Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening MP, yesterday visited Oasis' ‘Outstanding’ Oasis Academy Limeside in Oldham. The Minister’s visit, one of the first she has made to a school since her appointment, was spent meeting the pupils and teachers at the Academy for over an hour before taking part in a Question and Answer session with local school leaders, community members and staff from the National Teaching School.
Welcomed by Oasis Community Learning’s Chief Executive John Murphy, and Oasis Academy Limeside’s Principal Helen Arya, Ms Greening was given a brief introduction to the work of Oasis across the country followed by an explanation about the journey that Oasis Academy Limeside has been on to become the ‘Outstanding’ Academy and National Teaching School it is today.
Ms Greening then toured the Academy, taking the time to meet with children of all ages and observe their lessons. The pupils all introduced themselves with confidence, sharing their knowledge and achievements with the Secretary of State, while the high quality teaching taking place came from across the school’s diverse curriculum.
Year Five pupils showed off their grasp of Chinese, before the Secretary of State joined Year Six for their ‘Mathematics for mastery’ lesson. In the hall was a PE lesson of fencing, while across the corridor Year Four were grappling with philosophy.
The visit coincided with the announcement that Oldham is one of six opportunity areas who will benefit from a share of £60 million to help local children get the best start in life, and provided an opportunity for the Academy to demonstrate how every day they help to close the attainment gap and build in our pupils the aspiration, academic skills and resilience needed to succeed in life.