Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Wrap Around Care

Young Carers

The whole of Oasis Academy Shirley Park Primary is committed to meeting the needs of Young Carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils and achieve their potential. Mrs Downton is the designated Young Carers School Lead for the Primary phase, with responsibility for Young Carers and their families. She is available to meet with parents and children to discuss their caring role, please contact her via the main office on either site. Oasis Academy Shirley Park Primary has a designated Young Carers Senior Leadership School Lead, Ms. Botley, with strategic responsibility to support Young Carers in our school, liasing closely with Croydon Local Authority. Oasis Academy Shirley Park Primary has an effective referral system and strong partnership in place with the Croydon Young Carers service and other support agencies. Oasis Academy Shirley Park Primary only shares information with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families. We actively seek feedback and ideas from Young Carers and their families to shape and improve our support. 


There are occasions when children are prescribed medicines, such as antibiotics, even though the doctor regards them as fit to attend school. The Academy would prefer NOT to become involved in the administration of such medicines, but sometimes we feel it is appropriate if your child is well enough to return to school and needs to complete their course of medication. Please speak to the office as each case is different. Children who need medicine as part of a chronic condition, such as asthma, diabetes, attend the office for their medicine as necessary. A member of staff will complete a care plan with parent/carers for their child.


We work closely with a number of services who are able to support us in partnership to offer the wrap around care each of our young people needs to be healthy, happy and confident in their place in the world. 


Oasis Academy Shirley Park Primary works with Place2Be, the UK's leading children's mental health charity, providing in-school support and expert training to help improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. 

How Place2Be helps pupils
Pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. Children can book to see a counsellor on their lunch or break time and attend on their own or in a group.
Place2Be also works with children individually and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most, working closely with parents and school staff.  
There is a dedicated Place2Be room inside the school where children can go to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. This helps children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don’t get in the way of friendships or learning.

Other support from Place2Be
Place2Be also offers support and advice for parents and carers, as well as teachers and school staff. Please do get in touch with our School Project Manager, Tania Bazell, to find out more.

Any questions?
Our Place2Be School Project Manager is Tania Bazell, who works Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She can be contacted via email, telephone or face-to-face:

Tania Bazell, School Project Manager
Place2Be at Oasis Academy Shirley Park -  Primary Phase
Long Lane Campus
Long Lane, Croydon CR0 7AR
Telephone Number: 0208 656 0222 – primary enquiries option
Email: to arrange an appointment

You can also find out more about Place2Be at:  

Oh she has definitely changed…in the way she feels about her school life, her home life, and just the way she is in herself – she is a lot happier


Place2Be helps you feel less angry, make friends, get more confident, sort out your problems, make you feel special, make everything better.

Year 5 pupil


We work closely with an organisation called HumanUtopia, who run life-changing, inspirational workshops for young people, breaking down the barriers between children from all walks of life and social groups.

Their life-changing programmes are aimed at improving the mental health & wellbeing of all participants by empowering them to make positive changes in their life. They motivate each young person to supplement their life-chances by improving their academic performance. Courses range from 1-day events to 5-day workshops.