Southcourt school’s hat-trick of good Ofsteds

Oak Green School in Aylesbury celebrate recieving a Good Ofsted report
Oak Green School in Aylesbury celebrate recieving a Good Ofsted report

A primary school in one of the most deprived estates in the county has received a ‘good’ rating for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors.

Oak Green School in Southcourt is larger than the average primary school with 450 pupils.

Half of pupils use English as an additional language, and there is a larger than average number of pupils who have free school meals.

Head teacher Elaine Barry said: “I am really pleased that Ofsted has acknowledged that our children consistently make good progress and sometimes make outstanding progress, and that is down to our excellent and committed teachers.”

Mrs Barry said the local authority had advised her Southcourt is the most deprived area in Buckinghamshire and she said that everyone in the school, pupils, teachers, parents and governors were committed to supporting one another.

The Ofsted report highlighted the strong leadership and quality of teaching in the school, the good behaviour of the pupils and the progress of all the children including those with special needs. The report said in some lessons the children make exceptional progress and teaching assistants are used well.

Mrs Barry said the school tried to widen the children’s horizons by taking them out of the school environment to enrich their education.

To this end they have enjoyed trips to Southend on Sea where some pupils saw the sea and enjoyed walking along the sand for the first time in their lives. They have also learned about the Victorians by visiting a local house and when they studied the Aztecs and learnt that they grew cocoa beans and made chocolate, the children went to Cadbury’s World.

Mrs Barry said: “I am so excited and very proud.

“Each year Ofsted changes its criteria and raise the bar further, so a ‘good’ now is even better than the ‘good’ we received three years ago in July 2010.”