Welcome to Oldfield School
Oldfield School is a caring and vibrant school community. As a school graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted we converted to academy status in 2011. We are an 11-18 school with a comprehensive intake; we admitted boys into Year 7 from September 2012. We now have eight tutor groups in Year 7, there are 50% girls and 50% boys. We are justly proud of the high quality education which we provide. We insist on high standards: we expect students to work to the best of their ability, to behave in a way which shows courtesy to those around them and to wear their uniform smartly. We know that if we have high expectations of our students there is no limit to what they can achieve, the sky’s the limit!
We are extremely proud that Ofsted graded us “Outstanding” once again in their most recent inspection in September 2012 under the tougher regime. In 2004 the DCSF designated us a High Performing Specialist School, one of the first seventy schools nationally to be given this accolade. We have now choose to fund the three specialisms, Science, Arts and Sport ourselves. Since 2008 I have become a National Leader of Education, and Oldfield School a National Support School, helping other schools to improve.
I hope that this website gives you a flavour of our school. Oldfield School is a high achieving and successful school, but we are not complacent, there are always things we can improve on. We hope that you would like to visit the school, we would be delighted to welcome you.
Mrs Kim Sparling
Message from the Chair of Governors
The School and the Department for Education have met. Terms of reference have been agreed for the governance review. The School will be co-operating fully with the review. No further comment will be made at this point.
Mrs J Cope
Chair of Governors
Important - Kelston Road Closure
Due to bore hole testing, Kelston Road at Kelston Manor will be completely closed from midday today (28th February) to cyclists and pedestrians for the next few weeks.
The School will remain open as normal but due to intense rainfall in recent months the A431 Kelston Road will be closed for the foreseeable future.
Diversions are in place. Inbound to Bath via A431 to Willsbridge, A4175 towards the Hicks Gate roundabout, A4 Keynsham bypass, towards the Globe roundabout, A36 Lower Bristol Road, across Windsor Bridge Road, rejoin A431 at Newbridge Hill. Outbound vice versa.
Parents are requested to drop students off outside the school on Kelston Road to reduce congestion on Penn Hill Road.
Buses - Alternative Arrangements
Kelston Road is to be closed for the foreseeable future due to a landslide. The buses are therefore re-routed through Keynsham, which means the journey time will be extended by up to 45 minutes due to the longer route and the busier travelling conditions. Collecting and dropping off points will also be affected as follows:
ABUS (441, 442, 443)
Students are dropped off and collected as close as possible to Penn Hill Road.
First Bus (319, 332)
The buses from Bath to Bristol will travel along the main road towards Kelston Road, but will turn down Old Newbridge Hill rather than carrying on along Kelston Road as in their normal route. Students may catch these buses either at the top of, along, or at the bottom of Old Newbridge Hill, depending on the location of bus stops.
Similarly, in the morning the bus from Bristol to Bath will travel past the bottom of Old Newbridge Hill, so students should leave the bus at this point and walk up the hill to school.
For more information please visit Bath & North East Somerset Road Network update page here.
Success in the League Tables AGAIN!
We are delighted to report that we topped the local School League Tables for 2013.
% achieveing 5A* - C
including English & Maths GCSE
OLDFIELD 77% Ralph Allen 75% Wellsway 74% Beechen Cliff 72% Hayesfield 71% Chew Valley 66% Saint Gregory’s 64% Norton Hill 62% Broadlands 61% Writhlington 60% St Marks 58% Somervale 55% Bath Community Academy 18%
We are very proud that our students, with support from Oldfield teachers, managed to achieve so highly.
The League Tables also put schools into groups of similar schools based on prior attainment. In our national group we are eighth out of 55 schools, this means that there is no statistically better performing school in this group within a 75 mile radius of the school.
As there is a specific focus on achievement in English and Maths, the DfE examine the percentage of students making expected progress.
English Maths OLDFIELD 90% 83% Ralph Allen 84% 80% Hayesfield 79% 79% Beechen Cliff 76% 79% Broadlands 75% 53% Chew Valley 74% 73% Norton Hill 70% 72% St Marks 68% 72% Wellsway 67% 81% St Gregory’s 65% 72% Somervale 61% 72% Writhlington 61% 71% Bath Community Academy 40% 57%
‘Outstanding’ Judgement from Ofsted
We are pleased to report to the school community that our recent Ofsted inspection graded the school, once again, OUTSTANDING.
I’m sure that most people who know the school well were expecting that this would be the judgement as the school is always looking at ways to improve still further.
We received a “no notice” inspection which meant we simply had a phone call the afternoon before the two day inspection. Four inspectors were in school for two days in the second week of term. They had meetings with staff, governors and students, they visited lessons and assemblies, talked informally to students around the school, they looked at lots of school documentation such as the School Development Plan, school policies, safeguarding records etc and analysed the responses from parents.
We were delighted that the inspectors judged us to be OUTSTANDING in every category (Achievement, Teaching, Behaviour and Leadership and Management). The inspection team was very warm in its praise for our students, saying “Students’ behaviour in and outside of lessons is impeccable”.
We hope that everyone in the school community will share in our pride at this fantastic judgement.
View the full 2012 Ofsted Report - (PDF)
Oldfield School gains Artsmark Gold
We are celebrating gaining Artsmark Gold for the fifth time. Artsmark is an award for schools which shows a school’s commitment to arts and cultural provision for all students through a broad and balanced curriculum.
This award started in 2000 and can be gained at basic accredition level or silver or gold. To achieve gold requires a school to devote at least 15% of curriculum time to arts subjects such as dance, art, music and drama. Schools need to show that these arts subjects are enthusiastically chosen by students at GCSE and A level and that there are plentiful extra curricular opportunities such as theatre trips and lunchtime clubs. The award also requires schools to be involved in arts activities with the wider community and have relationships with local arts organisations.
The validator who visited Oldfield School in September was extremely impressed by the breadth of the work she saw, including professional Drama performances as part of PSHE, the Battle of the Bands (Music), BBC School Report (Media), Holburne Museum visits (Art), as well as all Year 7 students performing in the Summer Spectacular – ‘Metamorphosis’. We were delighted that the school’s 2013 production, Wizard of Oz, was seen not only by family/friends, but also in a separate performance by visitors from local residential homes and community groups. This was acknowledged as being an excellent aspect of the school’s work.
Oldfield School has the great accolade of having received the award five times at GOLD level since 2000. We have been told that we are one of only 14 schools nationally to have received gold the maximum of five times. Catherine Price, Operations Coordinator at Trinity College, the organiser for Artsmark on behalf of Arts Council England said, “you should all be very proud of your achievement.” Vice Chair of Governors, Mr D Giles, presented the school with the Artsmark Gold certificate in a celebratory assembly on Tuesday 19th November.
Secondary School Achievement Tables
Welfare on School Site
The school will not tolerate any verbal or physical assault on staff in person, by phone, email or letter. The school reserves the right to take any necessary action, this may include a banning order.