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
2013 Best Results Ever!
Oldfield School is celebrating the best ever set of GCSE results which mean that once again we have topped the local state school league table. The government’s flagship measure of students gaining 5A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths was 77%. This is 4% up on last year’s result.
In a year when GCSE results declined nationally our results are on the increase, nationally 68% of GCSE grades were A*-C, at Oldfield this was 88%. We are particularly pleased that 32% of grades were A*/A.
We must congratulate all of the students who worked so hard to gain and exceed their target grades. Subjects which did especially well were Biology 51% A*/A, Chemistry 50% A*/A, Physics 50% A*/A, Art 47% A*/A, Belief and Values 54% A*/A, Business Studies 46% A*/A, German 61% A*/A, ICT 52% A*/A.
There were many outstanding individual student results, these included the following students who gained at least 9A*/A (in many cases 11):-
Eleanor Bailey, Elizabeth Basson, Jessica Curry, Sian David, Tyler Fletcher, Hannah Kinch, Lauren Kinsman, Sophia Knight, Olivia Luker, Yumna Mahmood, Georgia Norman, Annabelle Pemberton, Isabel Robe, Emily Vincent, Kareina Walters, Eve Watson, Arabella Williams, Abigail Yap.
These results conclude an exceptional year when Oldfield retained its OUTSTANDING grading which many other local schools lost. Ofsted, in September 2012, stated “This is an outstanding school. Students thrive in an environment that is highly conducive to excellent learning.
‘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.