Pupils, staff, and parents at a local primary school in Sheffield are celebrating again this week as they begin working with the National School Breakfast Programme and receive a National School of Sanctuary Award.
This news comes weeks after the Department for Education published primary school league tables, where Oasis Academy Fir Vale in Sheffield was listed as not just one of the best in the area, but one of the best in the country at the top 0.2 percentile for progress in writing
Helen Round, Principal of Oasis Academy Fir Vale, commented on the recent success saying; “I am really proud of the children at Oasis Fir Vale and of the progress they are making.
“It has been a pleasure to see children develop independence, self-confidence, a positive attitude to learning and a sense of pride in their achievements. It is important to us that every child has a chance to succeed and we have recently started working with the National School Breakfast Programme to make sure every child has a healthy breakfast so they are ready to learn when they arrive in class. I am very thankful for our dedicated staff team who are passionate about working in the local community.”
Adam Dawson, Deputy Principal of Oasis Academy Fir Vale, added; “The progress scores are a testament to the hard work and commitment from staff and pupils in year 6. We are delighted with progress scores especially in writing where we were in the top 0.2 percentile in the UK for progress. Despite our children’s low starting points, their improved attitudes and resilience towards their learning must be commended!”
Oasis Academy Fir Vale has now begun work with the National School Breakfast Programme, in partnership with Magic Breakfast and funded by the Department for Education which supports schools in disadvantaged communities across the country to improve access to healthy breakfasts and learning.
The programme aims to ensure more children receive a healthy breakfast at the start of their day, improve educational outcomes of young people, and share best practices across school and encourage innovative approaches to school breakfast provision.
It doesn’t stop there for the local primary as last week they became the second only school in Sheffield to be awarded as a School of Sanctuary by the nationwide City of Sanctuary movement.
A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety.
To gain the ‘School of Sanctuary’ status you must visibly demonstrate that you provide an inclusive space for children while also establishing an environment that celebrates cultural diversity, and Oasis Academy Fir Vale have done just that.
The academy supports its pupils, staff and the wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community.
Agnieszka Freeman, Parent Partnership Lead at Oasis Academy Fir Vale, added; “We are so grateful to everyone at Oasis Academy Fir Vale, the families and the community for helping us in achieving this award! We are very proud to become one of the first Schools of Sanctuary in Sheffield - award that recognises our inclusive and welcoming ethos.”