The National Centre for Diversity held its prestigious Annual Grand Awards event at the Queens Hotel in Leeds last week, with a fantastic result for Oasis Academy Foundry.
The annual awards are held in order to celebrate the country’s best companies and organisations in relation to their work for Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement. There prizes mark the contributions of those work tirelessly every day, to ensure that there is equality of opportunity for all within their organisations – whatever your background.
Birmingham’s Oasis Academy Foundry was named ‘UK School or Academy of the Year’ during the celebrations, and it was revealed to be 26th in the National Centre for Diversity’s Top 100 Index 2017.
Oasis Academy Foundry is committed to inclusion and opportunities for every pupil, regardless of ability or background. Their vision is to ‘build a strong school that delivers a first education’, but also to ‘build an interconnected community, recognising that educational needs do not exist in isolation from the needs of the whole person.’ Pupils are encouraged to develop ‘respect, tolerance and love for others, regardless of race, gender, religion or difference, within a framework of equality of opportunity and fairness.’
Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity says “The Grand Awards has been phenomenal. I’d like to offer huge congratulations to not only the award winners, but those who were also shortlisted and nominated for one of our awards.”
"Beyond this year’s Awards evening, we at the National Centre for Diversity know that there are fantastic people right across the country; working hard to make their organisations, wider communities and the UK in general a better and more equitable place for us all. We commend you all for your hard work, we know this is a journey that never stops, and we’re here to support you all in that journey.”
Emma Johnson, Principal of Oasis Academy Foundry says, “We are very grateful to the National Centre for Diversity for their School of the Year award.”
“Inclusion, respect, engagement are inherent at our Academy, they are aspects of our character as a school. This award is for all of pupils, parents, staff and our wider community – we work together and support one another for the benefit of the children.”
“Our pupils’ progress and development is what drives us, so that they can grow into conscientious and positive members of this great community.”
John Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Community Learning says; “At Oasis Community Learning our academies are committed to inclusion, equality, healthy relationships, hope and perseverance. Oasis Academy Foundry manifests each of these characteristics and it is an inspirational place to teach and learn. Emma and her team fully deserve this national award, and as a family of academies we are very proud of their achievement.”