Oasis Academy Ryelands

Name Oasis Academy Ryelands
Website http://www.oasisacademyryelands.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Oakley Road, South Norwood, London, SE25 4XG
Phone Number 02086564165
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 428 (54.2% boys 45.8% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 29.2
Academy Sponsor Oasis Community Learning
Local Authority Croydon
Percentage Free School Meals 29.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 27.4%
Persisitent Absence 5.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 April 2017)
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Information about this school

Oasis Academy Ryelands is a larger than average-sized primary school which opened as a member of the Oasis Community Learning Trust in May 2014. A year later, the school moved to newly refurbished premises, and in September 2015 the current principal took up post. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is higher than average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and the proportion of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan are broadly average. The school is a diverse community with a higher than average proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups. The largest groups are White British, Black Caribbean and Black African. Over a third of pupils speak English as an additional language. This is higher than average. The school provides a breakfast club, holiday play scheme and after-school care. The latter two are managed by an external provider. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of pupils in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal has been instrumental, through his decisive and inspirational leadership, in rapidly improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ outcomes. He sets very high expectations for staff and pupils alike. Oasis Community Learning, via the regional director, supports improvement highly effectively by holding leaders to account in an exceptionally thorough and robust manner. The local academy council understands the school’s context well. It provides strong and effective support and challenge. The principal is well supported by his senior and middle leaders. They are united in their desire to gain the best possible outcomes for pupils and increasingly effective in driving the necessary improvements to achieve this. The quality of teaching is typically good and continues to improve. Teachers are keen to develop their skills and feel well supported to do so. New initiatives aimed at promoting thinking and reasoning have proven particularly effective at accelerating progress for the most able pupils. However, those from low and average starting points have not had the support they need to benefit equally. Standards are rising rapidly. In 2016, pupils achieved above the national average in their attainment and progress at the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics in key stage 1, a significant improvement on the previous year. Key stage 2 outcomes also showed substantial improvement. Pupils’ behaviour and personal development are exemplary. They are polite and respectful and show a strong understanding of inclusion and diversity. Children get a good start to school life in the early years because teaching is effective and the phase is well led. Standards continue to rise. Leaders recognise that there is more work to do for lower-ability children to develop their communication skills. Leaders work extremely effectively to engage parents in the life of the school. Meetings and workshops are well attended and parents report that they are given helpful ideas to support their children’s learning at home. Safeguarding is effective. Pupils feel safe and learn how to keep themselves safe. Parents are very positive about this and about the school in general.