupils.

They use their expert subject knowledge to help pupils understand their learning. Their explanations of new ideas are clear. Teachers check pupils' understanding regularly.

If they notice any small gaps appearing, they act quickly to address them. Pupils produce first-rate work and make excellent progress. The weaker outcomes of the 2022 national curriculum tests reflected the impact of the pandemic on the learning of some pupils.

Developing pupils' wide vocabulary is a school priority. This is a feature often seen in lessons, including the many opportunities for 'partner talk'. Pupils also enjoy using new words in their own writing.

Those pupils new to the country make impressive progress in learning English. In early years, staff introduce children to a variety of new words. The development of language and communication is built into all learning activities.

However, sometimes, these opportunities do not enable children to practise using their vocabulary and skills in sustained talk. Many do not share much detail verbally during their learning.

Pupils use their electronic tablets with ease and enjoyment.

They explain how the devices help their learning. Strong routines mean that they switch from paper to tablet in a matter of seconds. This technology is used skilfully to enhance pupils' learning.

Some digital resources provide pupils with personalised learning, such as in mathematics and reading. Pupils learn skills that will help them to succeed in the future, including how to navigate websites for research.

The importance of reading and enjoying books is visible everywhere.

Everyone knows that learning to read and becoming a confident reader is vital to future success. Pupils start to learn specific sounds in Nursery. Staff are well trained in the chosen phonics programme, which helps pupils to quickly learn to read.

Any pupils who are not yet secure readers receive prompt, highly effective intervention. Teachers continue to maintain a high focus on reading development and enjoyment for all pupils until they leave the school.

The inclusive work of the school is commendable.

Many pupils arrive with little spoken English. Leaders ensure that every pupil, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), receives the support that they need. Staff know how to identify any potential needs a pupil may have, and leaders carefully assess the best way to support them.

Teachers are skilled at adapting the learning to match each pupil's needs. Pupils with SEND achieve strong outcomes.

Personal development runs through all aspects of school life.

Pupils learn to become caring, active citizens. The student council meets with leaders to share ideas for improvement. Pupils get to meet people from different occupations as part of building their future aspirations.

Older pupils talked about how well prepared they are for moving to secondary school.

Leaders look after staff as well as pupils. They are considerate of staff workload and ensure that all have access to quality professional development.

Trust leaders ensure that there is a culture of supportive challenge at all levels. This has contributed to the successful improvements made at Foundry.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders prioritise safeguarding. They carry out rigorous checks on all adults who work with children. Staff receive frequent, high-quality training and know what signs to look for that a child may be at risk.

They pass on concerns immediately. Leaders take prompt action in response. They are persistent in ensuring that pupils and families receive the support they need from external agencies.

Pupils learn about staying safe online and in real life. Leaders have made sure that this includes any local safety concerns pupils may face. Pupils know which adults they can talk to if they have any worries.

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