Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ofsted - Press Release

Ofsted confirms Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy’s Continued Success

Students and staff at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy (OSCA) in Tividale are celebrating today after Ofsted has once again rated the academy “Good”, recognising its continued success.

The inspectors described how the academy’s leadership team has “maintained the good quality education in the academy since the last inspection”. They also praised Executive Principal, Marie McMahon for leading the academy “well”, supported “effectively by other senior and middle leaders”.

The glowing report, which followed a one-day inspection carried out in May, noted that the strong leadership team has “created an inclusive and purposeful environment” at the academy, describing OSCA as “a welcoming school”.

Inspectors also highlighted the academy’s positive culture that “encourages calm and orderly conduct and is aspirational” for all students. They noted that as a result, students “enjoy their education” and staff “are proud” of the academy.

Ofsted also noted that students spoke 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 letter also stated that teaching and learning continues to improve at the academy with “high expectations, impressive teacher knowledge and effective questioning” used to challenge students. Inspectors described teaching as “strong” in most subjects, with the great majority of students now “making effective progress” as a result.

The academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) was previously rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in April 2015. The latest inspection one again confirms the success of the academy, which continues to be on a strong upward trajectory.

This excellent report follows the academy’s great success in last year’s GCSE results with students achieving the best results in the academy’s history. 57% of OSCA students achieved a Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths, despite it being the first year of the new, tougher exams.
The report highlights a number of other key areas:

• The Principal is 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”.
• Strategies for raising achievement for girls have been incorporated into the science curriculum and “girls’ science clubs are proving popular” with students. 
Marie McMahon, Principal of Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, said:

“I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised all the excellent work going on here at OSCA, and that this ‘health check’ has confirmed that we are well on our way to “Outstanding”. There are many comments I am delighted with, but to hear an Ofsted inspector say that OSCA is ‘a special place’ was quite simply one of the proudest moments of my career.”

Nick Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:
“We are so pleased that the continued excellence and high quality of education at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy has been confirmed by Ofsted. We look forward to continuing to support the academy as it pushes to achieve even greater heights.”