Vicky Beer, the Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, left Oasis Academy Oldham impressed after a recent visit to find out more about the progress that the school has made.
The Academy, based on Hollins Road, has seen the number of students securing passes in English and maths almost double since 2015 and is now ranked in the top 3% of the most improved schools in the country over that period.
In addition, Oasis Academy Oldham has supported a number of other local education initiatives in the town; including the development of Oasis Academy Oldham, Middleton Road Campus to help ease the pressure on Year 7 places.
Nigel Whittle, Principal, said: “A great deal has happened over a very short period. Our results at GCSE have strengthened in every subject area, students from disadvantaged backgrounds are now matching the performance of their peers and the progress our students make has significantly improved.
“Vicky Beer’s visit, however, gave us the chance to show that these statistics are just part of our story. We wanted her to have the opportunity to see for herself that Oasis Academy Oldham students are young people that our community can rightly be proud of.”
As Regional Schools Commissioner for Lancashire & West Yorkshire, Vicky Beer is responsible for overseeing the progress of all academies in the region.
Mrs Beer said: “Having monitored the progress of Oasis Academy Oldham for the past couple of years, it was a real pleasure to come and to see the impact of the journey the school is being led on.
“What was very clear, from talking to Academy Council members and the pupils themselves, was the increasing profile of the school within the local community and the sense of pride of all those involved.”
Mrs Beer also praised the role that the academy’s sponsor, Oasis Community Learning, has played in helping the school drive up standards.
She added: “It is also very clear to see the way in which the Trust has both supported and challenged the Academy to aid progress thus far. Everyone associated with the Academy should feel very proud of the progress the school is making. This is very much the start of a journey but I am looking forward to seeing the school grow from strength to strength.”
John Murphy, Chief Executive of Oasis Community Learning, added: “We are very grateful to Mrs Beer for taking the time to visit Oasis Academy Oldham and to learn first-hand how Oasis Community Learning academies are serving the young people of Oldham.”
“We are very excited about the support Oasis Community Learning are now able to provide through Oasis academies Oldham and Limeside, and the new development of the Middleton Road Campus, which is the forerunner for Oasis Academy Leesbrook which is opening in September 2018.”
“Thanks too to Mr Whittle, the staff and students at Oasis Academy Oldham who welcomed us. While there is still lots of work to do, the improvement in student progress at the Academy is excellent. When you combine inspiring leadership, a committed and hardworking staff team and an aspirational student body, great things are possible.”