Leading by example: Principal praised as school taken out of special measures


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COMMENDED: Leadership at Oasis Academy Lister Park was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted with Principal, Ian Simpson, praised in the report

COMMENDED: Leadership at Oasis Academy Lister Park was rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted with Principal, Ian Simpson, praised in the report

Teachers and staff at a secondary school in Manningham say they remain ‘determined and dedicated to transform its fortunes’ after its latest Ofsted report revealed that inspectors were impressed with progress, having taken it out of special measures.

During Ofsted’s visit to Oasis Academy Lister Park last month, examiners were pleased by the Academy’s progress, and categorised the school as ‘Requires improvement’ with ‘Good’ leadership and management.  

The report paid particular praise to Principal Ian Simpson and his senior and middle leadership teams for the positive impact their decisions and guidance are having on the Academy.  

Inspectors found that the principal leads by example and has high expectations of all staff and students, and while ambitious, he has an excellent knowledge about what the school must do to improve the progress of all students.  

Commenting on Ofsted’s decision to take the school out of special measures, Mr Simpson, said: “[This] is an important moment on Oasis Academy Lister Park’s journey to becoming an exceptional school.

“I am pleased that Ofsted have recognised the positive impact of the changes that we are making; the progress we’ve made is thanks to the dedication and hard work of the staff and I am extremely grateful to them all.’

As well as praising the leadership of the school, Ofsted also noted the improvement in the quality of teaching, where teachers are delivering more bespoke lessons to meet the needs of their students.  

In addition, inspectors also credited the excellent community links that the school has with the local community, and the positive of impact of guest visitors who are welcomed into the school to speak with students.  

Mr Simpson added: “As the report notes we have work still to do, and as a school we are all more committed than ever to supporting every one of our young people to make the excellent progress that they are capable of and to help them reach their full potential.  

“Rest assured that there is no complacency in transforming the Academy into the outstanding school that this local community so richly deserves.”

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