The staff and pupils at Oakhill are celebrating after receiving their best ever Inspection Report. Teaching, governance and leadership were awarded excellent and Oakhill Nursery and Early Years were given outstanding.


Of Oakhill Nursery and Early Years the report says, “the early years provision is outstanding at meeting the needs of the range of children. All members of staff are highly committed to the children in their care. They know them and their families extremely well.”


The inspectors said, “well qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff provide a range of experiences to enhance the youngest children’s progress, particularly in the prime areas of speech, physical and social development. For the older children, practitioners have high expectations. They provide a stimulating range of high quality activities, and employ varied teaching strategies, including well-targeted interventions for those with additional needs, to ensure that children develop their imagination and problem solving skills, become eager learners and progress well.”


The inspectors also said, “the ‘key person’ system and the warm relationships throughout EYFS enable all children to form secure emotional bonds enabling them to explore, learn and develop. They behave extremely well and learn to share. The children are extremely well looked after.”


Oakhill Principal, Mrs Riley, said, “We are absolutely thrilled that Oakhill’s strengths have been recognised. The school has improved from good to excellent or outstanding in four key areas – teaching, Early Years, governance and leadership. Oakhill has always had an excellent reputation for its caring, family environment and the improvement in academic attainment for all of the pupils in our care is a cause for celebration.”


“I am particularly pleased with the fact that the distinct nature of Oakhill was recognised by the Inspection Team. The report states that ‘Focusing upon the needs of pupils as individuals is a hallmark of its ethos.”