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'Special measures' Handsworth school celebrates as it turns itself around

2015-06-01 11:42:43

Oasis AcademyHeadteacher Jessie Kaur at The Oasis Academy Boulton in Handsworth with Year 6 pupils (L-R) Anisha Raja,Wajia Timar,Divyansh Chawdhary,Maymoonah Zanier,Anjan Nayak and Troy Green.

A former failing school in Birmingham is celebrating after pulling itself out of special measures - in just two years.

Known previously as Matthew Boulton Community Primary , Oasis Academy Boulton had been placed in special measures in February 2012 after education watchdog Ofsted branded it “inadequate”.

Over a year later in March 2013, a third monitoring inspection by Ofsted found the Handsworth school was still failing – with high levels of staff absences and angry parents claiming teachers were failing to stop pupils from being bullied by their peers.

A month later, the school was taken over by a chain of academies and was re-branded as the Oasis Academy Boulton – with Jessie Kaur Elbaz parachuted in as the new head.

She faced an uphill battle – with the school’s numbers of disabled and special needs pupils well above average, while attempting to retain staff seemed an impossibility.

But now the school’s hard work has paid off, with its latest Ofsted inspection deeming it ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ early years provision.

Lead Inspector Mel Ford said: “Children get an excellent start to academy life.

“Since the academy opened, rates of progress have improved for all groups of pupils across the school.

“Teachers know their pupils very well and plan work carefully to meet their differing needs.

“Pupils’ behaviour in and around the academy is excellent.

“They care about one another and show this in numerous ways. They are eager to learn and highly attentive in lessons.”

And she praised the work of the school’s teaching assistants, dubbing them a “real strength” of the academy.

She also lavished praise on headteacher Mrs Kaur Elbaz adding: “The principal is bringing about rapid improvements in achievement and teaching.

“She has placed the need to ensure all pupils reach their full potential at the heart of the academy’s work.”

Mrs Kaur Elbaz welcomed the report, adding: “The results of this Ofsted inspection have shown what a powerful combination of high expectations and a belief in each and every child can achieve.

“A first-class education is crucial to a young person so they receive the best possible start in life, and thanks to the hard work of the entire academy team we are now seeing this become a reality in the lives of our pupils.”

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