King's Oak rated Good by Ofsted again

May 01 2018

THE expansion of King’s Oak Academy in Kingswood to include a primary phase has been given the thumbs-up by Ofsted.

A team from the education watchdog visited the school, which now has 845 pupils aged four to seven and 11 to 16, and judged it to remain Good in all areas.

The inspectors were impressed with the improvements since the arrival of the principal, Richard Clutterbuck in 2016, and said these had led to a steady, long-term rise in the quality of education across the school.

They described the primary phase, known as the Acorn, which is now in its third year, as thriving, commenting that staff had high expectations and leadership was strong.

Ofsted noted that the standards of behaviour in the school had improved significantly over the last few years and said that safeguarding systems throughout the school were strong.

"The vast majority of pupils move around the school sensibly and treat each other with warmth and good humour," the report said. “Pupils’ attitudes to work are generally positive. They are punctual to lessons and come to school expecting to work."

To improve further, Ofsted said the school should focus on raising levels of attendance and redoubling efforts to tackle persistent absence; improve communication with parents; and ensure that all teachers had consistently high expectations.

The support and challenge given to the school's leaders by the academy council and the Cabot Learning Federation were highlighted.

Mr Clutterbuck said: “I am really pleased and proud that King's Oak Academy is rated as a ‘Good’ Ofsted graded school, particularly under this framework which has raised the bar from the 2013 inspection. Reflecting on King's Oak and its place in the community, this is also good news for Kingswood and South Gloucestershire."