The children and teachers of Putney’s newest primary school were joined by their parents, local well-wishers and invited guests on the 19th January to celebrate the official opening of Oasis Academy Putney. The Secretary of State for Education and local MP, Justine Greening, cut the ribbon during a special assembly and declared the Academy open.
In front of an attentive audience, the school’s reception class welcomed their guests and then performed a number of songs, before the Education Secretary was invited to declare the Academy open. The children presented special thank you cards to the organisations who made their school possible: Wandsworth Council, Oasis Community Learning, Wimbledon and Putney Common Conservators and Durkan. At the conclusion of the ceremony, two of the pupils were helped by Ms Greening to plant a tree at the entrance to the school. The tree now stands as a reminder of the opening event, and its growth and development will reflect that of the children as they progress through the Academy.
Di Morgan, Executive Principal of the new school said, “Today is a very proud moment for all of us at Oasis Academy Putney, and for the large number of people whose vision and hard work has contributed to the completion of this beautiful new school for future generations of Putney children. Oasis Academy Putney is already a happy, safe and challenging environment, in which local children are flourishing academically and growing into caring and responsible members of their local community.
“We are very grateful that so many members of our local community could join us for the celebrations; a special mention to our pupils’ parents and of course our guest of honour, Putney’s MP and the Education Secretary, Justine Greening.”
Education Secretary, Justine Greening, said: “Opening the Oasis Academy primary school in Putney was a real honour. The new building is hugely impressive and its first group of pupils have made a great start and happily settled into what I am sure will be a fantastic local school for parents and our community.
“It has all the right tools to give children an excellent education. I wish the teachers, staff and pupils all the best for the future and I look forward to hearing about their progress.”
Oasis Academy Putney was built as the result of collaboration between Wandsworth Council and construction experts Durkan, and is part of a wider development.
Fraser Wells, Managing Director of Durkan Estates, said: “Our collaboration with Wandsworth Council demonstrates how partnership working can deliver valuable community assets, as well as providing a development of quality new homes to the area. We’re very pleased to be joining our project partners in welcoming the first pupils to their exciting new Academy.”
Oasis Academy Putney is situated on the former Putney Hospital site on Putney Common, Lower Richmond Road, and is a two-form entry primary school. The Academy currently has a reception class, and will be gradually filled up to full occupancy of 420 four to eleven year olds.
The Academy is designed as an exciting environment for primary-aged children to learn and develop in, and is built with direct views and access to the adjacent Putney Common. The children will be able to use their environment, inside and out, to develop their confidence, creativity and social skills whilst feeling safe, loved and included.