Ofsted: A GOOD School

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Ofsted Inspectors find that Dashwood is a GOOD school

Read the Letter from Ofsted here.

Over the last few years, the staff and pupils have worked tirelessly to improve and develop the school into the wonderful learning space it is today. This year, we have built a community that supports every aspect of life for a pupil and not just the education whilst in school. We are delighted to announce that following a short inspection on 20th February 2018, we continue to remain a GOOD school despite the raise in expectations that have occurred over the last few years.

As the school was inspected under a new one day system, a letter is produced outlining our key strengths and areas of improvement. We are so proud of the letter and feel it reflects all the hard work we have put in to raise expectations, work with the community and provide our pupils with an excellent standard of education. The letter demonstrates how the teaching and learning enables pupils to make good progress from their starting points, which is reflected in the excellent results the pupils achieve in their end of Key Stage assessments. Our areas of improvement were things, we as a school, had already identified and have started to work on. Pupils are really enjoying our new ‘challenge led’ curriculum which encourages curiosity and creativity in all subjects. 

We are full of pride that the inspector saw Dashwood for the amazing place it is. They stated:

'The school is led with energy, commitment and enthusiasm.'

'Staff know pupils and their families well and provide high levels of care. Relationships are warm and supportive.'

'The school’s work to keep pupils safe is exemplary. A strong safeguarding culture permeates the school and leaders, rightly, give safeguarding their highest priority.'

Pupils and parents shared that they are overwhelming happy with the school. They love the opportunities given to pupils to build on their life experiences and try new and exciting things. The letter states that:

'Pupils wear their uniform with pride and are pleased to help around the school by taking on responsibilities such as being a prefect. They enthuse about the many opportunities they have to take part in extra activities such as clubs and visits.'

'Pupils said that they feel safe at school and value the care of staff at the school. As one pupil commented, ‘If you are worried about something, you can always turn to a teacher.’ 

Parents say: 'I can’t fault the school, it’s great.'

You can read the full letter on the Ofsted website: Ofsted Inspection Report 20 February 2018  This letter illustrates that Dashwood Banbury Academy really is ‘Growing together; succeeding together' and is well placed to become even better as it expands.