Sheffield's newest school celebrates positive Ofsted inspection report

Oasis Academy Don Valley principal James Pape
Oasis Academy Don Valley principal James Pape

Pupils, parents and staff at one of Sheffield's newest schools are celebrating after receiving a positive report from Ofsted inspectors.

Oasis Academy Don Valley, in Darnall, has been given a good judgement following a visit from the education watchdog in June.

The all-through school, part of Oasis Community Learning, opened just three years ago on the former site of the Don Valley Stadium.

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Inspectors have praised inclusive ethos created at the school, the rich and engaging curriculum, the good quality teaching and positive relationships between parents, leaders, teachers and support staff.

Principal James Pape said: "We are of course delighted with Oasis Academy Don Valley’s excellent first Ofsted report.

"We are grateful that inspectors have recognised our dedicated staff who, together, have ensured our children have received exceptional teaching and learning from the very start.

“Thank you too to our parents who have been so supportive of the academy and everything that we do to provide the children with the opportunities they need to grow and flourish.

“The future for Oasis Academy Don Valley and our pupils is very bright.

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"There is always more to do, and we look forward to welcoming our first secondary school students this September.”

In the report, inspectors said teaching and learning is a strength of the school and despite many pupils joining the academy with skills below those typical of their age, they make 'very strong progress' so that by the end of their reception year most are reaching or exceeding development above the national average.

It also said that Mr Pape, and senior leaders, along with the Academy Council, have established the schools' values and ethos with a commitment to serve all pupils, regardless of background or starting point.

Oasis Community Learning regional director for the north-east, Lynne Goodhand, said: “This is an immensely positive first Ofsted report which exemplifies how every child is valued and encouraged to achieve their very best at Oasis Academy Don Valley.

"The dedicated staff team, in partnership with parents have ensured that the Oasis vision of exceptional education in the heart of the community is being realised.

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"The wider Oasis family is very proud of what is being achieved at Oasis Academy Don Valley."

To further improve the school must strengthen the effectiveness of leadership and management and of teaching, learning and assessment in order to improve pupils’ achievement.