Ofsted inspectors give vote of confidence to Southampton's Oasis Academy Mayfield

Hampshire Chronicle: Principal John toland and pupils at Oasis Academy Mayfield Principal John toland and pupils at Oasis Academy Mayfield

THEY promised to turn things around, and they haven’t disappointed.

Just 15 months after Southampton’s Oasis Academy Mayfield was given notice to improve in a report from Ofsted, it is literally a completely different place.

Having moved into its new £15m building in February, the school has now been given a vote of confidence by inspectors.

The latest monitoring visit has seen the Ashley Crescent academy rated as “satisfactory”, but with everything in place to continue its rapid improvement.

The report, which praises the drive to boost standards, represents another positive step in Oasis Mayfield’s brief history.

Delighted principal John Toland, whose “excellent leadership” is praised as empowering “staff at all levels to grow and excel with the prime focus of securing students’ achievement”, is proud the effort to transform the academy has been recognised.

He said: “It’s fair to say it’s radically different, and that’s the product of all the work that was going on in the old buildings – it started way back when I arrived here, but it takes that time to come through.

“It’s been a focus and vision that this is a centre of excellence for this community.”

Inspector Paul Scott said in his report he had seen a “clear and concerted shared drive and ambition for improving the academy further”.

He wrote: “The increasing range of opportunities offered, the excellent new buildings, good curriculum and the increased quality of teaching are helping students to engage more with their learning and develop higher aspirations for the future.

“Improving teaching has been the prime focus of the senior leaders, through clear monitoring and support systems. Much is now good, and some outstanding teaching inspires and challenges students to achieve the best they can.

“Students increasingly believe in their own success because of the academy’s positive ethos for success. The behaviour of students has improved significantly over the last few years.”

Mr Toland, who praised the dedication of all staff for working through what he described as “no joyride” since Grove Park and Woolston secondaries were merged in 2008, said achievement is set to continue rising.

Results from early GCSE entries already match last year’s overall figures.

He said: “Students right through the school are making progress at least in line with national averages.

“We’ve got a slightly below national average intake, so moving them to that is value added, but with our history here is showing a massive recovery of all the ground that was lost and then more so. The students know that their aspirations are higher and their ambitions are higher.

“We walked around and (the inspector) said ‘wow’, these kids are energised – they’re engaged and they’re enjoying it.”

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5:11pm Fri 27 Apr 12

RealTalkSouthampton says...

I'm glad this school is moving in the right direction. Southampton needs more of this across the board. please please parents keep asking the right questions and keep pressure on all schools regarding raising standards. Together we can make southampton's future a great future!!!
I'm glad this school is moving in the right direction. Southampton needs more of this across the board. please please parents keep asking the right questions and keep pressure on all schools regarding raising standards. Together we can make southampton's future a great future!!! RealTalkSouthampton
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5:50pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Condor Man says...

I wonder what the local MP makes of this? Oasis has proven both in Mayfield and Lordshill that they have a track record of delivering excellent educational services. Perhaps failing schools should be taken over by them?
I wonder what the local MP makes of this? Oasis has proven both in Mayfield and Lordshill that they have a track record of delivering excellent educational services. Perhaps failing schools should be taken over by them? Condor Man
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8:33am Sat 28 Apr 12

Maine Lobster says...

Condor Man wrote:
I wonder what the local MP makes of this? Oasis has proven both in Mayfield and Lordshill that they have a track record of delivering excellent educational services. Perhaps failing schools should be taken over by them?
Maybe they will offer the running of schools to Balfour Beatty, like they seem to do other services without the appropriate process being followed?
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: I wonder what the local MP makes of this? Oasis has proven both in Mayfield and Lordshill that they have a track record of delivering excellent educational services. Perhaps failing schools should be taken over by them?[/p][/quote]Maybe they will offer the running of schools to Balfour Beatty, like they seem to do other services without the appropriate process being followed? Maine Lobster
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10:35am Sat 28 Apr 12

Condor Man says...

Maine Lobster wrote:
Condor Man wrote:
I wonder what the local MP makes of this? Oasis has proven both in Mayfield and Lordshill that they have a track record of delivering excellent educational services. Perhaps failing schools should be taken over by them?
Maybe they will offer the running of schools to Balfour Beatty, like they seem to do other services without the appropriate process being followed?
what, a FTSE 100 company running services? Surely it must be better than the amatures that run Southampton LEA at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]Maine Lobster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: I wonder what the local MP makes of this? Oasis has proven both in Mayfield and Lordshill that they have a track record of delivering excellent educational services. Perhaps failing schools should be taken over by them?[/p][/quote]Maybe they will offer the running of schools to Balfour Beatty, like they seem to do other services without the appropriate process being followed?[/p][/quote]what, a FTSE 100 company running services? Surely it must be better than the amatures that run Southampton LEA at the moment. Condor Man
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8:53pm Sat 28 Apr 12

Lord Ikea says...

Nice new school but it still has the idiots going to it who find it funny kicking over wheelie bins every Monday morning. A schools reputation is made by its pupils not a building.
Nice new school but it still has the idiots going to it who find it funny kicking over wheelie bins every Monday morning. A schools reputation is made by its pupils not a building. Lord Ikea
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