Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Oasis Academy Shirley Park is leading the way after achieving the Gold SMSC Quality Mark

Oasis Academy Shirley Park is leading the way after achieving the Gold SMSC Quality Mark
Daniel Marsh

Pupils at a Croydon primary school are on track to become questioning and discerning young citizens who will leave school equipped to make a difference in the world.

Oasis Academy Shirley Park primary phase, situated on Long Lane and Stroud Green Way in Croydon, are celebrating this week as they are one of only a handful of schools to have been awarded the SMSC – spiritual, moral, social and cultural – Gold award, reflecting the work the school does to promote people’s personal development.

Young people and staff are encouraged to think about the kind of people they aspire to be, the work they wish to create and the kind of education the school aspires to provide.

Joanne Botley, Primary Phase Principal at Oasis Academy Shirley Park, said; “We are delighted to have been awarded the Gold SMSC Award, we are committed to achieving the best outcomes of all our pupils.”

“We are pleased that our efforts to achieve this has been acknowledged by an independent team of inspectors, and to also be informed that we are one of only a handful of schools in the country to achieve this fantastic award.”

The SMSC Quality Mark has been developed by a working group comprised of educational consultants, staff from the Citizenship Foundation, headteachers and teachers.

The award recognised that children aspire to be the ambassadors of the Oasis Habits both in and out of school, to lead by example and to show the community how they can be the very best of themselves. Staff and Pupils continue to work in collaboration to ensure that their community is a happy, vibrant and safe place for all. Children continue to add their views through school council meetings and various other pupil voice activities.

Roshan Rampersad, SMSC Lead at Oasis Academy Shirley Park, added; “Allowing our pupils to be successful and providing the best possible education at the heart of the community is what we do.”

“We want all of our pupils to develop into articulate and well-informed individuals who will be successful in all aspects of their lives.”

“Pupil voice and engagement with the community is a big strength in our academy, parents and children can talk to staff about many issues which is taken on board and the school will implement changes following these discussions. There is a continuous evolution of positive change in our school that meets the needs of our school community.”

The Quality Mark is designed to reflect the work schools do to develop pupils so they can make a positive difference to the society in which they live – locally, nationally and even globally.

In the National SMSC Quality Mark Verification Report addressed to Principal Joanne Botley, and SMSC Lead Roshan Rampersad, by independent verifier Sian Rowland she said; “The Oasis habits run throughout the school and the pupils were able to describe exactly what the habits mean for them. The Ethos team has worked hard to pull all the stands of SMSC together and the adaptation of various PSHE schemes to create a tailor-made programme, works well.”

“The school has been recognised for its values-led curriculum, which has as its foundation the Oasis habits.”

“The ‘You are Awesome’ nurture groups are a real success. It will be exciting to roll these out across a larger group of pupils and to share the session with the wider Oasis family.”

She concluded; “I congratulate Oasis Academy Shirley Park on the Gold standard of SMSC development that is afforded your pupils; Young Citizens will be discussing with the school which aspects of their provision can be shared with other schools.”

Louise Lee, Regional Director for London & South East at Oasis Community Learning, congratulated the staff and pupils saying; “This report is a credit to Joanne, Roshan and the team at Oasis Academy Shirley Park and the work they all do to ensure every child gets the very best education and start in life.”