Retford Oaks Academy

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About Retford Oaks Academy

Name Retford Oaks Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Heather Widdup
Address Babworth Road, Retford, DN22 7NJ
Phone Number 01777861618
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1138
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection


Retford Oaks Academy continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are proud to be part of Retford Oaks Academy. They know that staff will go 'above and beyond' to keep them safe.

Pupils are encouraged to be 'dedicated to their learning' and to work hard and do well during lessons. The school's vision of 'we empower, we respect and we care' is part of pupils' daily life at school. Pupils know and understand that this vision will help them grow in confidence.

They become well-rounded young people.

Bullying is not tolerated at the school. Pupils say that when it happens, staff take it seriously and act swiftly to resolve any issues..../>
Pupils are taught what bullying is and know how to report any concerns. The school's 'STOP' programme has ensured that pupils feel happy at the school. Most parents and carers agree that their children are safe at school.

The behaviour of most pupils is good. Pupils are friendly and polite to each other. In lessons, pupils respond positively to their learning.

Pupils behave well. Teachers deal effectively with any low-level disruption to learning. The majority of pupils enjoy their lessons.

They appreciate the many opportunities that the school offers them, including trips. Pupils say that the school is 'hardworking' in its approach to helping them to develop personally and academically. Students in the sixth form appreciate the effective help and support they receive to prepare them for the next stage of their education, training or employment.

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

Leaders and governors have high ambitions for pupils. They want all pupils to be completely engaged in their learning. Leaders have designed the curriculum carefully.

They think carefully about providing an appropriate curriculum for all pupils. For instance, the school has made links with the NHS. Consequently, pupils and students are given opportunities to access learning that will prepare them for careers in childcare or health and social care.

Subject leaders are refining their curriculum plans so that teachers can deliver a curriculum to ensure that the needs of all pupils are being met. In most subjects, leaders have made sure that new learning builds on what pupils have learned previously and supports what comes next. Pupils enjoy the opportunities to know more about a subject beyond what they learn the classroom.

Pupils interviewed remember fondly their trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to learn about Shakespeare's life. Curriculum implementation is improving in mathematics. This is due to effective support provided by the leaders of the Diverse Academies Trust.

Teachers have good subject knowledge. In most subjects, they question pupils about their learning to check on their understanding as well as to challenge their thinking. In stronger subjects, such as English and science, teachers use the strategy of 'challenge, support and add' effectively.

Pupils learn to give well-considered answers. Leaders are ensuring that support is in place so that this stronger practice is consistent across the school.

The quality of pupils' work shows that most pupils are able to acquire the intended learning.

Pupils understand how assessments help them to know and remember more of what is taught. Most pupils receive work that is well sequenced and builds on their prior learning. However, some pupils are capable of being challenged so that they make links with other aspects of learning in different subjects.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) follow the same curriculum as other pupils. While some pupils with SEND are recalling what they have been taught, the support for others is inconsistent. Some staff do not adapt or modify the curriculum precisely enough so that these pupils can learn as well as their peers.

Leaders are developing the professional development programme for staff with the intention that pupils with SEND consistently receive the effective support they need.

Students in the sixth form are challenged to achieve their full potential. Students say that they are well supported with their studies.

One student summed up the views of many by saying, 'Teachers know you and know how to guide and support you; because of this, you want to be dedicated to your learning.' The proportion of students moving on to university or high-level apprenticeships is increasing.

Pupils say that behaviour is generally good across the school.

Instances of poor behaviour in lessons are challenged appropriately by staff, and the majority of pupils respond positively. Pupils and students in the sixth form say that sometimes, behaviour is less good during break- and lunchtimes. Leaders recognise this.

They, together with staff, are working to improve standards of behaviour so that all pupils know how to self-regulate during unstructured times.

Leaders are proud of the wider development opportunities the school offers. Pupils appreciate the wide range of extra-curricular activities, such as sports clubs, performing arts and charitable challenges.

Pupils say that they welcome these clubs and enjoy attending them. They value the effort staff put into running activities and said that they loved the special 'Reward Day'.

Leaders are mindful of staff workload and well-being.

Staff say that they feel valued and appreciated. One member of staff summed up the views of many in saying, 'It is a wonderful place to work.'


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

There is a strong culture of vigilance at the school. Staff receive high-quality training in safeguarding. They receive regular updates from experienced safeguarding leaders.

Staff report their concerns about pupils. Leaders keep accurate records. They use this information to ensure that pupils get the help that they need.

Leaders act quickly to involve other agencies. They make sure that pupils at risk of harm receive the expert support they need. The school has appropriate procedures in place to manage allegations.

Leaders check the alternative providers that the school uses.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Pupils' behaviour around the school is not always to the same standard as it is during lessons. A few pupils who expressed a view feel that behaviour during social times needs to improve.

Leaders should ensure that all pupils understand the importance of good behaviour, so that they demonstrate the same high levels of self-control in unstructured times, thus actively supporting the well-being of other pupils. ? Leaders are ambitious for pupils with SEND. However, the support these pupils receive across all subjects is inconsistent.

The variability means these a few pupils' needs are not being met, resulting in gaps in their knowledge. Leaders must ensure that all teachers have the knowledge and skills they need to help these pupils to learn the intended curriculum. ? The intent and implementation of the curriculum are not fully effective in every subject.

In a few subjects, pupils are not always provided with activities that can accelerate their learning and deepen their understanding. Leaders should ensure that curriculum plans and the delivery of the curriculum are equally ambitious in all subjects, so that all pupils know and remember more of what is taught.


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

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

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the section 8 inspection a section 5 inspection immediately.

This is the first section 8 inspection since we judged the school to be good in June 2017.

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