Crystal Palace Partnership
The curriculum is enhanced through effective work with partnership organisations
Oasis Academy Shirley Park is proud to be working with Crystal Palace Football Club in piloting the Crystal Palace Academy @ Oasis Academy Shirley Park for U14 and U15 players, following a model used in the most successful clubs in Continental Europe.
Under the leadership of the club's Academy Manager, Ben Smith, and our Assistant Principal Peter Yates and Link Worker, Lesley North, the partnership provides quality education in state of the art facilities, whilst presenting the Crystal Palace coaching team with the opportunity to work with the players more intensively on their football education and training.
Oasis Academy Shirley Park students who have already passed through the Crystal Palace Academy are Sean Scannell, Ibra Sekajja and Alex Wynter. Read on to find out about Alex's story . . . . .
Alex joined Crystal Palace Academy at age 9, whilst attending Davidson Primary School. Whilst in Year 11 at Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Alex accomplished feats that very few have achieved: he made a first team debut in the FA Cup; signed a professional contract with Crystal Palace FC; was the first ever Head Boy at Oasis Academy Shirley Park; and achieved 12 GCSEs, 6 of those at Grade A.
Whilst still studying at OASP and fulfilling his training commitments with the CP Academy, Alex had to balance his study and football time carefully. He recalls that staff understood what football means to the boys, "they make sure we understand that school work is as important. I missed so much school because of Palace so could have fallen behind. Because of the support of the staff, I fulfilled my potential".
Alex also went on to say "teachers give you a chance and will really help you. They put interventions in place if you are struggling. These were before and after lessons during the GCSEs and the school even paid top rated specialist tutors to come in during the holidays. Refresher lessons were also put on for the morning of each of the exams. Everything was in place for us to succeed".
On the ethos of the Academy, Alex said "the best thing about Oasis is that it is one big family. Individuals are important and everyone is valued. It is a good atmosphere where you are allowed to make mistakes and have jokes, although there is a line that everyone knows not to cross". Having left the Academy two years ago, Alex is still a regular visitor through our door and he says it is like 'coming home'.
In terms of our current cohort of Academy players, we are thrilled that the U15 boys team is English Schools Football Association champions, having beaten Ribblesdale Technology College at Derby County's ground, Pride Park. This team was made up of Academy players, as well as regular Oasis Academy Shirley Park students. Another success story of the Academy is Kyle Spence, who has representated his national side, Scotland, in the youth squad.