Yesterday, I tweeted my congratulations to Oasis Academy Shirley Park on their record GCSE results. 69% of pupils got 5 A*-C grade GCSEs including English and Maths. Ashburton, the school Oasis Shirley Park replaced, achieved just 26% in its final year five years ago.
A few hours later, I received the message below from the principal, Glen Denham:
“As you know, we had uplift in results again and we had a wonderful GCSE results day. Lots of happy tears from students, staff and parents. It's great to see our community celebrating; particularly, with the national picture, we are enormously proud to 'buck the trend'.
“However, it’s still not good enough and we must compete with the Trinitys, Whigifts and Croydon Highs of the world, we must do better. We celebrate the 69% of students that got 5A*-C with English and Maths, but we have the 31% that didn't get it in the forefront of our minds as a leadership team.
“We are determined to do better next year and we are driven to get the world class results for our kids and families that they so rightly deserve.”
This message very succinctly illustrates how this transformation has happened and why Ofsted concluded that Oasis Shirley Park is an outstanding school. They have just achieved record results and their Principal's response is “Not good enough, we must do better”.