Ofsted February 2017
During our Ofsted inspection in February 2017, the school has been graded ‘Requires improvement’ overall but received ‘Good’ in two out of the five categories; for OSA’s Sixth Form (16-19 study programmes) and the personal development, behaviour and welfare of students.
The inspectors recognised that the school has recently gone through a significant period of change. A number of new senior and middle leaders have been recruited, including new experienced Governors, and a series of progressive and robust policies and procedures have been adopted. The report highlights the positive impact that these adjustments are already having, however, the timing of the visit came as many of these changes are in their infancy, and this affected the school’s overall grade.
The inspection team was complimentary of several aspects of the school. The inspectors emphasised the strength of the Sixth Form; high aspirations, improving outcomes and students receiving clear advice on how to achieve higher grades. Sixth Formers were considered to be confident, professional and positive role models for their younger peers.
Similarly, they commended the way the school manages students’ personal development and welfare. Staff foster good working relationships with students, balancing the needs of the majority while also supporting the most vulnerable. The inspection team also found that behaviour is good and students feel safe.
Hertfordshire County Council has recently approached OSA to offer additional Year 7 places to ensure sufficient capacity across the area to meet local demand for September 2017. OSA is also in dialogue with the Local Authority about possible future permanent expansion. The school would like to reassure all current and future parents / carers of OSA’s commitment to school improvement and the well-being of all their students. The school will be working closely with the Local Authority on plans for any necessary additional accommodation required to facilitate additional places.