I would like to offer you a warm welcome to Oldbury Academy. I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher following my appointment in January 2016.
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 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.
We have already made positive progress through the introduction of number of changes that will enable students to achieve the highest levels of achievement and attainment. These include :- a new curriculum; a restructured pastoral structure; 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 for September 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 that this was a very positive visit. The full report letter can be found below.
We will continue to build upon this success in the coming months. I very much look forward to meeting with you in the very near future and working in partnership with you over the coming years to secure the best possible future for all students at Oldbury Academy.
We hope you enjoy browsing through our web site. Our prospectus is available here. Please let us know if you would like us to send you a hard copy of this or any of the other documentation on our site.
Mr P Shackleton