Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ofsted - Letter to Parents

June 2018

Dear Parents / Carers

It is with enormous pleasure that I write to share the fantastic news that our academy has once again been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

This fantastic news follows a one-day Ofsted inspection, which as you know took place in mid-May.

I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised all the excellent work going on here at OSCA and what a ‘special place’ the academy truly is (yes, they actually used that phrase!).

The inspectors noted how we have maintained “the good quality education” and continued to drive improvement across the academy, since our last inspection in April 2015.

The report also recognised the academy’s strong roots in community and how we work hard to make students and the wider community feel part of everything we do – as one student described it to the inspectors, we are truly “one big family”.

We could not have achieved this without your support and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, your fantastic children and our dedicated staff for their hard work and commitment, which has helped to make OSCA such an amazing place to learn, work and succeed.

The report highlights many key strengths of our academy. Some areas that make us very proud include:

  • The inspectors were impressed with the “inclusive and purposeful environment” at the academy and described OSCA as “a welcoming school”. 
  • The positive culture that “encourages calm and orderly conduct and is aspirational” for all students.
  • Students “enjoy their education” and “staff are proud” of the academy.
  • Students speak positively about the “strong sense of community” at the academy and “the support they receive from teachers”, with a Year 8 student describing life at OSCA as being part of “one big family.”
  • The academy’s leaders are committed to raising standards by “securing high-quality teaching and learning”.
  • The academy has a strong culture of safeguarding with “leaders and staff ensuring students’ safety and welfare” and the curriculum includes “regular teaching on how to stay safe, including from potential dangers that can arise when using the internet and social-media platforms”.
  • Progress board members and governors are “committed to the school” and “have a sound understanding of issues and concerns, and challenge and support leaders effectively”.

A full copy of the letter from Ofsted will be made available through the academy website here.

I am extremely proud of everything that we have been able to achieve here at OSCA and, with your help, as always. I look forward to the academy continuing on its strong upward trajectory, as we work towards becoming an “Outstanding” academy. We pledge to continue to help all our students fulfil their potential and to inspire the wider community.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

With very best wishes

Marie McMahon
Principal