The National Centre for Diversity (NCFD) held its third prestigious Annual Grand Awards event at the Hotel Ibis, Earls Court in London, with fantastic results for one primary school in Winson Green.
The annual awards celebrate the country’s best organisations in relation to their work for Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement. During the evening the National Centre for Diversity also announced its UK Top 100 Index 2018, highlighting 100 of the UK’s best organisations.
Emma Johnson, Principal of Oasis Academy Foundry, received the UK Principal of the Year award, while the Academy was named ‘UK School or Academy of the Year’ for the second year running. The Academy was 24th position in the National Centre for Diversity’s Top 100 Index 2018, and improvement of two places from last year.
Inclusion and equality runs through Oasis Academy Foundry. Staff are committed to “empower learners to develop a strong sense of right and wrong, good and bad, equality and justice,” and to “foster respect, tolerance and love for others, regardless of race, gender, religion or difference, within a framework of equality of opportunity and fairness.” Furthermore, learners are encouraged to “understand and care about the world in which they live, and to believe in their ability and responsibility to change that world to make it better.”
The Academy’s work and dedication on providing a welcoming, caring environment for every member of the community was recognised in 2015 when it became a ‘School of Sanctuary.’
Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity said “The competition was fierce but Oasis Academy Foundry has done so well to win two of the most prestigious awards. To come 24th is a truly remarkable achievement given the size, scale and resources of some of the other organisations they were up against.”
Emma Johnson, Principal of Oasis Academy Foundry says, “It is very humbling to accept the National Centre for Diversity’s awards for Principal and School of the Year 2018 on behalf of the children, staff and community of Oasis Academy Foundry.”
“Leading a school where over 40 languages are spoken, with children joining us from all over the world, it is vital that inclusion is at the heart of all we do. Our staff, pupils and community have rightly been recognised for all the hard work that is carried out every day to reach the highest educational standards and transform our school community into a family.”
John Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Oasis Community Learning says “The Oasis Community Learning family of academies has a vision for our communities, where everyone is included, making a contribution and reaching their potential.”
“Oasis Academy Foundry is our vision in action. To retain the title as School of the Year, and for Emma Johnson to be recognised for her role in making inclusion and welcome the heart of the Academy, are wonderful achievements and fully deserved. Oasis Community Learning is very proud of the Academy’s ongoing success.”