Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Oasis Academy Foundry's work on inclusion wins them a national award for the third year running

Students, staff, and parents of a local secondary school in Birmingham are celebrating as they are presented with a National Centre for Diversity Award for the third year running.

Oasis Academy Foundry situated in Winson Green, Birmingham were shocked when the Executive Principal, Emma Johnson received an exciting email saying they had won a National Centre for Diversity Award for the third year running.

The annual awards celebrate the country’s best organisations in relation to their work for Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement. During the evening the National Centre for Diversity also announced its UK Top 100 Index 2019, highlighting 100 of the UK’s best organisations.

In 2017, 2018 & this year they won the award for ‘School of The Year’ , in 2018 Emma Johnson, Executive Principal won the ‘Principal of the Year Award’, for exceptional work in inclusion, and this year they have received the ‘SLT of the Year Award’ which is an amazing achievement.

The National Centre for Diversity aims to advance fairness for all in the workplace by helping organisations to embed best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practices. Their goal is to positively influence beliefs, attitudes, behaviour and conduct towards issues surrounding EDI. That’s why their national equality standards ask organisations to do more than just tick boxes; they National Centre for Diversity wants them to transform the workplace environment to one which is equitable and inclusive.

Emma Johnson, Executive Principal of Oasis Academy Foundry, commented on the academy’s success saying; “Our staff, pupils and community have rightly been recognised for all the hard work that is carried out every day to reach the highest educational standards and transform our school community into a family.”

“Leading a school where over 40 languages are spoken, with children joining us from all over the world, it is vital that inclusion is at the heart of all we do.”

Inclusion and equality runs through Oasis Academy Foundry. Staff are committed to “empower learners to develop a strong sense of right and wrong, good and bad, equality and justice,” and to “foster respect, tolerance and love for others, regardless of race, gender, religion or difference, within a framework of equality of opportunity and fairness.”

John Murphy, Chief Executive of Oasis Community Learning, commented on the continued achievement saying; “The Oasis Community Learning family of academies has a vision for our communities, where everyone is included, making a contribution and reaching their potential.”

“Oasis Academy Foundry is our vision in action, and we are very proud of the Academy’s ongoing success.”