It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the Headteacher of Oldbury Academy. I am very proud to have been appointed on a permanent basis from September following my two terms in the role as Acting Headteacher.
I hold a strong belief in the power of education to change children’s lives and the right of every child to receive an excellent education. I am dedicated to building opportunities for students to achieve the highest academic standards, ensuring that they are regarded as individuals in their own right and that their unique personality, talents and interests are nurtured and developed in full. Education at Oldbury Academy is about developing the whole child and providing opportunities for them to flourish within and beyond the classroom.
One of my key objectives for this year is to build upon and improve students’ progress and achievement in examinations. In order to do this there will be a strict implementation of the school’s behaviour policy, with new systems in place to reward those students who get it right and to challenge those students whose behaviour does not meet the highest expectations.
Instilling the values of respect, courtesy, tolerance and cooperation are an important part of our role as educators as we prepare our students for their path into higher education and the world of work.
During my two terms as Acting Headteacher we have already made positive progress, the introduction of and implementation of a number of changes have/will enable students to achieve the highest levels of achievement and attainment. These include a new curriculum, a restructured pastoral arrangement, a new staffing structure, the ways in which we assess, monitor and intervene with students, a new grading structure which follows pupils from the time they join us in Year 7 all the way through to the point at which they leave us; to name but a few. The recruitment of high quality staff has also been a priority and I am pleased to be able to share with you the news that we are fully staffed after an extremely successful recruitment and retention drive.
Improving the quality of our provision and making Oldbury Academy an outstanding school is my ultimate goal. In September 2015, we were inspected by OFSTED and were graded as ‘requiring improvement’; this simply isn’t good enough. On Wednesday the 15th June 2016 we received a monitoring visit by an OFSTED HMI and I’m delighted to share with you the positive outcome of this visit. The full report letter can be found at: www.ofsted.gov.uk
We will continue to build upon this success in the coming months. I very much look forward to meeting with you in the near future and working in partnership with you over the coming years to secure the best possible future for your child/children.
Mr Phillip Shackleton