The hard work and commitment of staff and pupils at a school in Croydon to embed inclusion into everything that they do has been recognised with the achievement of the Inclusion Quality Mark.
In a letter from Joe McCann, Director of the independent Inclusion Quality Mark, Oasis Academy Ryelands is described as ‘an excellent example of inclusive practice, energy and aspirational for all members of the school community.’
‘Joy and celebration are important for all pupils and the voice of every pupil in this school is vibrant and significant. This is a school that clearly evidences focus, energy and enthusiasm in its commitment to the growing reality of inclusion for all.’
In the in-depth assessment Inclusion Quality Mark made of the Academy, the assessor found a commitment to inclusion at every turn.
They observed excellent behaviour in and around the school thanks to a behaviour policy that rewards tolerance, kindness, friendliness and a willingness to ‘have a try’. Assessors were particularly impressed with the Academy’s vision for ‘I CARE’ that stands for inclusion, community, aspiration, resilience and enjoyment.
Inclusion Quality Mark were impressed by the school environment and facilities. They describe the Academy’s multi-sensory room as a ‘jewel in the crown’, which had a ‘calming influence it had on one pupil with a range of additional needs’, and is a ‘transformational resource for some of the most challenged children.’
Assessors met with a vocal group of parents with children across all year groups at the Academy. The parents were full of praise for the school’s work on inclusion, and ‘continually reported that Mr Lillo and his staff go the ‘extra mile’ to provide all children with opportunities to achieve their full potential even when the circumstances can at times be challenging.’
Inclusion Quality Mark were so impressed by what they saw at the Academy, that they recommended that the Principal considers applying for Centre of Excellence status in the future.
Oasis Academy Ryeland’s Principal, Glenn Lillo, commented on the Academy’s new status, saying, ‘Inclusion is a way of life at Oasis Academy Ryelands. We are determined to create an outstanding, inspiring educational environment for each of our children, regardless of background, or need.’
‘While we do not focus on inclusion and equality for such accolades, we are very grateful to Inclusion Quality Mark, and credit goes to our parents, staff and of course the children, for all they have done to embed equality across every lesson and classroom.’
‘Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and to grow, learn and flourish.’